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MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Please note that this is a very selective process due to the variety of topics we introduce and the limited number of sessions.

Meet our keynote speakers

Ramin Guluzada

Minister

Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies

Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies

Ramin Guluzada

Minister - Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies

Was born in Baku city in 1977. After finishing school No.167 in Yasamal district, Baku city, in 1993, entered Azerbaijan State Institute of Economics. In 1997, graduated from the institute, and in 1999 received Master’s degree from the said institute. Worked at Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2005-2015. Awarded Tereggi (Progress) Medal in 2014, by order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for his active participation in preserving and popularizing the nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev’s heritage. Appointed First Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies by order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated November 25, 2015. He was appointed Minister of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan by order of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated January 15, 2016. Appointed Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan by order of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated February 13, 2017.

Taleh Kazimov

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board

Pasha Bank

Pasha Bank

Taleh Kazimov

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board - Pasha Bank

Mr. Taleh Kazimov has extensive professional experience in commercial and investment banking, loans and risks management in the areas of traditional and digital banking. He was appointed as CEO and Chairman of PASHA Bank Executive Board on July 1, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kazimov served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Bank and a Member of the Executive Board responsible for business development, institutional, investment, corporate and SME banking and risk management. Mr. Kazimov joined PASHA Bank in 2007 as Risk Manager and promoted to the position of the Bank's Treasury Director in 2009. Mr. Kazimov began his career in the financial sector in 2004 as a Leading specialist in Treasury department at the Bank Standard and later as the Head of accounting management and budget planning. He later has been promoted to the Deputy Director of the corporate loans department. Mr. Kazimov also worked as an auditor at Ernst and Young in 2006. Mr. Taleh Kazimov holds a bachelor degree in Automation and Computer engineering from Azerbaijan Technical University. He also pursued an MBA from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. In addition, Mr. Kazimov successfully completed the executive educational programs of London Business School in 2010 and Harvard Business School in 2012. Taleh Kazimov was a member of PASHA Bank Georgia OJSC’s Supervisory Board in 2015 –2018 years and in the years of 2015 –2019, he also served as a Member and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AMCHAM) Board of Directors in Azerbaijan. Currently, Mr Kazimov is a member of Board of Directors of the PASHA Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. in Turkey. Furthermore, Mr. Kazimov is the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of the Digital Laboratory, established within PASHA Bank OJSC.

Joseph Ziegler

CEO

Astana Hub

Astana Hub

Joseph Ziegler

CEO - Astana Hub

A C-level Technology Leader, with 20+ years of international experience as Founder and CTO in cloud, data-privacy and blockchain technologies. Five successful exits and two NASDAQ IPOs through innovative tech start-ups. Joseph runs a Singapore based private equity fund for innovative ASEAN and Australian companies. As CEO of Astana Hub, he oversees the organisation with the mandate to develop the Kazakhstan start-up ecosystem.

DBA, PhD, ass.prof. Yury Polyansky

Head of IRB-validation Unit

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Central Bank of the Russian Federation

DBA, PhD, ass.prof. Yury Polyansky

Head of IRB-validation Unit - Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Polyansky Yury Nikolaevich Head of the Validation of Internal Methods and Credit Risk Assessment Models (Banking Regulation Department, Bank of Russia). Head of the subgroups of regulatory IRB-validation of rating systems of the largest banks in Russia. Qualified bank analyst, risk manager. Doctor of Business Administration (York University, USA), Ph.D. (PhD), associate professor (ass. Professor) in the field of econometrics, statistics, information and banking technologies). Author of more than 40 scientific and practical works and regulations.

