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Dr Marco Adelt
Marco is a co-founder and COO of CLARK. He has nine years of experience in management consulting: In more than 50 projects, he supported leading insurance companies and financial sales organizations in strategic changes. Marco is a trained business lawyer and holds a doctorate in business administration. As an insurance broker, he also personally advised private and commercial clients for several years and learned the trade from scratch 20 years ago.
Dr Markus Ampenberger
Dr Markus Ampenberger is a Partner and Associate Director based in BCG's Munich office with focus on payments and transaction banking. He is advising banks, specialized payment providers and FinTechs on strategy, transformation and digitization.
Chris Bartz is CEO & Co-Founder of Elinvar and responsible for Elinvar’s strategic development. His goal is to build sustainable partnerships with impact. Be it at Bitkom, Bankenverband or the Digital Finance Forum at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Chris advocates for a strong ecosystem for fintech and digital banking as well as the benefits of digitalization.
Paul is CEO and co-founder of re:cap, a digital funding platform for companies of the subscription economy. In this role, Paul is responsible for strategy, commercial direction and investor relations of the company. Prior to launching re:cap, Paul co-founded the digital wealth management platform LIQID, today Europe’s leading wealth tech for affluent clients managing more than 1.7 bn EUR, and led it for over three years. He had also co-founded the fintech consultancy firm &do, with which he occasionally invests in early-stage startups. Paul holds a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.
Franz-Xaver Burner is a Co-Founder and the Chief Growth Officer of bsurance, a market-leading insurtech start-up which specialises in B2B2C business models in the insurance sector.
Drawing on his proven track record of breaking into and scaling new B2B markets, Franz-Xaver heads up all sales and business development opportunities as part of the business’ progressive expansion plans.
With over two decades in the B2B digital market, Franz-Xaver boasts an unrivalled wealth of experience in driving multiple sales and marketing disciplines in both large and small technology companies, as well as digital agencies.
Prior to joining bsurance, Franz-Xaver occupied a mentoring role at leading headless CMS technology pioneer, Storyblok and worked as a senior consultant at digital recruitment provider, epunkt. He has an Executive MBA from the Danube University Krems.
Muhamad Said Chahrour
GROUP CFO, DEGIRO CEO
flatexDEGIRO | since August 2015
Developed a German online brokerage hidden champion into the leading pan-European and publicly-listed retail financial supermarket, growing the market capitalization of the company during my tenure by more than € 2 billion
GLOBAL HEAD OF FINANCE
Lamudi, a Rocket Internet Venture | July 2014 – August 2015
Responsibility for the strategic and operational financial management of a real estate classifieds platform operating in nine Asian and Latin American countries, including various funding rounds and M&A activities
M&A – REAL ESTATE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
pwc Germany | May 2011 – August 2011 and March 2013 – July 2014
Transaction and financing advisory services in various real estate share and asset deals with a total transaction volume of more than € 2 billion
M&A – CORPORATE ADVISORY GROUP
UBS Germany | September 2012 – February 2013
M&A deal preparation and assistance of two transactions with a transaction volume of more than € 100 million as well as research and analysis of various industries in the context of sector analysis reports
Sascha Dewald is Senior Vice President Retail Banking of Deutsche Kreditbank AG, DKB and member of the board at Payments Europe, an association of global and European card-based payment solutions providers created to strengthen the voice of the industry.. Before his recent position, Sascha managed FinReach (now finleap connect) as CEO. FinReach is a Berlin-based Fintech company that develops digital solutions for financial services that unify industry knowledge with technical know-how and a product-centric thinking. Furthermore, he co-founded Paylogic Germany in 2010 and sold it four years later. Paylogic is a ticketing company for music, culture and sports organiser with a very innovative and technology driven approach. Currently, he is member of the Mastercard supervisory board and board member of the FinTech and Banking working group of BITKOM e.V. Aside from his businesses, he serves as a mentor, advisor, coach and Angel to upcoming digital entrepreneurs.
Benedikt Faupel is responsible for Blockchain technology at Bitkom. In this role, he acts as a spokesperson for the diverse blockchain industry and as a translator for policymakers. He drives networking among and exchange with each other and advocates for the creation of national and international framework conditions for blockchain technology. Previously, he worked in policy consulting and at a startup.
