Fintech Istanbul 2016 PROGRAMME

08:00 – 09:00 Registration & Breakfast
09:00 – 09:15

Welcome & Opening Speech

Tulin Sipahiler, Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events

Pinar Emirdag, CEO, Complymatic, Co-Founder, Fintechpark

09:15 – 09:35


Peter Randall, CEO, SETL

09:35- 10:05

Panel 1: Turning Ideas into Big Businesses
This panel will be hosting key figures who have either involved in developing fintech policies/practices (globally or locally) or transformed an innovative idea into a large company.

Ihsan Elgin, Founding Partner, Core Strateji / FinTech İstanbul



Mike Sigal, Investor, 500 Startups FinTech

Pamir Gelenbe, Venture Partner, Hummingbird Ventures

Radboud Vlaar, Founding Partner, Orange Growth Capital

10:05 – 10:35

Panel 2: Fintech Ecosystem in Turkey
Turkey is a large country with young and demanding demographics. E-commerce, mobile shopping, internet banking are all hot topics as financial technology providers are popping across the country to serve clients in an agile and efficient way. Discussants will put a spotlight on where the fintechers stand today and how the way-forward appears.


Artunc Kocabalkan, Chairman, IFC-I



Alper Akcan, CEO, Wirecard

Burhan Eliacik, Chairman, Payment and Electronic Money Institutions Association

10:35 – 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 – 11:35

Panel 3: NextGen Players Make a Case for the World of Payments and Transfers
This panel will focus on the fintech sub-segment of payment startups. Card innovators, microchip producers, money transfer whizs will discuss how the payment industry has come to challenge the legacy systems.


Fevzi Gungor, CEO, Odeal



Wim Raymaekers, Global Head of Banking, SWIFT

Selim Gusar, General Manager, MOKA

Nogay Kanpolat, Regional Director, Southeast Europe, Western Union

11:35 – 12:05

Panel 4: Fintech Bankers or Bank Fintechers
Given the imminent rise of fintechs, researchers now try to understand the new equilibrium in the financial services landscape. Surveys indicate that banks are not so much uncomfortable of the potential challenge posed by new entrants. Low cost banking and account management is the motto of fintech entrants to the banking sector. Will they disrupt the conventional wisdom? The panel will dwell on the bankers’ perception on new technology and services providers.


Mustafa Baltaci, Secretary General, FEAS



Udayan Goyal,Founder and Managing Partner, Apis Partners

Jay de Groot, Vice President EMEA, Moven

Elsa Pekmez Atan, Executive Vice President, Finansbank

12:05 – 12.35

Panel 5: Trading and Capital Markets
Robo-advising is now a well-known topic appealing to modern portfolio theory. To some, online asset management and advisory platforms are to disrupt hedge funds and portfolio managers based on innovation and diversified clientele. Pre-IPO facilitators have emerged to enable investors to tap into share upsides before a business goes public. This session will put a spotlight on how capital market startups create an impact on conventional wisdom.


Jochen Biedermann, Managing Partner, Biedermann International Consulting



Hirander Misra, CEO, GMEX

Philippe Carre, Global Head of Business Development, Ullink

Fahad Kamr, Founder & CEO, Market IQ

12:35 – 14:05 Lunch Break
14:05 – 14:25


Alastair Lukies CBE, U.K. Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech

Chairman, Innovate Finance

14:25 – 14:55

Panel 6: Blockchain Turns into an Industry Practice
Distributed ledger is now in the air haunting legacy systems. This has not much to do with the emergence of Bitcoin which relies on Blockchain fabric. The new infrastructure is contested to be the new era of digitalization for governments, for businesses and financial markets. The panel speakers will enlighten the audience if Blockchain is panacea or treacherous road.


Pinar Emirdag, CEO, Complymatic, Co-Founder, Fintechpark



Mike Greenacre, CEO, Autilla

Adi Ben-Ari, Co-Founder, Tallysticks

14:55 – 15:25

Panel 7: Is Bitcoin a True Disrupter ?
Bitcoin is not only a digital currency. It is one of the ways to demonstrate how technology can innovate the money is produced and exchanged. To many, it is a revolution. It is doomed, also to some others given constraints. The panelists will bring details on how the system works and what are the opportunities and potential failures.


Izabella Kaminska, Blogger, Financial Times Alphaville



Marcus Swanepoel, CEO, BitX

Kristen Stone, Head of Partnerships, Coinbase

Paul Gordon, CEO, Quantave

15:25 – 15:55 Coffee Break
15:55 – 16:25

Panel 8: Lending, Crowdfunding… Next in Line Please!
SMEs finance is a hot topic around the world given peculiarities of such businesses. Crowdfunding has become a buzz word to raise capital for early stage startups. Peer-to-peer lending has followed suit. Discussants of the panel will resonate how such modalities are competing with regulated markets and infrastructures.


Gokhan Sen, Economy Coordinator, BloombergHT



Prescott Watson, Director of Special Projects, OurCrowd

John Goodall, CEO, Landbay

16:25 – 16:55

Panel 9: Investing in Fintech

FinTech was globally one of the hottest topics in the tech startup scene in 2015 and is continuing to dominate in 2016. Banks have also started to realize the threat and invest heavily in startups themselves. The panelists as leaders of international payment companies and leading fintech investors in the Emerging Markets will discuss in detail the unique challenges to fintech investment in developing and emerging markets.


Sevket Basev, Chairman, Multinet Up



Matteo Stefanel,

Founder and Managing Partner, Apis Partners

Serkan Omerbeyoglu, President, MasterCard Payment Transaction Services, Turkey

16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remarks