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Global Government Fintech Lab: latest speakers confirm for event in Tallinn

Fintech pioneers (top row): Slack, Olt, Krasovska & Bryssinck; (second row) Čekalovs, Kerse, Liivamägi and Tuláček – all heading to Tallinn as part of the inaugural Global Government Fintech Lab speaker line-up

Senior public servants from countries including the UK, Czech Republic and host nation Estonia are among the latest speakers to sign up for the inaugural Global Government Fintech Lab. 

As governments’ interest and investment in fintech solutions are accelerating, public authorities are increasingly looking to champion their fintech industries and encourage fintech solutions.

Global Government Fintech’s event, which will be held in Tallinn on Wednesday 1 June 2022, 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 unveil a further eight speakers will joining the government fintech pioneers already confirmed in taking to the stage in Estonia.

The one-day event includes keynote speeches and five panel sessions, with the overall day split into two themes: ‘How can governments help fintech?’ (the morning sessions) and ‘How can fintech help governments?’ (the afternoon sessions).

Panel session line-ups take shape

Euan Slack, who is responsible for the development and adoption of digital tools within the UK Cabinet Office’s Government Grants Management Function, and Aleksejs Čekalovs, senior expert in Latvia’s Ministry of Finance’s EU funds audit department, will be joining the ‘How can fintech help governments tackle fraud, error and debt?’ panel session.

Jerome Bryssinck, director of government solutions at newly confirmed event partner Quantexa, will join the same panel alongside fellow private-sector representative Valentina Ion, director of strategy, public finance and industry at Microsoft.

Dr Michal Tuláček, head of the general tax legislation unit in the Czech Republic’s Finance Ministry, will be tackling the topic of ‘How can fintech help government payments’ alongside Evelyn Liivamägi, deputy secretary-general for financial and tax policy in Estonia’s Finance Ministry.

Mehmet Kerse, senior consultant – digital finance and financial inclusion for CGAP / World Bank Group and Rainer Olt, head of the payment and settlement systems department in the host nation’s central bank, are set to feature in the day’s final panel session: ‘How could central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) help deliver public good?’.

Marine Krasovska, director of the department of financial innovation in Latvia’s Financial and Capital Market Commission, is a new addition to the day’s second panel, which is addressing the topic of ‘How can governments help the fintech sector to grow?’.

Introducing key players in government fintech

Senior public servants from Germany, Ireland, Spain and Austria are among the speakers already announced for the event.

“It’s very exciting that after two years of interactions largely taking place ‘remotely’ we will be able to meet in person,” said Global Government Fintech editor Ian Hall. “We’re really looking forward to introducing key players in the emerging global government fintech community and hearing their views on some of the hottest topics in this rapidly developing space.”

The Global Government Fintech Lab is being organised in tandem with the government of Estonia and is partnered by Microsoft and Quantexa.

The event is free to attend for all public servants and will be held at the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel. Further information can be found on the Global Government Fintech Lab webpage.

If you have questions about 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.

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Ian is editor of Global Government Fintech and also writes for media including City AM and #DisruptionBanking. He is former UK director for the pan-European media network Euractiv (2011-2018), editor of Public Affairs News (2007-2011) and news editor of PR Week (2000-2007). He was shortlisted for ‘Editor of the Year’ at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards in 2010. He began his career in Bulgaria at English-language weekly the Sofia Echo.