Past Speaker

#digifin19 | Jackson Bond
Jackson Bond
Chief Industry Evangelist & Co-Founder
relayr
#digifin19 | Jackson Bond

Jackson Bond

Chief Industry Evangelist & Co-Founder
relayr

Jackson Bond is Co-Founder and Chief Industry Evangelist at relayr. Jackson was previously Chief Product Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, building out the Product and Marketing teams at relayr since 2013. He has spent the last 5 years advising engineers and executives in heavy industry, to understand their pain points and needs, to help them leverage their machine data to achieve a predictive state and digital transformation. Jackson previously co-founded MONOQI, a leading eCommerce platform for design products, and 8hertz Technologies, a speech-recognition application company, sold to VOXGEN UK in 2007. He has also worked in Corporate Development building new products and services for the German business network XING AG and for the Holtzbrinck Group company, Parship. Jackson has lived in Germany 27 years, currently in Berlin with his wife and two daughters.

#digifin19 | Marco Börries
Marco Börries
CEO & Founder
NumberFour
#digifin19 | Marco Börries

Marco Börries

CEO & Founder
NumberFour

Marco Börries is a German entrepreneur with a passion for making ideas work. enfore is his fourth start-up and was founded in 2009 as NumberFour AG. 

He founded his first company Star Division, inspired by a Silicon Valley school exchange, as a 16-year-old back in 1985. The company created the popular office suite StarOffice and later OpenOffice.org. Star Division was sold to Sun Microsystems in 1999 and Marco stayed on as Vice President.

He started his second company Star Finanz as a joint-venture with the Deutsche Sparkassen Organisation in 1996, to re-invent online banking with StarMoney – that became the leading product in Germany. Marco sold his share in StarFinanz to his joint venture partners in 2001.

digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Nazim Cetin
Dr Nazim Cetin
CEO
Allianz X
digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Nazim Cetin

Dr Nazim Cetin

CEO
Allianz X
  • 2017 – PRESENT | ALLIANZ X GMBH – CEO
    • Lead Allianz SE’s digital investment unit.
  • 2012 – 2017 | BERTELSMANN SE – VICE PRESIDENT CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT & NEW BUSINESSES, HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
    • Design and execution of Bertelsmann’s divisional digitization strategy (incl.M&A).
    • Lead global Bertelsmann Marketplace/Platform initiative.
    • Restructured operations in Turkey, expanded service scope by SCM services via M&A
  • 2009 – 2012 | AGORA42 VERLAGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH – FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
    • Founder and publisher (together with bestselling author Richard David Precht) of first German magazine focusing on philosophy and economics.
  • 2004 – 2007 | MAPLE BANK GMBH – VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL FINANCE
    • Developed commercial finance division (Germany, UK and Canada).
    • Grew commercial finance portfolio from USD 200mn to USD 1.1bn.
  • 2003 – 2004 | VEGA STRUCTURED FINANCE GMBH – CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
    • Advisor for banks (IBB AG, KSK Ebersberg, Maple Bank) and SMEs.
    • Structured and placed transactions with face value EUR 100+ mn.
  • 2002 – 2003 | LANDESBANK BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG – TRAINEE INVESTMENT BANKING
#digifin19 | Carolin Gabor
Dr Carolin Gabor
Chief Commercial Officer
finleap
#digifin19 | Carolin Gabor

Dr Carolin Gabor

Chief Commercial Officer
finleap

Dr Carolin Gabor joined the finleap management team in May 2016. As Chief Commercial Officer at finleap, she is responsible for the business development of the company builder. Together with strategic partners from various industries she develops innovative business models for the purpose of building joint ventures that have the potential to become a clear winner in the respective industry.
Previously, Carolin spent ten years working for Boston Consulting Group as a strategic consultant in the field of financial services and M&A. Afterwards, she became the CEO of Toptarif.de and later held the CEO position of autohaus24.de GmbH, both of which were successfully exited to strategic buyers.

Carolin strongly encourages women and female entrepreneurs working in the financial industry. She founded the initiative fintexx – women in finance, which empowers women in finance with the aim to give them more visibility and networking opportunities.

digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Tamaz Georgadze
Dr Tamaz Georgadze
CEO & Co-Founder
Raisin/Weltsparen
digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Tamaz Georgadze

Dr Tamaz Georgadze

CEO & Co-Founder
Raisin/Weltsparen

Prior to building and scaling Europe’s leading marketplace for deposit-insured savings products and investments, Raisin co-founder Tamaz Georgadze spent ten years with McKinsey & Co., the last three as a Principal leading McKinsey's Savings and Investment products service line for EMEA countries, serving some of the largest retail, universal and wholesale banks in Europe and Asia. His core areas of expertise were performance management and organization, deposit gathering, direct banking, branch transformation, SME strategy and regulation. As Raisin CEO Tamaz is focused on partner bank acquisition, business development, and legal and regional expansion efforts. He is also a sought-after speaker on trends in fintech, open banking and related areas of European regulation, as well as advocate for a strong EU. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics and honors law degree from the University of Giessen as well as an international economics degree from Tbilisi State University.