Dr Roland Folz
Dr Roland Folz is Chief Executive Officer of Solarisbank AG (since February 2017). Roland has over 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, with additional senior management expertise in the mobility and telecoms industries. He joined Solarisbank from Deutsche Bank, where he spent almost eight years in various regional and global CFO responsibilities. Prior to Deutsche Bank he held executive roles within the T-Com/T-Home division for Deutsche Telekom AG and was CEO of DaimlerChrysler Bank AG. As Co-CEO of Direkt Anlage Bank AG, Roland expanded Germanys first discount broker into 6 European countries, eventually taking the company public in 1999.
Mr Fusswinkel has been a Member of the BaFin since 2009. Having first dealt with fundamental questions relating to the regulatory perimeter of new business and investment models, including cross-border issues, he has been head of the Strategic Division on Financial technological innovations, which he has set up since June 2017. In this function, it acts as an Innovation Hub and deals with the analysis and possible impact of innovative financial technologies and related business models on regulation and supervision. His current priorities include regulatory and supervisory implications relating to crypto assets and related phenomena such as decentralised finance (DeFi). Among other things, he helped regulate the crypto custody business and was a head of the Council working group during Germany’s Presidency in 2020 on the European Commission’s regulatory proposal for markets in crypto assets (“Mica”).
Katharina Gehra belongs to the “Top 40 under 40” - a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Furthermore, Katharina Gehra has been nominated as expert on the subject of blockchain for parliamentary hearings at the German Bundestag.
Katharina Gehra is the Co-Founder of Immutable Insight, an innovative German start-up that delivers 100% reliable insights on blockchain in real time for traders and investors and a new era of advanced compliance. She is also a supervisory board member at the Fürstlich Castell'sche Bank. She uses her entrepreneurial passion as an active early stage investor. Previously she has been the CEO of Interritus Limited and a supervisory board member at Kommunalkredit Austria AG. Before her career in the private equity industry, she worked as a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group and Commerzbank AG. She holds a MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr Wolff Graulich
Peter is Co-Founder and CTO at Unstoppable Finance GmbH a Berlin based company with the mission to empower people around the world to access, interact with and unlock financial opportunities of the decentralized economy. Before he was CTO and MD at Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange, the first regulated digital asset exchange in Germany. Before he was CTO and co-founder at solarisBank. Peter has a technology and entrepreneurial background. In 2008 he founded a software engineering consultancy out of university and grew it to profitability. In 2014 he came to Berlin to join the company builder Hitfoxgroup and Finleap that focuses on fintech as CTO. Blockchain and decentralization fascinates him from the moment he got in touch at the end of 2016. Since then he has shaped the vision to bring decentralized finance to reality.
As Expert Director, Dr. Waldemar Grudzien deals with the regulation and supervision of security and data protection and their technological effects on IT infrastructures. He and his teams have overall responsibility for security and data protection in development projects, both in technical and organizational dimensions. Operationally, Waldemar works on information security and data protection management systems from development to certification. Additionally, Waldemar is named DPO and ISO in different client structures. As an electrical engineering graduate from the Technical University of Berlin and a graduate economist from the FHW Berlin, he was responsible for the areas of retail banking and banking technologies as a manager in a national banking association. Since May 2021, Waldemar has been Chairman of the Information Security Working Group at Bitkom with over 1,400 members.
Sebastian studied law in Freiburg, Bonn and Hong Kong and Chinese in Beijing. After his studies Sebastian analysed the political and human rights situation in Iran as member of the German Embassy in Tehran, hunted white-collar criminals during his time at the Department of Public Prosecution in Frankfurt and eventually joined the private equity group of an international law firm. Sebastian likes disruptive business models. Sebastian is co-founder and managing director of Friendsurance.
Husband, father of two girls, entrepreneur turned into VC and angel.
Caroline Jenke is Chief Legal Officer and part of the management team at pliant, the most flexible corporate card solution for every business EU-wide (getpliant.com).
Prior, she was Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer at FinTecSystems, one of the leading open banking and data analytics providers in the DACH region. Before that, Caroline worked for Sofort / Klarna as General Counsel and headed the legal department of the rapidly growing Fintech company. With over 12 years of experience in financial technology, Caroline brings not only deep legal knowledge but also a profound technical understanding of Open Finance and the payment industry.
Furthermore Caroline is Board Member of Bitkoms's Working Group FinTech & Digital Banking.
