Dr. Evangelos Avramakis


Head Digital Ecosystems

at Swiss Re Institute in Zurich

Dr. Evangelos Avramakis is a recognized thought leader in insurance and innovation and works for the Swiss Re Institute. He is a design thinker and a holistic, interdisciplinary, and implementation oriented strategist and doer. Thus, among other tasks he liaises strongly with academia, insurtech, and start-up ecosystem. His main focus covers forward looking market developments, digital ecosystems, omni channel management, and business model innovation. He worked several years in strategy consulting as well as in the life and health primary insurance industry in various managing and steering positions such as marketing & sales, business development, customer and experience management, and market strategy.


Julia Belaya


Director  Health

at Plug and Play in Munich

Julia is the Director of Corporate Partnerships - Health for Startup Creasphere powered by Plug and Play ®  which launched in partnership with Roche in September 2018. The program is an extension of the Plug and Play Health Innovation Platform which partners with over 15 leading corporations including Sanofi, Essity, Johnson & Johnson, Ascension Health, and AstraZeneca/Medimmune. The expansion is part of a global strategy covering partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic and Jumpstart and will continue to expand Asia and the Middle East in 2019.

Tamás Bíró


Chief Marketing Officer

at Barion in Budapest

Tamás is founder and chief marketing officer of Barion, a company ready to disrupt the electronic payment industry. Together with his partner, they wish to conquer the world with their bank card payment solution with a radical pricing scheme and a special business model. Graduated as an engineer at Nottingham Trent University, founding the web developer company Sense/Net with his fellow students; Barion was established as a spinoff venture. Ever since the dawn of Internet, he’s been engaged with web development and e-commerce; first focusing on the technical, later on the marketing aspects. In addition to Barion, he’s an avid evangelizer of Lean, Agile, and Scrum approaches and he incessantly wants to change the way people think. 

Thomas Buemsen



at Smart People in Budapest

Thomas founded Smart People as a platform for bringing traditional corporates and start-ups together in Budapest to talk about collaboration, innovation and digital transformation in a unique setting. Thomas works part-time as Director Partnerships FinTechs at HypoVereinsbank in Munich and also as Managing Director at Dorsum Middle East in Dubai. Before that Thomas worked for 7 years as Deputy CEO at Takarekbank in Budapest and for 3 years as Managing Director DZ Bank Ireland in Dublin. 

Lina Chong



at Target Global in Berlin

Lina joined Target Global in 2018 after having worked in product and monetization at ResearchGate, a company aiming to connect the world of science. Prior to ResearchGate, she was an investor at Hasso Plattner Ventures, a fund backed by the Chairman of SAP. Lina began her career as an entrepreneur operating two startups, one of which was acquired by Living Social. Lina received her Masters in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU School of Management in Germany, and a B.A. in Philosophy/ Law and Society from the University of California, Riverside.

Daniel Dracz


Manager Digital Transformation at Deloitte in Budapest

Daniel has been with Deloitte’s Strategy & Transformation practice for the past four years, focusing primarily on retail banking clients. Apart from traditional growth topics such as sales effectiveness, his recent experiences cover major areas of the banking digital agenda such as digital maturity, PSD2 and FinTech ecosystem analysis from a banking perspective. In this nature, Daniel is a project manager at Deloitte Central Europe’s PSD2 community, consisting of various interdisciplinary practices of all Deloitte member firms CE-wide.

András Fischer


Head of Innovation

at OTP Bank in Budapest

András Fischer is the Head of OTP LAB, the innovation hub of OTP Bank. András is also a member of the supervisory board of OTP Mobil Kft. Before joining OTP, Andras gained experience at management consulting companies in the finance and TMT sector, particularly in strategy, project management, process and product development, business planning, modelling and due diligence.

