Top public servants line up to speak at Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

By on 27/04/2023 | Updated on 28/04/2023
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Senior public servants from countries including the UK, Spain and Israel are among the latest speakers to confirm their attendance at the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023. 

The one-day event, which will be held in Ireland’s capital Dublin on Thursday 18 May, is being organised by Global Government Forum’s sister title Global Government Fintech. It will bring together those charged with 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, is already confirmed to deliver a keynote speech 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.

The Global Government Fintech Lab agenda tackles questions such as how governments and public authorities are structuring around fintech and exploring where the biggest opportunities can be found for fintech solutions in the public sector. It also includes a session delving into the biggest financial data-related possibilities and challenges for public authorities.

More specific breakout sessions are planned on topics including: public authorities’ use of fintech solutions to tackle fraud, error and debt; payments; blockchain; central bank digital currencies (CBDCs); and how ‘green fintech’ can help achieve climate targets.

Register for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 for free here

Central banks and financial watchdogs head to Dublin

Newly confirmed speakers travelling from the UK include Ravi Bhalla, head of the innovation department at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and who also chairs the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) – an international network of more than 80 organisations; and Euan Slack, who is responsible for the development and adoption of digital tools within the UK Cabinet Office’s Government Grants Management Function.

Heading to Ireland from Spain will be José Manuel Marqués Sevillano, director of Banco de España (Bank of Spain – central bank)’s financial innovation and market infrastructures department; while, travelling from Israel, is Rahav Shalom-Revivo, who established and manages the Ministry of Finance’s financial cyber innovation and international engagements unit. She also founded Israel’s National Fintech-Cyber Innovation Lab.

Newly-confirmed speakers travelling to the Lab from Europe’s Baltic region are Mari-Liis Kukk, head of the Estonian Financial Supervision and Resolution Authority (Finantsinspektsioon)’s innovation department; and Dina Buse, deputy director of the financial market policy department and head of the credit institution and payment services policy division in Latvia’s Ministry of Finance.

Aiaze Mitha, who leads the UN Development Programme (UNDP) / UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)’s joint programme on digital finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, will also speak at the event.

Exploring fintech solutions for government

The day’s first panel session, ‘How best should financial authorities explore fintech solutions?’, is set to feature 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).

Rachel McLaren, head of open banking payments at the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), and Nazim Gasimzade, director of the State Treasury Agency of the Ministry of Finance in Azerbaijan, will speak on the topic of payments.

Daniel McLean, distribution lead in the European Central Bank (ECB)’s digital euro project, will speak at a breakout session on 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.

The Lab is being organised by Global Government Fintech in tandem with Ireland’s Department of Finance. It is the second such event after the inaugural Global Government Fintech Lab, held in June 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. This event was organised in partnership with the Estonian government.

If you would like to discuss the event, please contact Anne Simonsen via email [email protected] or phone +44 20 4558 8961.

To discuss commercial opportunities, please contact George O’Grady [email protected].

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About Ian Hall

Ian is editor of Global Government Fintech a sister publication to Global Government Forum. Ian 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. Ian has an MA in Urban and Regional Change in Europe and a BA in Economics, both from Durham University.

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