Martin Kassing is CEO and founder of Berlin-based fintech Upvest. With over 15 years of experience in fintech and capital markets, Martin founded Upvest with the goal of making investing as easy as spending money. Therefore, Upvest developed an investment API that enables other FinTechs to provide their savers with access to the full range of investment opportunities. Before building his own company, Martin was private equity manager at Avedon and COO at the fintech ShopCo. ShopCo successfully expanded into the US and was acquired by Klarna in 2018.
Jan Kemper joined N26 in July 2021 as Chief Financial Officer, and took on the additional role of Chief Operating Officer for The Mobile Bank in January 2022. In his
role, Jan focuses on delivering excellence and in both the Finance and Operations functions to accelerate the company’s journey towards sustainable growth and
capital market readiness.
Jan joined N26 from Berlin-based travel scale-up Omio Corp., where in his role as Managing Director (CFO/COO), he built out the company’s governance model and its
operational backbone, completed the acquisition of Rome2Rio, and organized a US$100M funding round in the midst of a global pandemic. Prior to that, Jan was
Group CFO/ CIO and Executive Board Member Commerce & IT at German DAX 30-listed entertainment company ProSieben, where he oversaw a strict efficiency
program, refinanced a €3bn credit facility and led the formation of the Unicorn NuCom Group through a series of M&A deals. Jan was also the CFO at Zalando SE,
where he led the company’s successful €526m IPO in 2014, while being responsible for operations functions such as payments, sourcing, workplace and real estate.
A veteran of Berlin’s vibrant tech ecosystem and a passionate start-up investor himself, Jan brings two decades of experience in dynamic, high-growth
environments, as well as a solid background in Operations leadership and complex capital market transactions such as M&A and IPOs. He holds a PhD in Business
Administration and Economics from RWTH Aachen University, where he continues to teach as a lecturer and Assistant Professor for the institution’s Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Group. He is an active triathlete and loves to play the piano.
Christine Kiefer is the founder and CEO of RIDE, the first fintech start-up to focus on real returns after taxes and costs. RIDE helps investors structure and manage their assets professionally.
Christine has been involved in building several fintechs, including BillPay and Pair Finance. In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Christine founded Fintech Ladies, a network for women involved in digitalisation and innovation in finance. Christine is a member of the Fintech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance and previously worked at Goldman Sachs in London.
Advisor to various technology companies
Management experience >6 years
Experienced Business builder, payment expert and founder. Since 2020 managing director at Paymenttools - a REWE group corporate startup along Commercetools and Fulfillmenttools.
Our vision is to create a new payment ecosystem by retailers for retailers and any other business which need a modern and state-of-the-art payment and commerce solution across all channels.
Prior Paymenttools over 15 years in consulting such as strategy & technology consulting, digital transformation and company building; helping corporates to spin-off and scale their digital services and business models
Supporting digital transformations for large European corporates such as Visa, Sparkassen Finanzgruppe, Daimler, ApoBank, Lanxess, HDI.
Dr Jan Koserski
Dr Jan Koserski is advising leading Financial Institutions, focusing on both traditional banks as well as Fintechs. He is the host of BCG's annual Fintech Roundtable Germany.
Susanne Krehl is the founder and Managing Director of Fabit, which she founded in 2021 together with Dr. Ralf-Michael Schmidt and Robert Heim. As Managing Director Austria and Switzerland, the 36-year-old was responsible for the internationalization of the Berlin-based fintech company viafintech and was honored with the Digital Female Leader Award in 2018 and named to Capital Magazine's 'Top 40 unter 40' in 2021. Susanne is also founder and host of the event series FinTech Stammtisch Berlin and ambassador of FinTech Ladies.
Picture credit: (c)"Fabit GmbH/Mike Auerbach
Luisa Kruse is a Senior Innovation Manager at the Frankfurt Innovation Hub TechQuartier. She currently leads the research & development project Financial Big Data Cluster (safeFBDC), with the aim to pilot solutions and standards for the cross-institutional use of financial data. The project consortium under the leadership of TechQuartier, consists of 11 partners and numerous associated partners covering a large part of the German financial industry. Previously, Luisa worked for three years in the technology consulting department of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. During her academic career, she obtained a degree in economics (B.Sc.) and business informatics (M.Sc.).
