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Panels & Topics

June 15th, 2023

9:00 – 09:30


Registration / Coffee & Tea

09:30 – 09:45

Opening remarks

Jorgovanka Tabaković, Governor, National Bank of Serbia

09:45 – 10:25

Regulators about Fintech

Moderator: Anica Telesković, journalist


  • Dragana Stanić, Vice-Governor, National Bank of Serbia
  • Zorica Kalezić, Vice-Governor, Central Bank of Montenegro
  • Luljeta Minxhozi, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Albania

10:25 – 11:00

Panel #1: The FinTech state of mind

Business and regulatory FinTech trends and challenges to watch out for!

The year in review 2022: What the Fintech Happened? How has the latest financial crisis influenced financial markets and how FinTechs? What new regulations will define how FinTech will operate in the future? Which new market trends are emerging? The cybercrimes – FinTech menace – and how to handle it?

  • Post-Covid tech – world earthquake – what are the implications?
  • The downfall of BNPL-Is the B(NPL) the new NPL?
  • CBDC – the future of the money? Are Central banks in SEE considering issuing digital currencies?
  • Trending regulations in the EU and its effects on the SEE market: What does MiCA mean for the EU and what for non-EU markets? How is DORA relevant?

Moderator: Dušica Lukač, Partner, DL Capital Partners


  • Linardo Martinčević, CNB Fintech Coordinator / Advisor at Office of the Governor, Croatian National Bank
  • Ana Nives Radović, Founder, FinTech Online Center
  • Tanja Bivić Plankar, President, Blockchain Alliance Europe
  • Željka Motika, Partner, Motika & Partners

11:00 – 11:20

Networking break / Coffee & Tea

11:20 – 11:45

CFA Society Warm-up Session

Banks vs. Fintech: cooperation, competititon or something else

Moderator: Ognjen Vasiljević, Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, CFA Society Serbia


  • Miloš Bajčetić, Chair of the Board, CFA Society Serbia
  • Nikola Milićević, Technology Business Consultant, FIS

11:45 – 12:30

Panel #2: Banks, payment platforms, and FinTechs

Round 2: Is there enough room for all?

  • Banking as a service – trends
  • Digital ID is the cornerstone of winning the FinTech race in SEE. What are we waiting for?
  • The growth of neo-banks and digital-only banks in SEE
  • Old (new) faces – Embracing the Change- How are mainstream payment platforms pushing the development of FinTechs?

Moderator: Merima Mahmutović, Country Ambassador, EWPN & Senior Manager SEE – Bank Strategy & Transformation, PWC


  • Slobodan Lukić, Merchant Sales and Acquiring Director, Visa South East Europe
  • Dejan Janjatović, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NLB Komercijalna banka
  • Stefan Kostić, CEO, IPfication
  • Aleksandar Bogdanović, CEO / President of the Executive Board, Mobi Banka

12:30 – 12:50

Networking Break / Coffee & Tea

12:50 – 13:10

Warm-up Session: Cross-border banking for emerging customer segments

Do we understand needs of digital economy participants?

On the Warm up Session we will discuss needs of digital economy participants and readiness of banks to address and support emerging customer segments

  • Nikola Mehandžić, Director, Payoneer Serbia
  • Mirko Antić, Member of the Management Board, Atos Bank

13:10 – 13:20

Pop-up Presentation Blik

13:20 – 14:00

Panel #3: APIs and Embedded Finance

Everything, everywhere, and all in the real-time

Improving customer experiences is one of the key engines behind the growth of embedded finance. The new (old) approach to offering financial services typically associated with financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies is creating a world of opportunities for financial service providers and non-financial companies alike. It’s all about offering services when and where people need them.

  • Embedded Banking – bank accounts and associated debit cards
  • Payments Reinvented – A world beyond credit cards
  • Can e-commerce retailers offer banking services?
  • BNPLs innovations and challenges

Moderator: Aleksandar Zarić, International Development Organizations and IFIs Consultant


  • Piotr Jan Pietrzak, International Development Director, Non-European Markets, Blik
  • Zoran Marinković, CEO & Founder, Zwebb Fintech
  • Ana Čedić, Payment Solutions Manager – Fintech Department, Ananas E-Commerce

14:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:20

Warm-up session

Preventing fraud with fintech solutions

As technology advances and becomes more accessible to the general public, detecting and preventing fraud is growing more complex. Effective fraud prevention calls for tight-knit collaboration among all market participants, complemented by heavy reliance on technology.

Join us to explore this practical collaboration through the story of implementing Whisper. This innovative tool, designed to avert double-financing fraud in factoring at a national scale, is a result of the collective efforts of Finspot, a Serbian startup, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, and several Serbian banks and factoring companies.

Learn about this unique blend of technology, innovation, and teamwork and understand how they are reshaping the landscape of fraud prevention.


  • Ognjen Kurtić, Founder & CTO, Finspot
  • Vladimir Đorđević, Senior Advisor, Chamber of commerce and industry of Serbia

15:20 – 15:50

Panel #4: What does the future hold for DeFi?
  • Smart contracts – use case
  • ReFi vs DeFi – trends and challenges
  • Fueling the growth of DeFi: challenging traditional debt markets and the increase in tokenization of assets
  • CBDCs vs stablecoins

Moderator: Aleksandar Bijelić, CEO, MVP Workshop


  • Tanja Dimitrijević, Head of Legal, Red Acre Ltd
  • Ognjen Kurtić, Founder & CTO, Finspot

15:50 – 16:10

Fireside Chat: Investing in FinTechs

Romancing the investors

Calling all investors and startups – The sources of finance in FinTechs are diverse. From venture capital to private equity funds, corporates, banks, asset managers, and even national governments. Find out what conditions, business models, and products they are looking to invest in. Listen to the first-hand experiences on exit strategies from fintech founders.

Moderator: Dušica Lukač, Partner, DL Capital Partners


  • Marius Ghenea, Managing Partner, Catalyst Romania
  • Krisztian Gyepes, Investment Manager, Elevator Ventures

16:10 – 16:30

Networking break / Coffee & Tea

16:30 – 17:10

Panel #5

The (ad)venture fund founding journey in SEE

Moderator: Vladimir Pavlović, CEO, WMEP


  • Suzana Šijakinjić, Attorney at Law, Mraković Marković & Partners
  • Davor Sakač, CEO, TS Ventures Fund
  • Peđa Predin, General Partner & Co-founder, Fifth Quarter Ventures
  • Miloš Matić, Founding Partner, Omorika Ventures

17:10 – 18:10

Cocktail & Networking

Note: The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program