Has FinTech Found its True North?

The Ultimate Nordic FinTech Virtual Conference

14th September, 2022 9:00AM (CEST)

Discover the second edition of FinTECHTalents Virtual Nordics, a Virtual-First Festival for those who dream, build and do in the Nordics, as well as those who have yet to discover the lessons learned, stories told and successes of the region.

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Financial Institutions


Content sessions


Rockstar speakers


Scaleups & Startups

Innovation at work

Whether it's payments, identity or collaboration – Nordic players know innovation doesn’t live on a deck, it changes business, supports society and responds to customers.  


Ripe for Investment 

15% of all European scaleups are located in the Nordics – the smart money that looks for sustainable business, progressive products and attractive ROI looks towards Northern Europe

Impact on Society

FinTech as a force for good, inclusion and the true meaning of democratization of finance 


Big Question Stage

Watch FinTech leaders from around the world debate and discuss FinTech innovation and the Nordics place in the ecosystem 


Drill Down Sessions 

Live, interactive and engaging – from Industry Insights, Post-Game Analysis to Partner Roundtables our Interactive Sessions offer a place to learn and share with your fellow FinTech peers from all over the world  


Clinics that Deliver 

Why guess, when you can book 1-1s or small group meetings with our banks, financial institutions, FinTech players and tech providers to find out their specific needs, challenges and wants. What’s your ask? Our clinics will deliver – pre, post or during the Festival  

2020 Speakers

Kathy Chang
Senior Strategic Partnership Manager
Søren Rode Andreasen
Chief Digital Officer
Danske Bank
Vesa Riihimäki
Head of Startup & Growth Business
Nordea Finland
Rune Mai
Nordic API Gateway
Krista Korelin
Director, Head of Digital and Mobile Banking
OP Financial Group
Eelco-Jan Boonstra
Managing Director EMEA
Melissa Heng
Identity Product Management Management, CapitalOne
Mark Cousins
Head of Marketing, Europe
Johan Liedgren
Digitalization and Innovation
Christa Nielsen
SVP, Tribe Lead for Core Payments Platform
Danske Bank
Peter Sjöberg
Chief Operating Officer, Nordic region, Managing Director
Santander Finland
Kristian Luoma
Director, Head of OP Lab and IPR
OP Financial Group
Virginie O'Shea
Firebrand Research
Anders Østensvig
Investment Manager - DNB Ventures
Per Christian Goller
Founder & CGO
Aprila Bank ASA
Hannah Duncan
Hannah Duncan Investment Content
Joyce Sullivan
Founder & CEO
SocMediaFin, Inc.
Agnija Gailane
Product owner of 3rd party interaction in Open Banking, TxB Solutions
Jenny Winther
Secretary General
Nordic Payments Council
Christoffer O. Hernæs
Martynas Pilkis
Adviser to the Board Member
Bank of Lithuania
Martin Georgzen
CSO Head of Strategy and Communications
P27 Nordic Payments Platform
Paul Loberman
Fintech and Banking Executive
ex - HSBC, Santander
Michael Busk-Jepsen
Executive Director of Digitisation
Finans Denmark
Sergej Smirnov
Co-Founder at Njorda
Nils-Robert Persson Persson
Chairman at Vermiculus Financial Technology and former CEO
Liz Lumley
VC Innovations
Rudolf Falat
Host of
Voice of FinTech
Conny Dorrestijn
Founding Partner
Terry Chapendama
Bank of Kuwait
Leda Glyptis PhD
FinTech, Banking
Bill Roberts
Head of Open Banking
Stessa Cohen
Strategic technology advisor and analyst
Nina Mohanty
Business Development
Jonathan Williams
Principal Consultant and Director
MK2 Consulting Ltd

2020 Agenda

One of the major pillars of an effective FinTech Hub is access to capital for new companies. Is capital hard to find in the Nordic region? Where can it be found now and what can be done to improve support and funding for startups? 


  • Vesa Riihimäki, Head of Startup & Growth Business, Nordea Finland
  • Anders Østensvig, Investment Manager – DNB Ventures at DNB
  • Hannah Duncan, founder, Investment Content (moderator)  

The future of work has often been promoted as one where anyone can work anywhere, in any time zone, empowered by digital technologies that enable outcomes over inputsThis set up is no longer a choice, but how most of us work in 2020. What tools, strategies and procedures are needed to make sure your team works together when they are not together?  


