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Global Government Fintech Lab in Dublin: line-up latest as further speakers sign up

Dublin up: (clockwise from top left) Denise Delaney, Kristin Tornling, Martina Verić and Ezechi Britton MBE have confirmed for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 | Dublin pics credit: kh92 & Claire Tardy (both Pixabay)

Further speakers from Ireland and the UK, as well as representatives of financial authorities in Croatia and Norway, have joined the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023’s speaker line-up.

The Lab, which will be held in 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 Denise Delaney and Gavin Curran, both from the Central Bank of Ireland, along with Croatia’s Martina Verić, Norway’s Kristin Tornling and the UK’s Ezechi Britton MBE have all confirmed to share their expertise at the international 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.

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


International fintech perspectives

Delaney is head of the policy and risk horizontal function within the Central Bank of Ireland’s financial regulation – policy and risk directorate. She is responsible for the development and co-ordination of innovation strategy and policy, including the central bank’s approach to engagement with innovators via its Innovation Hub and outreach programme.

Curran, who is head of the central bank’s markets supervision division, has also confirmed to join the event.

Verić is head of the funds and investment firms supervision division at the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA).

Tornling is senior adviser for digitalisation and innovation at the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet). She is project manager for a major internal digitalisation project running from 2022 to 2026 that aims to accelerate the authority’s digitalisation using technology such as cloud services, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA).

Britton was recently appointed as chief executive officer of the UK’s Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT). CFIT is a new organisation backed by more than £5 million (about $6.3m/€5.75m) of public money being set up to help fintech companies to grow. 


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 event, which is free to attend for all public servants, will then feature panels, breakout sessions and fireside chats, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking.

Speakers already confirmed from Ireland include Karen Cullen, who is head of the Department of Finance’s international financial services unit (and fintech steering group), and Fintech Ireland’s Peter Oakes. Already confirmed from the UK include the Cabinet Office’s Euan Slack and the Bank of England’s Katie Fortune.

Panel sessions will examine how public sector authorities are structuring around fintech; look at the challenges and opportunities created by the growing availability of digital data; and fintech’s possibilities for government payments. Breakout sessions will focus on blockchain, SupTech (supervisory technology), central bank digital currencies, and fraud, error and debt. Further sessions include a fireside chat with Aiaze Mitha, global lead – digital finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

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 an ‘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)