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Ognjen Vlačina


Ognjen Vlačina who is currently appointed as Global Purchaser for Financial services & payments at INGKA Group Procurement has a strong business acumen into Finance, Banking and Retail area.

Graduating from esteemed institutions such as Faculty of Economics in Belgrade, Serbia and ACCA - Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business he is now almost with 20 years of continuous and proven business experience in South-East Europe region and globally. Working on market expansion projects, payment set up & management, leading collaboration & negotiation with PSP’s, Banks, Card processors, Card acquirers and FinTech’s, give him a compacted and holistic foundation in broad payment area and economy.

Specific field where he feels like “fish in the water” is world of (retail) Payments, so he is keen to read, discuss, elaborate, listen anything relevant in this interesting area in connection with different stakeholders (Banks, Fintech, Retail, Regulatory, Technology ..).

He is also, selected member of the Diaspora Business Advisory Council (DiaBAC) Board (USAID BiH), member of the advisory board of regional banking and payment conference Connectiva CEE, writing journalist for regional portal BUKA and writer.

Besides, as a payment expert in past several years he is texting numerous relevant articles in global payment and insight magazine ThePaypers and local business portal Naša Mreža exploring on interesting way latest trends and challenges in payments, technology and banking.