  • Christa Nielsen, Deputy Head of Banking Services, Dankse Bank 
  • Joyce Sullivan, Founder & CEO, SocMediaFIn (moderator)  

In 1984, Olof Stenhammar founded Swedish derivatives exchange OM in 1984 and in doing so became a global pioneer in electronic trading. Is Nordic innovation still defined by the launch of OM? How influential has the initial team been within FinTech over the past 35 years? To understand the current state of Nordic FinTech – do we need to re-examine the Class of 1984. 


  • Nils-Robert Persson, Chairman at Vermiculus Financial Technology and former CEO of OM 
  • Sergej Smirnov, COO, Co-Founder at Njorda 
  • Virginie O’Shea, Founder, Firebrand Research (moderator)  

Conventional wisdom regarding disruptive companies in the Nordic region will throw up tech giants like Skype, Spotify and even Rovio (home of Angry Birds). Others point to innovation in payments, with countries like Sweden publicly moving towards a cashless society, and names like iZettle, Klarna and Holvi are almost the elder statement of the FinTech ecosystem.  

However, if you dig deeper into twitter chats, blog posts and Zoom conversations a different FinTech reality emerges – one of incumbent bank complacency, an aversion to partnerships and lack of capital and support for startups.  

What is the reality? Is the Nordic region more open to innovation, is it a myth told through sycophantic press articles or is the Northern European financial services industry no more immune to the swings and roundabouts of any traditional industry dealing with disruptive technology and upstart new entrants?  

Our Nordics Leaders gather to answer the question – Is Nordic Innovation a Myth? 


  • Kathy Chang, Head of Fintech Partnerships, Payments & Innovation, DNB 
  • Søren Rode Jain Andreasen. Chief Digital Officer at Danske Bank 
  • Johan Liedgren, Digitalization and Innovation at Handelsbanken 
  • Liz Lumley, Director, VC Innovations (moderator)  

The Nordic, Scandinavian and even Baltic states have had much success with national identity schemes. How does it compare to the rest of the world? Will the Asian model dominate? How will ‘Big Tech’ play a role globally? How will culture and politics impact identity innovation and progress? 


  • Christoffer O. Hernæs, CDO, Sbanken 
  • Krista Korelin, Director, Head of Digital and Mobile Banking, OP Financial Group 
  • Jonathan Williams, Principal Consultant, Mk2 Consulting Ltd
  • Melissa Heng, Sr. Director, Identity Product Management, CapitalOne
  • Laura Camplisson, product and content manager, VC Innovations (moderator)  

Once completed, P27 will provide a single payments infrastructure for almost 27 million people living in the Nordics region. The project is ambitious, wide in scope and involves the banks and payments ecosystem of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. What has been the journey so far, what else needs to be done and how will this pan-Nordic payment platform pave the way for additional innovation in the region? 


  • Jenny Winther, Secretary General at the Nordic Payments Council (NPC) 
  • Martin Georgzén, Director of Strategy at P27 
  • Michael BuskJepsen. Executive Director of Digitisation, Finans Denmark 
  • Liz Lumley, Director, VC Innovations (Moderator)


Open Banking initiatives are rife throughout Europe and the Nordics are no exception. While banksPSPs and new entrants focus on open APIsmarketplaces and data – is anyone in the industry really looking at the needs of the consumer?  Is the true promise of Open Banking yet to come? 


  • Rune Mai, CEO, Nordic API Gateway 
  • Agnija Gailane, Open Banking Community, Nordea 
  • Rūta Merkeviciute, Head of Division for E-money and Payment institution supervision, Bank of Lithuania
  • Bill Roberts, Head of Open Banking, CMA
  • Eelco-Jan Boonstra, MD, EMEA, Mambu
  • Paul Loberman, Fintech and Banking Executive, ex – HSBC, Santander (moderator)

How does the Nordic region understand financial health? How can prosperity be enabled? Does the move towards a cashless society hinder of enable these effortsWhat impact will COVID-19 have on the national and global economies – and does FinTech have an answer.  


  • Kristian Luoma, Head of OP Lab OP Financial Group 
  • Per Christian Goller, Founder & CGO at Aprila Bank ASA 
  • Peter Sjöberg, Chief Operating OfficerNordic region, Managing Director – Santander Finland 
  • Mark Cousins, Head of Marketing, Europe at Marqeta
  • Liz Lumley, Director, VC Innovations (moderator)


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