Sebastian Langrehr is CSO at Friendsurance and responsible for Market Strategy & Sales with banks, insurance companies and fintechs. He is also a co-initiator of FRIDA (Free Insurance Data Initiative)
Former Head of Technology for Geospatial Intelligence unit, Izik Lavy, has a strong track record in property intelligence solutions and location based services employing machine learning and big data analytics.
Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union.
The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society and the environment.
Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2017. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years, and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.
As Vice-President, she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organisations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy.
During her time in the Parliament, Ms McGuinness sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European Climate Law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland.
In 2006-2007, Ms McGuinness chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial regulation.
Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and commentator.
Dirk Mühlenweg is Government Engagement Director for the DACH Region where he develops innovative solutions for digital payment, Data Driven Government and Cyber Security for clients of the government sector. He brings with him many years of experience in Business Development, Sales and Consulting mainly in the Industries of Government and Finance. In 21 years at IBM, he worked as Global Government Leader for Internet of Things (IoT) and in other Consulting, Sales and Marketing Senior Leadership positions. During his career he developed and completed numerous national and international projects, also using the Garage Approach as well as the Design Thinking Method. Dirk Mühlenweg has a strong passion for advancing Government and NGO Organizations through Business Innovation and Digitization.
He studied International Business Studies at the University of Paderborn and currently lives in Munich with his wife is and two children.
Abid is one of the Global Head of Wise Platform at Wise.
Abid leads the expansion of Wise Platform through which Wise enables enterprises around the world access to a range of cross-border payment services, including sending and receiving money internationally at the real exchange rate. Today, Wise Platform is used by more than 25 financial institutions incl. Monzo, N26, Google Pay and Shinhan Bank.
Prior to joining Wise Abid has held previous roles at HSBC and Credit Suisse.
Dr Max Joachim Nitsche
Max is a partner at BCG in the Payments Consulting Team. Before BCG, Max held management positions at Nets as Chief of Staff to the Merchant Services CEO and as Head of Risk taskforce, moreover, he has several years of consulting expertise. His work focuses on strategy, M&A and risk management.
Initiator, Berlin Finance Initiative & CEO, East German Banking Association
Achim Oelgarth has been working in the financial industry and advises tech startups for over 20 years now. He is the CEO of the East German Banking Association and he lately initiated the Berlin Finance Initiative (BFI) on ist way to become the voice of Berlin's hub for technology based finance and digital economy. Previously, as UniCredit‘s Head of Institutional Affairs Germany, he was responsible for the political and regulatory affairs team of the pan-European bank. Before that, from 2004 to 2009, he established and led the representative office of the Association of German Banks at the European Union in Brussels. Achim studied law at the University of Bonn. In 1998 he was admitted to the bar. At MIT Sloan School of Management he has been doing research on artificial intelligence and its implications on business strategy.
Nina Pütz is the CEO of Ratepay. With more than 17 years of experience in e-commerce, Nina was most recently CEO of the online shopping club brands4friends and spent 15 years in various leadership roles at the online marketplace eBay. She is also involved in the advisory board of the textile trading company L&T.
Torben Rabe is Country Director of Qonto Germany, the leading finance management solution in Europe. Torben is known for his know-how on FinTech and finance topics, as well as innovative and strategic business planning within the DACH region. He is particularly passionate about the digitalisation of the German Mittelstand, as well the success of the German & European startup ecosystem. He started his career in 2016 in management consulting at Oliver Wyman with a focus on business and digital strategies for traditional banks. With further positions at Lendico (Rocket Internet) and Bird, he feels at home in both the finance and start-up worlds. He has not only lived in Germany, but also in France, India, the USA and Spain.
Marcos Raiser do Ó
Marcos Raiser do Ó manages Stripe's operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as in the Central and Eastern Europe region. After studying business administration at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, he worked for Sun Microsystems, IBM and Salesforce. Subsequently, he was responsible for Microsoft’s entire business with banks, insurance companies and financial service providers in Germany. After a further stint at IPsoft, Marcos Raiser do Ó joined Stripe in February 2020.
Maximilian Riege has been Chief Operating Officer of Penta Fintech GmbH since June 2021. In his role, he is responsible for the operational and regulatory functions including Banking & Payment Operations, Vendor & Outsourcing Management as well as Legal, AML, Compliance & Risk.
Prior to joining Penta, he was General Manager and General Counsel of Verimi GmbH, the European data, identity and payment platform. At Verimi, he headed the Finance, Human Resources and Legal & Compliance departments.