digifin21 | Speaker - Georg Hauer
Georg Hauer
General Manager - Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH)
N26
digifin21 | Speaker - Georg Hauer

Georg Hauer

General Manager - Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH)
N26

Georg is General Manager at N26, the mobile bank, for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Previously, he led N26’s global Lifecycle and Product Marketing. Before N26 Georg Hauer was General Manager at Uber and management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and a Magister from WU Vienna.

digifin21 | Speaker - Jessica Holzbach
Jessica Holzbach
CCO & Co-Founder
Penta
digifin21 | Speaker - Jessica Holzbach

Jessica Holzbach

CCO & Co-Founder
Penta

Jessica Holzbach is a founder and CCO of Penta, the digital only banking platform for SMEs with more than 6,000 business clients in Germany. Before that she founded her first startup out of university and spent major part of her career as a management consultant, supervising various CRM projects for financial institutions and insurance companies.

digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Jörg Kukies
Dr Jörg Kukies
State Secretary
German Federal Ministry of Finance
digifin21 | Speaker - Dr Jörg Kukies

Dr Jörg Kukies

State Secretary
German Federal Ministry of Finance
  • 1998: A-level, Gutenberg Grammar School in Mainz
  • 1990 – 1994: Studies in Economic Sciences at University Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne)
  • 1995 – 1997: Master of Public Administration at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 1997 – 2001: Ph.D. in Finance at University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business
  • 2001 – 2004: Employee, Product Development, Goldman Sachs International, London
  • 2004 – 2011: Employee and since 2007 Head of Share Transactions Division Germany/Austria, Goldman Sachs International, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2011 – 2014: Head of Share Derivatives Division Europe, Middle East and Africa, Goldman Sachs International, London
  • 2014 – 2018: Co-Chairman of the Executive Board, Goldman Sachs AG & Head of the Frankfurt Branch of Goldman Sachs International
  • Since 2018: State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Finance
#digifin19 | Woo Fung Kwong
Woo Fung Kwong
Co-Head of the Aladdin Wealth Tech Business
BlackRock Solutions (BRS)
#digifin19 | Woo Fung Kwong

Woo Fung Kwong

Co-Head of the Aladdin Wealth Tech Business
BlackRock Solutions (BRS)

Woo Fung Kwong, Managing Director, is the Co-Head of the Aladdin Wealth Tech business within BlackRock Solutions (BRS). Aladdin Wealth Tech solutions include Aladdin Wealth, iRetire, FutureAdvisor, Advisor Center & Team World, as well as BlackRock's stakes in partner firms like iCapital, Scalable Capital, Acorns & Envestnet. With the global wealth management industry in a period of rapid transformation, Aladdin Wealth Tech is partnering with wealth managers to enhance their value proposition to their end clients, create rigor and scale in their investment process, and grow their businesses in a differentiated way. Mr. Kwong is a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee. In addition to leading Aladdin Wealth Tech, Mr. Kwong is the Senior Advisor to BRS Analytics & Modeling, which is responsible for building financial models to analyze securities and portfolios. These analytics are delivered via Aladdin, a proprietary multi-asset investment and risk management system that can bring significant scale in helping clients understand the risks that they have and model the impact of actions on portfolios. The Portfolio Analytics Group (PAG) within Analytics & Modeling is responsible for applying Aladdin's analytical capabilities in support of a wide range of strategic firm-wide initiatives across investments, risk management, clients, and business operations. Mr. Kwong has been with BlackRock for over two decades in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to starting the Aladdin Wealth business, he led the Analytics & Modeling team since the inception of the BRS business. Mr. Kwong is involved in many firm-wide initiatives, including his significant focus on talent development, mentoring, and sponsoring the Associates Arena network globally. Mr. Kwong joined BlackRock as an Analyst in PAG in 1994 from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics in Economics.

#digifin19 | Panni Morshedi
Panni Morshedi
MD International
Funding Circle
#digifin19 | Panni Morshedi

Panni Morshedi

MD International
Funding Circle

Panni is Managing Director of Funding Circle's international markets, with responsibility for Germany and the Netherlands as well as for launching new markets. She joined the business in 2014 and has been an integral part of Funding Circle’s growth and expansion ever since.

Panni has more than 15 years’ experience in building and scaling global technology businesses. Prior to joining Funding Circle, she was a member of the founding team at Wonga leading Product Development and launching the first international markets, scaling the business into a global consumer lender within three years.