Lewa Abukhait

Chief Investment Officer

DAAL Venture Capital

DAAL Venture Capital

Lewa Abukhait

Chief Investment Officer - DAAL Venture Capital

Worked previously in prominent companies within the MENA region such as Orange, MBC Group and BlackBerry-enabled Lewa Abukhait to acquire a solid understanding in analyzing technology solutions in business. Currently, he is Chief Investment Officer at DAAL; venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia responsible for identifying promising startups and evaluating the investment opportunity within. He also Provides mentorship and business development insights to portfolio companies to guide and nurture their growth on the international stage. Twitter: @lewaabukhait LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewaabukhait/

Nameer Khan

Middle East's Top 50 Fintech Influencer & Founding Board Member at MENA FINTECH ASSOCIATION

Mena Fintech Association

Mena Fintech Association

Nameer Khan

Middle East's Top 50 Fintech Influencer & Founding Board Member at MENA FINTECH ASSOCIATION - Mena Fintech Association

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Samir Qurbanov

Head of Strategic Development

SOCAR

SOCAR

Samir Qurbanov

Head of Strategic Development - SOCAR

Samir received his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Azerbaijan Technical University in 1991-1996 and, did his bachelor’s degree in international law in 1999-2004 and continued his law studies at Kings College London, University of London in 2006-2007 and earned LLM degree. He also earned MBA degree at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017-2018. Experience: Samir has more than 20 years of legal and business experience. He was a short-term consultant for IFC in Washington DC and United Nations Headquarter in New York in 2003. Samir was a key team member in several deals to and by major bank of the country related to syndicate lending, trade finance, euro-bonds, SME financing. He developed a strong track record of successfully executing lending and project financing transactions in real estate, agriculture and financial sectors. He was also part of number of financing transactions in oil and gas industry as well. He is the expert in Venture Funds and Private Equity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy.

Adem Yekeler

Head of Innovation and Customer Experience

ING Bank

ING Bank

Adem Yekeler

Head of Innovation and Customer Experience - ING Bank

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Sergey Shayakhmetov

Chief Business Development Officer

Sberbank

Sberbank

Sergey Shayakhmetov

Chief Business Development Officer - Sberbank

Born in USSR in 1977. More than 16 years of experience in IT Security for International Oil&Gas giants like Lukoil and Shell. But … in 2016 radically changed the field of activity for innovation in insurance. Now responsible for exploring, creating, investigating, enhancing, studying, examining and advising innovative products and process initiatives in the biggest Life Insurance company in Russia (Sberbank LI). Our key initiatives are in fields of – BlockChain, Big data, AI, Machine learning, Mobile technology, wearable devices, genetic medicine, digitalization, marketplaces, uberization, P2P, worldwide expansion and other cool Insurtech stuff. Now in charge of business development of Sberbank Blockchain Lab – probably the biggest R&D Blockchain unit in Europe.

Mammad Karim

Entrepreneur and Investor

Founder of Khazar Ventures

Founder of Khazar Ventures

Mammad Karim

Entrepreneur and Investor - Founder of Khazar Ventures

Serial entrepreneur and investor, Mammad Karim, is the Founder of the first investment funds for early-stage start-ups in Azerbaijan, Khazar Ventures. The current portfolio covers start-ups from a number of countries including Turkey, Germany, US and UAE. He is also leading an accelerator and incubation program at Innoland for local startups, helping them to grow in Azerbaijan and expand to international markets. Besides his current investments, Mr Karim co-founded/launched two online media channels and Tech Academy in Azerbaijan.

Suleyman Sozeri

Director Public Policy, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Mastercard

Mastercard

Suleyman Sozeri

Director Public Policy, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia - Mastercard

Overall responsibility to protect MasterCard’s reputation and legislative interest in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan markets and build programs that earn the goodwill of governments, policymakers, financial institutions, merchants, and consumers through direct policymaker engagements and public-private partnerships Develop and execute advocacy public policy strategies with governmental and non-governmental audiences; devise government advisory practices and strategic consulting in technology industry Communicate regularly with internal business line owners to ensure awareness of potential risks and benefits of various legislative and regulatory initiatives and help business enablement with state owned entities Monitor and provide insightful reports on developments and trends specific to the public policy priorities including tax, trade, cyber and data security, privacy, intellectual property and digital economy Provide strategic insights to account teams on key government programs and potential business opportunities Establish and maintain a sophisticated network of political contacts in the financial and technology sector, specifically with key lawmakers and staff, government agencies, trade associations, and third party groups/community groups Contribute to public policy discussions with government officials and other external stakeholders and assume leadership of key public policy priorities

Sergey Lebedev

Head of Government Relations

Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group

Sergey Lebedev

Head of Government Relations - Alibaba Group

Graduated from the Russian State University for International Relations (MGIMO) in 2002. Served for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia for 12 years, 10 of which worked in Russian Embassy in China. Supervised external communications in SIBUR and developed regional communications of the company. Two years promoted Russian export in China with the Russian Export Center, established a repoffice of REC in Shanghai. Now Head of the Government Relations of Alibaba Russia.