Maximilian is admitted to the bar in Germany and New York and was a partner at a law firm specialising in regulatory and commercial law. He was also a Wagner Fellow at the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business.
Maximilian studied law at New York University School of Law, the University of Passau, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Bonn.
Nina is part of the Berlin-based investment team at Earlybird since January 2019 and focuses on early-stage investments in the fields of FinTech & InsureTech. She is a lawyer by training (specialized in IT & Privacy Law) and gained hands-on startup experience with Celonis and Forto before.
Dr Peter Robejsek
Dr Bernhard Rohleder
Bernhard Rohleder (born 1965) was one of the founders of Bitkom e.V. at the end of 1999 and has been the association's Chief Executive Officer since then.
Rohleder began his professional career with positions at ZF Friedrichshafen GmbH in Saarbrücken, the press publisher Ploetz in Berlin and the Brandenburg Ministry of Economics in Potsdam. In 1994, he joined the Information Technology Association of the VDMA and ZVEI, Frankfurt/Main, as Press Spokesman and Assistant to the Executive Board. Three years later, Rohleder took over the position of Deputy Managing Director there and shortly afterwards that of Managing Director. In 1997, he was simultaneously appointed Secretary General of Eurobit, the European umbrella organisation of the IT industry, with headquarters in Brussels and Frankfurt. In 2000, he merged Eurobit with the European Association of the Communications Technology Industry to form the new umbrella organisation Digital Europe and subsequently represented the German high-tech industry on its board. In 1997/1998, Rohleder also led the General Secretariat of the International Information Industry Congress (IIIC), the world association of the IT industry. From 1997 to 2005, he also headed the market research institute European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) as Managing Director.
Rohleder is a member of the advisory board of the German Institute for Trust and Security on the Internet (Divsi) and of the jury of the "Made in.de" start-up prize. Among other things, he represents the industry in the relevant committees of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). In the 17th legislative period, Rohleder was a member of the Enquête Commission of the German Bundestag "Internet and Digital Society".
Rohleder studied political science from 1987, first at Saarland University and later at the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques, where he graduated in 1991. He received his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from the Free University of Berlin. Rohleder is married, has one child and lives in Berlin.
CEO @ Spott, data and product executive, previously VP of Product at Planck, an AI-powered data platform for commercial insurance.
Dr Philipp Schmitt
Philipp Schmitt is a member of the German Executive Team and responsible for customer growth in the consumer business. Prior to his current role he held roles in product management, business transformation and customer experience at American Express since 2011. He originally started his career in corporate banking at Dresdner Bank and is a graduate of the University of Mannheim.
Cornelia Schwertner works as founder and CEO of Brygge on her startup idea to combine digital finance and social impact. Brygge is developing an Open Banking based, intuitive bridge to any primary bank for people 55+, which will be usable alone or in tandem with the family. Data-based, independent financial knowledge for everyday life and retirement as a financial new beginning will also make up the vertical offering for a diverse user group. In her previous roles until March 2021, Cornelia was Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer at B2B Open Banking FinTech finleap connect (formerly: figo) and Vice President of the European FinTech Association. She started her professional career as a long-standing consultant at pwc in the area of Forensic Services/ Financial Services.
Aiga Senftleben is Co-Founder of Billie, a Berlin based, breakthrough fintech startup that aims to upgrade the operating system of B2B payments. Aiga is a trained solicitor and before founding Billie, she gained experience in the Fintech and payments sector through working as General Counsel of Funding Circle Europe as well as Legal Counsel for PayPal.
BA - Business & marketing at Reichmann University Herzliya
MBA- Business & International Business Management at Regents university European Business School
2012-2015 - Insurance broker Israel
2016-2018 - Reinsurance broker @ Shepherd Compello Lloyds of London
2018- 2020 - Head of Cyber, Innovation & reinsurance relations @ Kesh international underwriters Israel
2020-2022 - Co-founder at Connected Insurance
Dr Lea Siering
Dr. Lea Maria Siering is CRO at finleap connect GmbH and is responsible for Compliance, Information Security, Legal and Public Affairs. With more than 10 years of experience in the financial sector, she was most recently Chief of Staff and Director Regulatory Affairs at finleap GmbH, Partner at Taylor Wessing in the Regulatory department and General Counsel at CrossLend GmbH. She is the author of numerous publications on regulatory topics, especially related to digitalization, and co-edits the journal "Recht Digital" published by Beck Verlag.
