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Global Government Fintech Lab in Dublin: further speakers confirmed as event nears

Dublin calling: (clockwise from top left) Katie Fortune, Moad Fahmi, Dominik Freudenthaler and Paul Blackwell have confirmed for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 | Dublin pics credit: kh92 & Claire Tardy (both Pixabay)

Senior public servants from countries including Austria, Bermuda 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 Dominik Freudenthaler from Austria, Moad Fahmi from Bermuda and Katie Fortune from the UK will be joining the in-person event’s line-up. Paul Blackwell from Nintex, one of the Lab’s knowledge partners, is also among the names newly confirmed for the event.

The Lab is being organised in tandem with Ireland’s Department of Finance. It is taking place for the second time after the inaugural event brought global government pioneers together in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2022.


Public- and private-sector experts

Dominik Freudenthaler is a fintech expert in Austria’s Federal Ministry of Finance, as well as acting chairperson of Austria’s Regulatory Sandbox Advisory Board (which is housed in the ministry).

Moad Fahmi is senior adviser for supervision (financial technology) at the Bermuda Monetary Authority. He previously worked in Canada as director for fintech and innovation at the Authority of Financial Markets (Autorité des marchés financiers – AMF) in the province of Quebec.

Katie Fortune is a senior manager in the Bank of England’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) unit, overseeing international and stakeholder engagement, and work on functional design.

Paul Blackwell is manager of public sector business (UK & Ireland) for technology company Nintex. His expertise lies in helping government agencies to navigate the complexities of digital transformation, with a focus on improving workflows, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

Senior public servants from countries including Azerbaijan, Estonia, Germany, Israel, Latvia and Spain are among the speakers already announced for the event, as well as Valentina Ion, who is director of strategy, public finance and industry at event partner Microsoft.


Financial services minister’s keynote

Ireland’s minister of state with responsibility for financial services, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, will 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.


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)