Dr. Sebastian Glende



at YOUSE in Berlin

The doctor of industrial engineering is an entrepreneur and researcher at heart. Before founding YOUSE in 2010, Sebastian had been involved in innovative approaches to user integration for several years. He researched and worked at universities in Berlin and New Zealand as well as at Daimler AG and BMW Motorrad, and co-founded the Senior Research Group, which involves older people into innovation and education. In particular he is enthusiastic about aging and banking, and cooperating with innovative StartUps. Sebastian has been active in several institutions and functions in the fields of health, nutrition, ergonomics and accessibility, and has won several prizes and scholarships throughout his career. As CEO of YOUSE, he is primarily dedicated to the strategic development of user integration, the development of future-oriented research projects and, last but not least, to expand cooperation.

Anja Christina Gubensek


Business Director for Eastern Europe, Greater Russia, Middle East and Africa 

at Kodak Alaris in Vienna

Anja runs the consumer business for Emerging Markets for ten years now. Her entrepreneurial mindset combined with her experience in Business Development makes her an expert in identifying strategic accounts and new business opportunities. Today she manages over 90 countries and 6 employees with 6 nationalities. 

Kornél Kisgergely


CEO at

HIVENTURES in Budapest

Kornél graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest in 2006. In 2013 he completed the CFA program. He started his career in MOL's risk management area and worked for four years at the Central Bank in the Financial Analyzes and then in Monetary Strategy. He is the author of many scientific publications. He joined the Ministry of National Economy in 2011 and became Deputy State Secretary for Financial Policy since March 2013 and was also a member of the Hungarian Political Committee of the European Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ÁKK. Between 2013 and 2016, he was Managing Director of the MNB Financial Services Supervisor, Hiventures Chief Executive Officer since September 1, 2016.

Péter Kukoda


Startup Lead Expert at Antenna Hungária and CEO at Antenna Hungária Innovációs in Budapest

Péter is responsible for Antenna Hungária's first startup accelerator program including selection, investment and project development in addition to strengthening the innovation activities within the company. Before joining Antenna Hungária, Péter was responsible for the preparation of MOL's innovation strategy which included organisational, cultural and procedural changes as well as the development of a novel corporate toolset and framework for idea management, investment and asset management. He also contributed to the establishment of MOL's venture capital portfolio and MOL's first startup program.

Krisztián Kurtisz


CEO at

UNIQA Biztosító in Budapest

Krisztián graduated as a safety engineer from Kálmán Kandó College of Technology. From 2002, he worked as a car insurance manager at Groupama Biztosító Zrt, and from 2005, he was appointed as the director of the company’s consumer and small business insurance department. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked in Russia, first as the deputy director and managing director ot Renaissance Insurance Group, and from 2009 he founded and built the SRAVNIKUPI.RU online car insurance comparator site and broker company. After 2010, he was leading UNIQA Biztosító Zrt’s non-life insurance department for 6 years, until when he was appointed CEO. In September 2018 he successfully launched the new online insurance platform of UNIQA, called CHERRISK. 

Balázs Mérth


Partner and Head of Advisory Services

at Deloitte in Budapest

Balázs is Partner-in-Charge at Deloitte’s Budapest Management Consulting practice with over 15 years of experience in advising the leading insurance and banking players in Central Europe. He is the financial services industry leader in Hungary and is the leader of the regional transaction advisory team specializing in financial institutions. During his career he has led and participated in a number of advisory projects both in Hungary and in the Central and Eastern European region.

Dominik Mühl


Investment Director

at NuCom in Munich

Dominik is Investment Director at NuCom where he is responsible for portfolio management and leads new strategic investments in the consumer internet space. AS pat of this he led international cross boarder M&A transactions for NuCom.  NuCom is building the No.1 platform for consumer services and lifestyle brands in Europe with market leading portfolio companies such as Verivox or Parship Elite Group. Before his time at NuCom Group, Dominik led Investments in Fintech and SaaS companies at Capnamic Ventures.

József Nyíri



at BnL Growth Partners in Budapest

József is a hands-on innovator and growth leader with more than a decade of fintech experience. Successfully built up digital innovation based technologies and organized EMEA sales teams to distribute them on the market. Visionarie and speaker on digital transformation of the banking industry, connecting large organizations and disruptive software companies.