Gustav Spät joined Bitkom in 2022 and works in the fields of Digital Insurance & InsurTech and Digital Banking & Financial Services. In his role, he drives forward the digitization of the Insurance and Finance Ecosystem.
Before working at Bitkom, Gustav gained practical experiences in the development of inclusive financial systems and insurance solutions. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from KU Leuven.
Passionate about creating categories. Fully committed to elevate finance functions globally.
Dr Philipp Spreer
Dr. Philipp Spreer is a concept developer and behavioral strategist at elaboratum in Hamburg. As founder of one of Germany's leading Behavioral Design Units and author of the fundamental work PsyConversion® (2nd ed. 2021), he has already helped >130 companies to really understand their customers and to develop high-performance digital products and interfaces - examples are truly relevant products, perfect ordering processes or market-optimized pricing.
Philipp is a member of the "Global Association of Applied Behavioural Scientists" (GAABS), in which Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman or Robert Cialdini are also involved.
Sibylle Strack has a passion for banking, payments and fintech and is an investor and mentor in this field. In 2021 she joined Deutsche Bank as Chief Growth Officer in the business customer area. She started her career as a consultant at Accenture and later headed the current accounts and payments strategy at the German Savings Banks Association. In 2018 she joined Kontist, the digital banking challenger, as Co-CEO. Sibylle has a broad board expertise, amongst others with Mastercard in Germany and foodwatch, a European customer rights organisation. She is a trained banker and holds an MBA from the University of Passau.
Dr Verena Thaler
Dr Verena Thaler is Chief of Staff at Raisin and responsible for the company’s strategic business development, transformation, and portfolio management. After helping Raisin grow its network to include over 300 banking and fintech partners, Verena took charge of leading the company’s transformation after the merger with Deposit Solution to become one of the largest fintechs in Europe. Prior to joining Raisin, Verena served as Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company.
As an Austrian, Verena is a big fan of freshly roasted coffee, snow-capped mountains and Styrian pumpkin seed oil. But she has long since lost her heart to Berlin, where she lives.
Dr Florian Toncar
Born October 18, 1979 in Hamburg; Protestant; married; three children.
1999 A-levels at Goldberg-Gymnasium Sindelfingen, Germany
1999 Basic military service with the telecommunications regiment 220 in Donauwörth
2000 to 2005 studies of law in Regensburg, Cambridge and Heidelberg
2005 first state examination in law
2007 second state law examination
2012 Doctorate (Dr. jur.) at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
2009 until December 2021 practised as a lawyer (special field: financial market regulation)
2003 to 2006 State Chairman of the Young Liberals of Baden-Württemberg
2009 to 2014 District Councillor in the district of Böblingen
2011 to 2013 Deputy state chairman of the FDP Baden-Württemberg
2005 to 2013 Member of the German Bundestag
2005 to 2009 (16th legislative period) Spokesman for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag
2009 to 2013 (17th legislative period) Full member of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Financial Market Panel
2011 to 2013 deputy chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the German Bundestag
Since September 2017 again member of the German Bundestag
2017 to 2021 Parliamentary Secretary of the parliamentary group of the Free Democrats in the German Bundestag
Since December 2021 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance
Jan van Vonno
Jan van Vonno has been leading Tink's research and thought leadership programme since 2018. He has been responsible for the positioning of Tink within the context of open banking and supporting the strategic decision making of financial executives. Jan is a member of several steering groups across the EU and the UK to help shape the future of open banking, open finance, and open data economies.
Copying Linda - Tink's Director of PR & Comms
Jürgen von der Lehr
Jürgen von der Lehr is Head of Strategy and Business Development of ING. In this role he is responsible for ING’s strategy, M&A, innovation and sustainability activities. Jürgen has 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry and has gained extensive digital skills as well as strategic and operational expertise in retail and corporate experience banking. Prior to his role at ING, Jürgen was Head of Digital Innovation and Head of Online Brokerage at Deutsche Bank and a Partner at Oliver Wyman. He has a degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from Mannheim University.
Born 1974, MBA
Stephen Voss started his professional career at Allianz AG in Frankfurt. After graduating in business management in 1997 he worked for the Deutsche Bank AG and for the Halifax-Bank of Scotland in Luxembourg for more than 10 years.