Nuran Kerimov

Managing Partner

Deloitte Azerbaijan

Deloitte Azerbaijan

Nuran Kerimov

Managing Partner - Deloitte Azerbaijan

Nuran is a Managing Partner at Deloitte Azerbaijan, and he has over 20 years of experience of advising on tax and legal matters in Azerbaijan. Nuran has significant experience in advising both on international and Azerbaijani companies and individuals on a variety of tax and associated business issues. His practice was centred on energy & resources, pharmaceutical and financial industries providing international tax, corporate and individual taxation advice. Nuran has advised clients on individual taxation, accounting, privatization, production sharing agreements, currency and customs regulations in Azerbaijan.

Oget Kantarci

General Manager

Ebay Turkey & MENA

Ebay Turkey & MENA

Oget Kantarci

General Manager - Ebay Turkey & MENA

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Pedro Pinto Coelho

Chairman and Chief Executive

Banco BNI

Banco BNI

Pedro Pinto Coelho

Chairman and Chief Executive - Banco BNI

Innovative, agile and multi-award winning banking leader with over 25 years' international financial services experience with leading blue-chip institutions across three continents in progressive leadership roles, both executive and NED, in Investment Banking, Wealth Management, general management, business development, strategy and latterly in FinTech. My value proposition is centred around enabling challenger banks to establish strategic partnerships with FinTechs to create profitable financial products using an 'open architecture model.' Expert in driving digital banking transformations both in terms of creating 'best in class' digital customer experiences, and transforming key internal support functions to fully align with the overall digital transformation programs of financial institutions. Specialities: FinTech, Digital Transformation, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, General Management, Business Development, Strategy.

Faruk Jazic

CX Strategy and Business Development Leader | Central Eastern Europe and Russia

Oracle CX EMEA

Oracle CX EMEA

Faruk Jazic

CX Strategy and Business Development Leader | Central Eastern Europe and Russia - Oracle CX EMEA

Passionate Enterprise Sales Professional with business acumen and proven field sales and consultancy competencies. Previously worked as a Head of Project Management in Retail Banking leading both Business and IT Projects. Skills ranging from Consulting, Sales, Project Management to Finance, Risk Management and IT hard skills with an outstanding track record. I am at my best when interfacing with Executive Stakeholders, presenting to a diverse professional audience and working across multiple Lines of Businesses such as Consulting, Technology, Operations, Partners and Channels. What primarily drives me is successfully navigating complex deals and projects through making people around me the best at what they can be while being a Brand Ambassador. My cross-industry know-how, coupled with a naturally high level of energy, sense of urgency and quick wit allow me to lead with confidence and inspire businesses towards achieving excellence in Digital Transformation. Academically, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology University in Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Fluent in English.

Barbaros Ozbugutu

Co-Founder & CEO

lyzico

lyzico

Barbaros Ozbugutu

Co-Founder & CEO - lyzico

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Mikhail Komarov

Informatica Division Director

DIS Group

DIS Group

Mikhail Komarov

Informatica Division Director - DIS Group

Mikhail Komarov joined DIS Group in 2009 as a business development manager. Since 2011, he has held the position of Divition Director of Informatica and is responsible for the development of sales and the Informatica partner networks in Russia and the CIS. During his time at the company, he participated in the largest data management projects in Russia and the CIS. Prior to working at DIS Group, Mikhail was responsible for the development of the product line in the banking sector of Technoserv. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (Technical University) with a degree in “Management and Informatics in Technical Systems”

Cenap Dogru

COO/Managing Partner

Papara

Papara

Cenap Dogru

COO/Managing Partner - Papara

Experienced Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Management, Payment Cards, and E-payments. Strong business development professional graduated from Istanbul Technical University.