Roland Pecsenye


Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence

at Zelig Associates in Munich

While still at university, Roland founded one of Hungary’s first B2B FinTech companies with three high school friends. Over the next 18 years, Roland managed to grow IND Group from a “garage company” to a leading international digital banking software solutions vendor with nine offices and over 250 employees. Following a successful exit to Vista Equity Partners led Finastra (FKA Misys) in 2014, Roland has been a keen investor in European FinTech startups. He also advises and mentors prominent acceleration and incubation programs.

Dávid Pongrác



at Oxo Labs in Budapest

Dávid worked for Deloitte’s valuation team in Hungary for more than 5 years, where he became an ASA senior member, which is the highest qualification you can reach in business valuation. Since leaving Deloitte he has been working as an investment director for VC’s. Currently he is a partner in Oxo Labs, a Hungarian seed investment fund. He has been responsible for various investments in different industries as an investment director. He is also acting as an advisory board member for various start-ups and he is an active business angel, as well.

István Südy


Head of Sparklab

at NN Insurance Hungary in Budapest

Steve is Entrepreneur in Residence at NN Insurance Hungary, in charge of fostering innovation within the company. He is head of Sparklab, an incubator that finds and mentors startups that can potentially be a partner for NN. Steve has 6 years experience with startups as a startup founder and mentor in many events including Pioneers Festival, WebSummit, The World Bank Investment Readiness Program and the European Investment Bank Social Innovation Tournament, among others.

Enrico Ubaldi


Senior Associate

Fintech Strategy & Equity Investments

at UniCredit in Milan

With his strong academic mathematical and financial background, Enrico has always been passionate about innovation. After having covered several roles in his company, he is currently part of the Fintech Strategy & Equity Investment team of UniCredit Group, the competence center for all the Fintech-related activities with the aim of scouting, investing and partnering with the best-in-class startups in the Financial Sector. Enrico is also part of UniCredit EVO, the joint investment venture created in partnership with Anthemis Group and has a personal particular focus on Open Banking, Payments, Investment Banking and InsureTech solutions.

Casper van der Veen


Head of Business Development

at Aegon Continental Europe in Budapest

Casper is responsible for strategy and innovation in Aegon’s businesses across Continental Europe (Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Turkey). He has been working for Aegon since 2010, in various strategy and commercial management roles at Aegon Group and Aegon The Netherlands. Before joining Aegon, Casper was active for seven years as associate professor in strategy executive MBA programs at the Rotterdam School of Management and other business schools, and corporate strategy consultant for large multinationals. He holds an MsC in Economics from Rotterdam School of Management and a PhD in Business Studies from the VU University of Amsterdam.

Priszcilla Várnagy   



at Be-novative in Budapest

Priszcilla is the winner of Singularity University’s first Global Impact Competition in the CEE region in 2012, and also achieved first place in TechMatch Europe Silicon Valley and Morgan Stanley CTO Summits. Priszcilla is a startup founder who graduated as a psychologist and managed over 45 R&D and innovation projects globally. She got 500,000 EUR grant from the European Commission to implement her project-idea in 8 countries, which was the base of the unique algorithm idea of Be-novative. Priszcilla is not only responsible for the vision, strategic and business planning in Be-novative, but she uses design thinking to initiate Be-novative’s functionality-planning based on customer needs.

Mathis Wilke


Head of Berlin Office & Executive Director

at ACXIT Capital Partners in Berlin

Mathis is an Executive Director and leads the Berlin office of ACXIT Capital Partners, which he joined with further members of his team. He is part of ACXIT’s technology and media advisory business, focusing on – among others – digital platforms, various software segments as well as artificial intelligence. Prior to joining ACXIT, Mathis led the sector coverage Technology, Media & Telecommunications of IKB, which he helped to initiate and build up. During this time, he successfully completed various sector financing and M&A transactions, and handled the sector coverage for the banks European technology and media clients across multiple sub-sectors. Previously, Mathis worked within the Leverage Finance and M&A divisions of two European investment banks. Additionally, he served two years on the Board of Directors of Gigaset China in Shanghai, focusing on governance and controlling. Since 2001, Mathis also serves on the Board of Trustees of a Bavarian boarding school leading in digital education.