After several other stations of his career, he acted as General Management Executive Manager for AIG Group in Frankfurt for the German and Austrian market from 2010 to mid-2013.
From 2013 to 2016 he held the position of Profit Center Manager Broker Personal Lines & Small Business for the Zurich Insurance Group. At the same time, Stephen was also CEO and in charge of the Executive Office at Baden-Badener Versicherung AG for Sales & HR.
Dikla Wagner represents MunichRE in Israel and is head of technology scouting. Dikla is an Israeli key opinion leader and a speaker in the world of insurtech and insurance technology. The Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem has been Dikla's home for the past 15 years, as an entrepreneur, VC investor, and consultant. She is an economist and lawyer from a prestigious university. Also, she is the chairman of the Israeli Insurtech Alliance.
Kristina has over 10 years of digital experience and is now the CEO and former CPO at Nuri, formerly called Bitwala. Before starting her roles at Nuri, she has worked at N26 and Zalando during their hyper-growth stages. At N26 she was the product lead and at Zalando she was in the loyalty and Mobile Apps team, where she delivered customer-centric solutions and drove the mobile mindset within Zalando’s various departments.
Before building products on the company side, Kristina worked as Mobile Consultant and Account Manager for agencies like Aperto and Iconmobile, building up mobile strategies and creating innovative mobile solutions for major clients in the retail, television, NGO and automotive industries.
Fabian is a former investment banker with a strong track record as a founder, investor and mentor of successful start-ups. Fabi oversees the financial strategy for wefox Group, including preparation of the business and investment case for each investment funding round. He is also the co-founder of EMPAUA, which is one of Europe’s highly successful start-up incubators where he and Julian Teicke (CEO and co-founder) launched wefox Group.
Jan is co-founder and Managing Director of BANKSapi. BANKSapi is a BaFin-regulated Banking-as-a-Service provider and one of the leading open banking and data analytics providers in Germany.
Beforehand, he has worked several years as Manager for KPMG in Germany, where he advised financial institutions on digital transformation, strategy development, regulatory and cooperation with FinTech startups.
As Senior Business Development Executive & Teamlead, Jan-Niklas Wilde is responsible for new customer business in the areas of healthcare and finance & insurance at Myra, as well as the cooperation with the associated channel partners. He knows the requirements of customers in the DACH region and has worked for several years in different sales functions. His wealth of experience includes Cyber Security, Security-as-a-Service, DDoS Mitigation and IT Infrastructure. With his understanding of the relevant and critical business processes of our demanding customers, he creates individual solutions that combine security, performance and compliance.
Dr Heike Winter
At the Deutsche Bundesbank, Dr Heike Winter is responsible for policy issues relating to digitalisation in payments. This comprises committee work in the Eurosystem on retail payments and the project on a digital euro. After completing her degree in economics, Heike worked at an institute for economic theory. She joined the Deutsche Bundesbank in February 1999, working initially in the Public Relations and Economic Education Departments before transferring to the Payments Department in March 2007.
Miriam Wohlfarth is a serial Fintech founder and founded one of the first Fintechs in Germany, the payment service provider Ratepay. With her latest company Banxware, she revolutionizes the European lending sector and enables platforms to offer banking products.
With more than 20 years of experience in payment, banking and eCommerce Miriam knows the payment world and online retail like no other.
As a passionate founder, Miriam is committed to the startup ecosystem, cooperation between business and politics, and digital education through various advisory boards and initiatives. Over the years she also became a LinkedIn Business Influencer with 23.000 followers and counting.
Prof Dr Joachim Wuermeling
Dr Joachim Wuermeling has been a member of the Deutsche Bundesbank’s Executive Board since November 2016. His remit covers banking supervision, risk control and information technology. He is a member of the ECB Supervisory Board and represents Deutsche Bundesbank in the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS) as well as the German Financial Stability Committee (AFS).
His previous positions include serving as Member of the European Parliament, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology, member of the Executive Board of the German Insurance Association, and Chairman of the Association of Sparda-Banken.
Christopher Zemina is Co-founder and CEO of Airbank, a finance management platform for businesses. Airbank simplifies the daunting task of finance management for startups and SMBs. Prior to starting Airbank, Christopher was a Principal at Speedinvest, a pan-European early-stage VC fund. He holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from St.Gallen and a bachelor's degree in Management from the LSE.