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Global Government Fintech Lab: further speakers confirm for Dublin event

Dub-win: (clockwise from top left) José Manuel Marqués Sevillano, Rahav Shalom-Revivo, Peter Oakes and Euan Slack have confirmed for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 | Dublin pics credit: kh92 & Claire Tardy (both Pixabay)

Senior public servants from countries including Spain, Israel and the UK are among the latest speakers to sign up for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023. 

As governments’ interest in fintech accelerates, public authorities are increasingly looking to explore, encourage and invest in fintech solutions.

The Lab, which will be held in Ireland’s capital Dublin on Thursday 18 May, brings together those charged with exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by fintech, as well as implementing fintech solutions within public authorities.

Global Government Fintech can today announce that José Manuel Marqués Sevillano from Spain, Rahav Shalom-Revivo from Israel and Euan Slack from the UK will be joining the Lab line-up. Peter Oakes, the founder of Fintech Ireland, is also newly confirmed to speak at the event.

The Lab is being organised in tandem with Ireland’s Department of Finance and is partnered by Microsoft.


International line-up in Dublin

Marqués Sevillano is director of Banco de España (Bank of Spain)’s financial innovation and market infrastructures department.

Shalom-Revivo established and manages the Israeli Ministry of Finance’s financial-cyber innovation and international engagements unit. She also founded Israel’s National Fintech-Cyber Innovation Lab – the first initiative in the world that leverages governmental assets and data in order to promote fintech and cyber start-up companies in an open innovation platform; as well as establishing, and leading, the ‘Fintech Ladies IL’ community.

Slack is responsible for the development and adoption of digital tools within the UK Cabinet Office’s Government Grants Management Function. He was appointed head of Spotlight – an automated due diligence tool, designed and built at the Cabinet Office – in August 2020. He also spoke at the first Global Government Fintech Lab, which was held in June 2022 in Estonia (see inset photograph).

Oakes is among the best-known names in the Lab host nation’s fintech sector, holding board director positions at regulated fintech and other financial services firms including TransferMate, Susquehanna International, Optal Financial and AWM Wealth Advisers. He is also a fintech consultant to Armstrong Teasdale, a US law firm with offices in the UK and Ireland. 

Senior public servants from nations including Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Azerbaijan are among the speakers already announced for the event.


Financial services minister’s keynote

Ireland’s minister of state with responsibility for financial services, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, is confirmed to deliver a keynote address to get the Lab underway.

The Lab, which is free to attend for all public servants, will then feature panels and breakout sessions, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking, reflecting Global Government Fintech’s spirit of international knowledge-sharing.

Topics to be covered include: how governments are structuring around fintech; data; payments; blockchain; central bank digital currencies; SupTech (supervisory technology); and how ‘green fintech’ can help achieve climate targets.

Ireland’s government has a long-standing commitment to developing its financial services sector. ‘Fintech and Digital Finance’ was one of five main themes of the ‘Update to Ireland for Finance’, a whole-of-government strategy published in October 2022 charting the development of international financial services to the end of 2026. A (related) financial services ‘action plan’ has just been published.

The Lab is being held at Dublin Castle’s Printworks venue.

If you would like to discuss the event, please contact Anne Simonsen via email: anne.simonsen@globalgovernmentforum.com or phone +44 20 4558 8961. To discuss commercial opportunities, please contact George O’Grady george.ogrady@pendragonim.com.


Global Government Fintech Lab: latest speakers confirm for event in Dublin – an earlier article (14 April 2023) announcing speaker confirmations

Irish financial services ‘action plan’ sets out fintech priorities – our article (28 March 2023) on the inclusion of six priorities for fintech and digital finance in the ‘action plan’ for 2023 published by the Department of Finance

Ireland’s financial services minister to speak at Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 – our article (22 March 2023) looking ahead to Jennifer Carroll MacNeill’s keynote speech

Global Government Fintech Lab to hold 2023 ‘Lab’ in Dublin – our article (20 January 2023) announcing Ireland’s capital as the Lab’s location

‘Ireland’s finance department’s fintech lynchpin: an interview with Karen Cullen’ – an interview (16 September 2021) with the Department of Finance’s head of international financial services (and fintech steering group head)