#digifin19 | Erik Podzuweit
Erik Podzuweit
CEO & Founder
Scalable Capital
#digifin19 | Erik Podzuweit

Erik Podzuweit

CEO & Founder
Scalable Capital

Erik has many years of experience in the financial and e-commerce sector. Bevor founding Scalable Capital he was Co-CEO at Westwing Home & Living Germany. Prior to this, Erik spent 7 years working in London and Frankfurt as an Executive Director for Goldman Sachs. Erik studied Business and Economics at the University of Kiel and Warwick Business School where he also was a tutor for statistics and econometrics.

#digifin19 | Julian Teicke
Julian Teicke
CEO & Founder
wefox Group
#digifin19 | Julian Teicke

Julian Teicke

CEO & Founder
wefox Group

Julian Teicke is 32 years old, German/American and serial founder, investor and mentor. He is an entrepreneur out of passion to fundamentally change the status-quo in the insurance industry.

After his studies, he co-founded ‘DeinDeal’, a leading e-commerce platform in Switzerland, which was led to a dominant market position and was successfully sold to an international media company. He is also a founding member of EMPAUA and successfully mentors a series of ‘game changing’ startups.

Julian is the founder of wefox Group and holds responsible for ‘its purpose and vision’. He started wefox in 2014, the digital platform connecting brokers to their customers and insurers as well as establishing ONE in 2018, the first fully-digital European Insurance carrier. Today, Julian holds the position of Group CEO, the mother organization of wefox and ONE, with a view to fastly scale both business globally, whilst building a third business pillar: Nexus, connecting insurance.

Julian graduated with a BA in Business Administration in St. Gallen.

#digifin19 | Tom Van den Brulle
Tom Van den Brulle
Global Head of Innovation
Munich Re
#digifin19 | Tom Van den Brulle

Tom Van den Brulle

Global Head of Innovation
Munich Re

Tom Van den Brulle was born in Seattle/USA in 1970 to Belgian parents. He completed his law studies in 1995 (universities: Freiburg/Breisgau, Sheffield, Munich) and was admitted as attorney-at-law to the bar in 1997. He started his career with Munich Re in 1998 in various underwriting positions in Munich and in Paris until 2006. Tom Van den Brulle received an MBA from Paris business school ESCP-EAP in 2002. 

In 2007, Tom was responsible for strategy and M&A-operations in the reinsurance sector before taking a Management position for Casualty Underwriting in 2008. In 2011 he became CEO of Munich Re, Milan followed by a worldwide responsibility for Health Reinsurance business of the group. 

In May 2017 he assumed the role of “Global Head of Innovation” with the overall goal of steering innovation projects worldwide. He oversees the ideation process and the development of new business models/ distribution channels and is responsible for external partnerships as well as investments in start-ups.

#digifin19 | Smriti Vicari
Smriti Vicari
Lead Strategy & Corporate Development Europe
Visa Europe
#digifin19 | Smriti Vicari

Smriti Vicari

Lead Strategy & Corporate Development Europe
Visa Europe

Smriti Vicari is the Lead Strategy & Corporate Development Europe at Visa Europe. She oversees Fintech engagement, strategy and delivery activities, ensuring that Visa remains partner-of-choice for Fintechs, platforms and intermediaries.

Smriti joined Visa in 2011, initially working in the Strategy team and then forming and leading the CEO Office. Prior to Visa, Smriti held a variety of roles in the US and UK financial services sectors. She began her career as an analyst in a US-based private equity fund-of-funds, where she analysed and recommended investments to multi-billion dollar pension funds, representing some of the largest institutional investors in the country. She then went onto lead a team of analysts at Moody's Investors Service, assessing credit and investment risk within the Structured Finance group. Smriti held strategy and executive office roles at State Street Bank in London before joining Visa.
Smriti holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from London Business School.

digifin21 | Speaker - Miriam Wohlfarth
Miriam Wohlfarth
Founder & Managing Director
RatePAY
digifin21 | Speaker - Miriam Wohlfarth

Miriam Wohlfarth

Founder & Managing Director
RatePAY

As founder and Managing Director of the German payment provider RatePAY, Miriam Wohlfarth is one of the few female fintech founders and has almost 20 years of experience in the payment tech industry. At RatePAY, she is actively shaping the evolution of the online payment industry. The company is also developing an AI-based, state-of-the-art risk management software. As a result Miriam has acquired a vast amount of knowledge on fraud and risk. She has worked for some of the most successful major global companies (Worldpay, RBS) and can be regarded as an angel investor for start-ups. She is member at the MRC European Advisory Board, mentor for Accelerator Axel Springer Plug and Play, a FinCompare board member and a partner of PAYMENTANDBANKING, the leading fintech blog in Germany. In addition to her work, she also writes columns and produces fintech podcasts, such as Digital Kompakt. In 2009 she founded the Berlin based payment provider RatePAY, which has more than 200 employees.