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Speakers line up for Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

Dublin date: (clockwise from top left) Marine Krasovska, Doris Dietze, Karen Cullen, Valentina Ion, Nazim Gasimzade, Rachel McLaren and Daniel McLean are among the speakers confirmed for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

Senior public servants from finance ministries and supervisory authorities across Europe are among the speakers to confirm for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023.

Global Government Fintech’s one-day event – which will be held in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, on Thursday 18 May 2023 – brings together public officials who are exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by fintech, as well as implementing fintech solutions within public authorities.

Ireland’s minister of state with responsibility for financial services, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is being organised in tandem with Ireland’s Department of Finance.

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

Doris Dietze, head of digital finance, payment services and cybersecurity in Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance; Karen Cullen, head of Ireland’s Department of Finance’s international affairs unit (and chair of a Department of Finance-created fintech steering group); and Marine Krasovska, head of the fintech supervision department at Latvijas Banka (Latvia’s central bank) will feature in the day’s opening panel session: ‘How best should financial authorities explore fintech solutions?’.


Breakout session speakers

Rachel McLaren, head of open banking payments at the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), is confirmed as a speaker during a session on ‘Government Payments’. Nazim Gasimzade, director of the State Treasury Agency of the Ministry of Finance in Azerbaijan, will speak at the same session.

Daniel McLean, distribution lead in the European Central Bank (ECB)’s digital euro project, will speak at a breakout session on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He will be joined at the session by Valentina Ion, who is director of strategy, public finance and industry at Microsoft, which is partnering the event.

Dietze, Cullen, Krasovska and Ion were also among the speakers at the inaugural Global Government Fintech Lab, which was held in June 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. This event was organised in partnership with the Estonian government.

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.

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

‘Getting into gear: governments get organised for fintech’ – a report from the Global Government Fintech Lab 2022’s opening panel session, which featured Karen Cullen and Doris Dietze

‘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)