Onur Altinbas

General Manager - Turkey

Verifone

Verifone

Onur Altinbas

General Manager - Turkey - Verifone

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Serhii Shatsky

Product Manager

National Bank of Ukraine

National Bank of Ukraine

Serhii Shatsky

Product Manager - National Bank of Ukraine

Serhii Shatskyi, project manager of the NBU Strategy and Reforming Department. Now he is responsible for Cashless economy program, which consists of projects: PSD2 implementation, Bank is and Remote ID models, ISO20022, Fintech, E-uah. From 2015 to 2017 Serhii Shatskyi was Director of the Retail Payments Department of the National Bank of Ukraine. Where he successfully transformed internal payment system Prostir and implemented innovative solutions for it. Serhii Shatskyi has spent almost his entire career employed with Aval JSPPB (Raiffeisen Bank Aval JSC). From 2002 to 2015, he worked his way through, from economist to head of Credit Card Department of this bank. His job responsibilities included monitoring acquiring and issuing transactions, dealing with international payment systems, and providing technology solutions and operational support services to the payment cards business. While holding various positions at Raiffeisen Bank Aval JSC, Serhii Shatskyi focused his efforts on implementing innovative projects and developing services for the users of payment cards. Serhii Shatskyi has served as Chairman of the EBA Electronic Payments Committee While in this position, he has been involved in outreach efforts to promote cashless payments in Ukraine and has drafted proposals for amendments to regulations to facilitate the development of payment instruments. Serhii Shatskyi was born on February 24, 1978. In 2000, he graduated with honors from Kherson Economic and Legal Institute, where he majored in Economics and Entrepreneurship and qualified as an economist (finances).

Kunal Patel

FinTechAsia100 ¦ Payments ¦ Banking ¦ Strategy ¦ Innovation ¦ Influencer ¦ Thought Leader ¦ Speaker

SBC

SBC

Kunal Patel

FinTechAsia100 ¦ Payments ¦ Banking ¦ Strategy ¦ Innovation ¦ Influencer ¦ Thought Leader ¦ Speaker - SBC

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Ilker Sözdinler

CEO

Birleşik Ödeme Hizmetleri ve Elektronik Para A.Ş.

Birleşik Ödeme Hizmetleri ve Elektronik Para A.Ş.

Ilker Sözdinler

CEO - Birleşik Ödeme Hizmetleri ve Elektronik Para A.Ş.

A long-time entrepreneur, Ilker Sozdinler now serves as the CEO of Birlesik Odeme the leading, licensed payment services and e-money the company in Turkey that aims to make life easier for people and offers practical solutions by using smart payment technologies. As a serial entrepreneur, Sozdinler has founded, advised, invested in and sold numerous businesses, including NGN, which he led from startup to its acquisition by Croc. He is actively involved with early-stage startups as an advisor, board member and investor. Among others, Sozdinler has personally invested in more than 20 startup businesses including Kectech, SolidusPay, NLE and Tear Drop

Hasan Jabbarov

Co-Founder

Paymes Elektronik Ticaret ve Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Paymes Elektronik Ticaret ve Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Hasan Jabbarov

Co-Founder - Paymes Elektronik Ticaret ve Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş.

A passionate entrepreneur and business developer over 10 years of experience. Prior to Paym.es, set up Advertising Network, ERP platform for SMEs and E-commerce platform, lived and worked in 5 different countries such as Azerbaijan, Turkey, Portugal, Chile, and Lebanon. International experience in industries including foreign trade, consulting and entrepreneurship. A risk taker who dedicate his entrepreneurial journey to create experiences that will improve the way people purchase, pay and develop their businesses. Volunteer and board member of the Turkish ex Volunteers Association.

