6TH european Banking&finance conference'2018

Future without cash

The European Banking & Finance Conference is a unique forum for top management and high profile banking and finance sector professionals. The conference is organized by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania in partnership with law firm TGS Baltic and is supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius. It has been bringing together banking and finance experts, regulators and supervisors, as well as business representatives for 6 years already for analyzing and discussing issues that banks and their business clients face in the changing economic, legal and technological environment.

A cash-free future is coming – the traditional ecosystem of payments is being reshaped by fintech. What makes it possible and how will it affect businesses and consumers?

The conference shall be held on 17 May 2018

Five annual conferences have been already held to exchange ideas and expertise in financial sector trends and their impact on traditional banking, businesses and impact on consumers. Each year, the conference attracts decision makers in the industry, including CEOs, political leaders, finance and operations managers, banking experts, to participate in in-depth discussions.

A superb line-up of experts have shared practical, actionable insights and inspired us over the years. Representatives of the Bank of Lithuania, the Chief Economist in Swedbank Nerijus Mačiulis, the founder and the Executive Director of Finansinspektionen (Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority) Malin Omberg, a representative of the International Monetary Fund Bas B. Baker – these are just a few names of leaders and subject matter experts who drive real change and have shared their ideas during the conferences.  

Conference Speakers

Mart Maasik
Innovation LAB Director at SEB

Mart Maasik is one of the innovation pioneers who genuinely believe the times when innovation made happen behind the closed doors are over. In 2012, Mart created and rolled out an innovation roadmap in SEB Baltics. Since 2015, he is the Innovation LAB Director for SEB Group. He has been a jury member and co-founder of the Estonian most massive entrepreneurship program, Ajujaht. He also was the Chief Mentor at European Innovation Academy in 2014–2018 and studied Corporate Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Monika Rimkūnaitė - Bložė
CEO at UAB "Mobilieji mokėjimai"

Monika Rimkūnaitė-Bložė leads the company Mobilieji mokėjimai which is about to launch the first instant mobile payment platform in the Baltic States. The company will offer to the customers P2P payments and payment at the merchant using mobile phones only. Monika also has almost 20 year-long experience working at the banking sector. Before leading this unique innovative project in Lithuania, the last 4 years she led the Product Development at the SEB Baltic division and before that she managed the Payment Card Department responsible for card issue and acquisition in SEB Lithuania.

Mantas Zalatorius
President of Association of Lithuanian Banks

Mantas Zalatorius is the President of the Association of Lithuanian Banks since 2017. Prior to that he worked at the Swedish Trade Council for over 10 years and from 2014 he acted as the Vice-President and Head of Region for Central and Eastern Europe at the Swedish Trade and Invest Council with placement in Stockholm. Mantas has extensive cross-cultural leadership and strategic advisory experience. He has worked with the largest Nordic firms, assisting them to enter and expand in the Baltics and Eastern Europe by establishing new or acquiring existing companies within ICT, energy, media, finance, and defence industries.

    Stanley Skoglund

Payments Expert

Stanley Skoglund is an acknowledged leader in the global payments industry with over 25 years’ experience, and has held executive and board roles in several European and US financial services companies. Prior to establishing the Minerva Partnership Consultancy in the UK , a boutique service offering in payments, strategy and leadership development, Stanley held various leadership positions at Visa, the last one serving as Visa Europe’s Senior Vice President of Payment System & Enterprise Risk. Now he consults with acquirers, PSPs and start-ups in various sectors such as FinTech, learning & development, and blue chip companies.

Marek Pärtel
Co-Founder of EstateGuru

Marek Pärtel is a co-founder and the CEO of EstateGuru. Marek received his university degree in business administration, which was followed by complementing his knowledge of the field in Stockholm University. Marek has been actively engaged in real estate business since 2002, when he set his focus on the real estate investment and development field in several European markets. Since 2014 EstateGuru more than 11 600 investors of different profile from 45 countries have funded more than 55 MEUR of property loans in Estonia, Lavia, Lithuania Finland and Spain. EstateGuru is now building the cross-border marketplace for short-term property loans in Europe.

Kęstutis Gardžiulis
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at ETRONIKA

Kęstutis Gardžiulis is the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at ETRONIKA. He has over 20 years of experience in FinTech, digital banking, smart retail, on-line fraud detection, and digital identity. His teams have received multiple international awards for digital banking solutions and they were among the first in the world to implement the commercial mobile electronic signature solution which became the backbone of the national wireless PKI infrastructure in Lithuania. Kęstutis acted as the CEO of ETRONIKA for many years and served as the Vice-President of the Lithuanian ICT Association.

John Basquill
Editor at PaymentsCompliance

John Basquill leads PaymentsCompliance’s award-winning editorial team. He joined as a reporter in 2015 and has been an editor since 2016. John covers regulatory and legal developments that have an impact on non-bank payments businesses, from traditional acquiring and issuing to newly authorised third-party providers. Within the EU, his team specialises in PSD2 and its accompanying technical standards, the 4th (and 5th) Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the Interchange Fees Regulation. He has also written  numerous specialist industry publications, and was previously a media researcher and contributor at the Gorkana Group.

Johan Modenius
Head of Baltics, Mastercard

Johan Modenius joined Mastercard in 2011 as a sales manager and has since start been a part of the Management team of the Nordic & Baltic Team at Mastercard. Today he is responsible for the Mastercard business in Norway, Denmark, Baltics & Iceland. Before joining Mastercard he was Head of Cards at Banque Invik in Luxembourg who besides acquiring services also offered issuing services in the form of exclusive cards for private banking customers. He holds a Master of Science from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm..

Jekaterina Govina
Advisor to the Board Member of the Lietuvos bankas (Bank of Lithuania)

Jekaterina Govina is an Advisor to the Board Member of the Lietuvos bankas (Bank of Lithuania). She takes part in developing policies for the fintech industry in Lithuania. She is coordinator of Bank of Lithuania Fintech strategy and Head of Innovation Group. Jekaterina has been working as a lawyer in various divisions of the Bank of Lithuania, with the areas of responsibility that included insurance, payments, lending, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding regulations. She has been awarded as a Public Sector Lawyer of the Year for developing the concept of the crowdfunding regulation in Lithuania and preparing the draft law on crowdfunding.

Justas Pikelis
Co-Founder of Monetha

Justas Pikelis is one of the Co-Founders at Monetha. Monetha is creating a a Decentralised Trust and Reputation System for global commerce working flawlessly together with a mobile payments solution on the Ethereum blockchain. Justas is also listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 2018 edition – annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different industries.

Anastasija Plotnikova
Blockchain Centre Vilnius, Advisor

Anastasija holds a senior advisory role with the Blockchain centre Vilnius where she is consulting across Europe, mentoring and accelerating suitable and worthy blockchain projects. Anastasija is regularly advising EU parliament round table discussions on Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrency regulation. Anastasija is head of business development for ETHLend, a Swiss based lending platform, powered by blockchain and smart contracts.

Vilius Bernatonis
Partner at TGS Baltic, Moderator of the Conference

Vlius Bernatonis is a head of Banking & Finance practice group of TGS Baltic. He is a leading expert in finance law working with a variety of innovative projects such as JESSICA holding fund in Lithuania and creation of securitization tools. He is renowned for his expertise and forward-thinking initiatives.


Price: EUR 85 for members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and EUR 105 for other participants
Registration: by filling in the given form or by email to info@swedish.lt (payment details shall be provided)
Date and venue: 17 May 2018, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania