08:30 – 09:00

Registration and networking

09:00 – 09:10


What is the aim of Global Government Fintech and today’s Fintech Lab?

Ian Hall
Editor, Global Government Fintech

09:10 – 09:30

Opening Keynote

The Irish government’s approach to fintech – next steps

Neale Richmond
Minister of State, Ministry of Finance, Ireland

09:30 – 10:20

Governments and fintech: on the right path?

Governments worldwide are seeking to encourage the development of their fintech sectors.
This session will set the scene for the day by exploring questions including: What challenges do governments face in structuring their engagement with the private sector? How can governments best ‘keep up’ with the pace of technological change in areas ranging from AI and blockchain to payments technology? What successes and failures have public authorities had in engaging with the fintech sector?


Karen Cullen
Head, International Financial Services Unit & Fintech Steering Group, Department of Finance, Ireland

Dominik Freudenthaler
Fintech Expert, Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria

Peter Oakes
Founder, Fintech Ireland

Robert Rampre
Undersecretary, Insurance and Capital Market Division, Ministry of Finance, Slovenia

10:20 – 11:10

Governments and the future of finance

Public-sector finance authorities worldwide are embarking on operational transformation to incorporate and capitalise on the possibilities enabled by innovative technology. This session will tackle questions including:
Which innovative technologies are proving most useful and how? What are the biggest challenges to adopting new technologies? Which innovative technologies are seen as holding the most potential and why?

Dina Buse
Deputy Director, Financial Market Policy Department, & Head, Credit Institution and Payment Services Policy Division, Ministry of Finance, Latvia

Diego Villafáñez Sagardoy
Digital Finance Co-ordinator, Department of Digital and Sustainable Finance, Spanish Treasury

Sandy Sancaster
Head of Government and Strategic Accounts, ClearBank

Knowledge Partner:

11:10 – 11:30

Morning refreshments

11:30 – 11:50

Regulatory check-in (EU)

Keeping track of European Union (EU) fintech regulation – and what’s next?

MiCA. DORA. FIDA. PSD3… the abbreviations are mounting up as Europe introduces fintech-relevant rules. Ahead of the European elections (to be held in June 2024), this session will serve as both a stock-take of developments that public servants should pay attention to and look at what’s coming up.

Marine Krasovska
Head, Fintech Supervision Department, Latvijas Banka (Latvia’s central bank), Latvia

Diego Villafáñez Sagardoy
Digital Finance Co-ordinator, Department of Digital and Sustainable Finance, Spanish Treasury

Ian Hall
Editor, Global Government Fintech

11:50 – 13:00

Financial regulators and innovative technology: on the right path?

International and national regulators / supervisors are seeking to foster financial innovation while striving to pace with technological innovation.
This session will tackle questions including: How are central banks and supervisory authorities structuring themselves (internally) to adapt to technology-driven change? What are the biggest challenges that regulators face in adapting traditional processes? To what extent are ‘innovation hubs’ and ‘sandboxes’ helping public authorities in their engagement with private-sector projects?

Parma Bains
Financial Sector Expert, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Denise Delaney
Head, Supervisory Risk and Horizontal Division, Central Bank of Ireland

Moad Fahmi
Senior Advisor, Supervision (Financial Technology), Bermuda Monetary Authority

Marine Krasovska
Head, Fintech Supervision Department, Latvijas Banka (Latvia’s central bank), Latvia

Jon Reidar Testad
Senior Advisor for Digitalisation and Innovation, Department of Digitalisation and Analysis, Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway

Steve Barr
Global Industry Advisor, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector

Knowledge Partner:

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:50

Public sector financial innovation through payments technology

Public authorities worldwide are moving away from traditional paper processes to using payments technology to improve the efficiency of payments, reduce mis-directed payments and also reduce costs. Examples include use of open banking to make and take government payments. This session will tackle questions including: What possibilities does technology hold to improve government payments (for both governments themselves and citizens/businesses)? What barriers exist to the successful rollout of payments technology? Which emerging payments technology solutions hold most promise for government use?

Alessandro Moricca
Chief Executive, PagoPA (national payments platform), Italy  

Lee Edmonds
Head, Payments Services, Financial Services, Crown Commercial Service, United Kingdom

Sudhanshu Prasad
Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

:50 – 15:10

Fireside Chat: Public sector finance – shared service innovation


Bernie Kelly
Chief Executive Officer, National Shared Services Office, Ireland

Speaking With:

Siobhan Benita
Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech

15:10 – 15:40

Afternoon Refreshments

15:40 – 16:25

Fighting financial fraud with technology

Public authorities are making increased use of technology to stop or track down fraudsters. But technology is also creating new opportunities for fraudsters themselves. This session will tackle questions including: To what extent is the public sector automating and improving anti-fraud processes using technology, and how? What technologies are proving most successful in preventing fraud and catching fraudsters? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the public sector in using technology? To what extent can technology help tackle financial crime across borders?

Sofie Østerkjærhuus Jensen
Head of Company Supervision, Danish Business Authority

Charlie Boundy
Chief Data Officer, Companies House, United Kingdom

16:25 – 17:10

Frontiers of fintech (and beyond)

From artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and digital ID, technology is offering up a world of opportunities for the public sector. Our concluding panel will take a look into Global Government Fintech’s crystal ball and discuss which trends they see as holding most potential – and challenges – for the public sector.

Parma Bains
Financial Sector Expert, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Mari-Liis Kukk
Head of the Innovation Department, Estonian Financial Supervision and Resolution Authority (Finantsinspektsioon)

Mai Santamaria
Principal, Shareholding and Financial Advisory Division, Department of Finance, Ireland

17:05 – 17:15

Closing remarks

We wrap up the event and welcome participants to the Networking & Evening Drinks

Siobhan Benita
Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech

Ian Hall
Editor, Global Government Fintech

17:15 – 19:00

Networking Reception


19:00 – End of Day

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