David Milner

Business Development Director

Spinnaker

Spinnaker

David Milner

Business Development Director - Spinnaker

Spinnaker is a security technology provider, specialising in intelligent cas protection and asset monitoring solutions for the cash industry. “Vice Chairman of the European Intelligent Cash Protection Association, member of the UK Export Council of the British Security Industry Association, David also sits on the European board for the ATM Industry Association. Currently Director of Business Development at Spinnaker International, the largest manufacturer of Cash protection systems with ink. He has worked at Spinnaker for 23 years, the first company to have developed a tracking solution specifically for the Cash Management Industry, reinforcing their importance as the global leader for technology in the cash protection sector. Previously, David did military service and then worked in the security industry with Chubb and TYCO.”

Geray Yusifov

Co-Founder/CEO

Spatium

Spatium

Geray Yusifov

Co-Founder/CEO - Spatium

Geray is a more than 15-years AdTech entrepreneur, taking regional branches of global marketing giants like Havas and McCann to new heights, and creating the leading Marketing Communication Group in Azerbaijan. In 2014, launched Havas in Georgia, taking a spot among the leading media agencies in the country. 2016 was the year when he got inspired by digital decentralization movement, bought his first Bitcoin and start admiringly research the opportunities around Distributed Ledger Technology. In 2017 Geray has co-founded the blockchain startup Spatium. His leadership allows stepping beyond the tech into creating a strong company that can hold its own against both current and future competition. Geray has obtained his MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2018, where he has expanded his interest around fintech and blockchain space as well as joined Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) with his startup at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recognized as one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the US.

Sardor Mukhamedaliev

Chief Business Development Officer

Zoodmall

Zoodmall

Sardor Mukhamedaliev

Chief Business Development Officer - Zoodmall

Sardor Mukhamedaliev - Chief Business Development Officer of leading B2C online Marketplace Zoodmall in Silkroad Countries. He is multifunctional business leader with 20 years experience in all aspects of sales, marketing, business development and networking. He has worked in leading multinational companies like P&G, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies. Sardor's key expertise are mainly in cross border E-commerce, International Trade, Startups, Digital Marketing, Professional Networking, Leadership and Sales Management

Ruslan Aliyev

Chief Commercial Officer

AZİNTELECOM

AZİNTELECOM

Ruslan Aliyev

Chief Commercial Officer - AZİNTELECOM

Date of birth: 6 July, 1984. Ruslan Aliyev is Chief Commercial Officer at “AzInTelecom” LLC since June 2016. He holds Master of Science (MSc.) in International Business from City University of London. R. Aliyev is also certified for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). Ruslan Aliyev has more than 10 years of experience in telecommunication field. Prior to joining “AzInTelecom” team, he was head of Sales and Marketing unit in “Azercosmos” OJSC. From 2001 till 2008, he worked in the field of IT solutions and mobile services.

Bulent Karaman

Channel Director, responsible for the NCR Banking partners in Turkey and Azerbaijan

NCR Turkey

NCR Turkey

Bulent Karaman

Channel Director, responsible for the NCR Banking partners in Turkey and Azerbaijan - NCR Turkey

Bulent Karaman works for NCR Turkey as Channel Director, responsible for the NCR Banking partners in Turkey and Azerbaijan. 23+ years of professional experience at global and reputable companies: IBM, Turkcell, Xerox, Samsung, Anixter and Novell. Expertise of areas: Sales Management, People Management, Channel Management, Account Management, Solution and Consultative Selling.

Timur Biyachuev

Director, Anti-Malware Research

Kaspersky

Kaspersky

Timur Biyachuev

Director, Anti-Malware Research - Kaspersky

Timur graduated from Saint-Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in 2003 and became PhD in 2005. He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2006 as project manager in technology research. In 2014 he became Director of Anti-Malware research unit.

Maxim Brykalov

Head of Department for work with Payment Systems

MAIL.RU GROUP

MAIL.RU GROUP

Maxim Brykalov

Head of Department for work with Payment Systems - MAIL.RU GROUP

More than 10 years in e-commerce. An expert in the field of creation and development of payment and financial services, support of various online projects with payment infrastructure.