Chances & Challenges for the European Financial Industry
What is Frankfurt Digital Finance?
At a time of transition and great uncertainty, Frankfurt Digital Finance gathers key participants in the European digital finance ecosystem. Launched in 2019, Frankfurt Digital Finance Conference has grown into one of the most pre-eminent events of its kind in Europe.
Putting quality over quantity, we bring together top-executives, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and policy makers on a single platform to discuss the topics shaping the future of the financial industry.
We enable exchange of ideas and foster collaboration – helping disruptive companies find corporate partners and investors to scale up faster, and established financial services providers to innovate their business models.
After more than one year of virtual meet-ups, we are more than excited that Frankfurt Digital Finance will return as a live event on February 2, 2022.
Meet the speakers who will share their perspectives and insights.
Chairman of the Board, Israel Innovation Authority
Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority. Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years’ experience in research, development and senior level management in the field of the Semiconductor. Prior to the current job as Chief Scientist, Dr. Appelbaum served for 22 years at numerous executive positions at KLA Tencor, $15.6B Market Cap and world leader in the business of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry based in the Silicon Valley, CA. His most recent position was Corporate Senior Vice President and president of KLA Tencor Israel. Dr. Appelbaum holds a Doctorate and Master degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and an Engineering degree from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, all in the field of materials engineering. Dr. Appelbaum is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and holds 7 patents in the field of semiconductor equipment and processing.
CEO & Founder, wefox Group
Julian Teicke is the CEO & Founder of wefox Group. He is a serial founder, investor and mentor, and an entrepreneur out of passion to fundamentally change the status-quo in the insurance industry. The wefox Group is one of the fastest growing insurtechs in the world and they are the force behind the consumer-facing insurance carrier ONE and the insurance platform wefox. They have successfully made their mark in Europe, are planning to expand globally and set to tell the world the story of their journey and speak about the future of insurance.
CEO and Co-Founder, Tuum
Vilve Vene is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tuum, formerly Modularbank, the Estonian fintech offering a next-generation core banking platform. Vene started creating innovative financial technology well before the term “fintech” even became a tangible concept. For more than 25 years, she has been digitising banks and setting up financial technology companies. She is one of the bright minds behind the Estonian e-tax system and was recently recognised as “Highly Commended” Woman in Tech at Banking Tech Awards 2020.
CMO & CXO, Deutsche Bank
Tim Alexander joined Deutsche Bank in July 2017 and has been heading the newly established Client Management division as CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) and CXO (Chief Experience Officer) of Private Bank since October 2019. Customer Management covers all strategic and operational Marketing functions, Customer Experience Management, Customer Relationship Management and Complaint Management, as well as Data, Digital and Analytics. The goal is to create holistic brand and customer experiences that inspire and lead to recommendation. Products, processes, services and campaigns are developed together with customers and frictions at customer interfaces are the starting point for continuously customer experience improvements.
Tim Alexander joined from Swisscom, where he headed the marketing and communications department. Previously, he was Vice President Brand Management for the O2 brand in Germany and held management positions at the creative agencies Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Head of Blockchain Center, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Blockchain Center at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He was ranked as a “Top 30” economist by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and belongs to the “Top 40 under 40”,a ranking by Capital (German business magazine). Philipp´s expertise includes blockchain and distributed ledger technology, crypto assets, Euro-on-Ledger, ICOs, security tokens, digital transformation and entrepreneurship. He is member of the Fintech Council (FinTechRat) of the Federal Ministry of Finance and also engaged in the EU Blockchain Observatory. He is founding member of the German Blockchain Association, the International Token Standardization Association and the Multichain Asset Managers Association.
Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Prof. Dr. Joachim Wuermeling took office as a member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank on November 1, 2016. He is responsible for the Directorates General Banking and Financial Supervision, Information Technology and Risk Control. Prior to taking on his current position, Mr. Wuermeling, who has a PhD in Law, held a variety of executive-level posts in the financial and insurance industries as well as in politics. From 2011 until his departure for the Bundesbank, Mr. Wuermeling was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Sparda-Banken in Frankfurt am Main. Prior to that, he was a member of the Executive Board of the German Insurance Association for around three years. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Wuermeling was State Secretary for European affairs at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, where he was also responsible for coordinating European policy matters. Prior to this, he was a member of the European Parliament (CSU) from 1999 to 2005.
This year’s topics
At Frankfurt Digital Finance, we combine breadth and depth with a focus on the key topics transforming the industry.
Here are three reasons to be part of Frankfurt Digital Finance 2022: a diverse list of world-class speakers, high-quality and inspiring content, unequalled networking opportunities,
What Attendees are saying about us
Our aim is to connect the key players in the European Digital Finance ecosystem under one roof: corporates, start-ups, investors, academia, regulators and policy makers. We are proud that the first two editions of Frankfurt Digital Finance seem to have achieved just that. Read some of our past attendees' testimonies:
The conference offers a great mix of people to engage with. The audience is phenomenal from banks to young companies. It is a great place to share our vision and connect with new partners.
Erik Podzuweit Founder Scalable Capital
For us as a company from Finland, the conference is a great opportunity to meet decision makers from all the different financial institutions. You cannot miss that.
Antti Tarakamäki Co- Founder, Managing Partner of Bankify and Serial Entrepreneur
I have enjoyed the conference very much. It is very diverse, it gathers many different people, addresses many different topics. At ING we always try to to figure out new business models and look out for partners. So this is the perfect place to do this.
Laura Wirtz Head of Strategy, ING Germany
It is very important for us to network – not only with our peers but also with people from the wider community. Having a format like this really helps to foster that dialogue. It is very efficient because you do not have to set up 100 meetings, I like that.
Dr. Daniel Bartsch Founder & CEO creditshelf
Frankfurt Digital Finance is ideal for startups to meet the relevant players under one roof. We have had a number of startups from our accelerator and it was amazing to see how many contacts they made in one day – work that normally takes us 3 months. I encourage international startups to attend and present themselves.
Ram Shoham Founder & CEO Accelerator Frankfurt
It is important for young companies to come together with established players to create dialogue and a mutual understanding. For at the end of the day it is not fintech vs. traditional banks but partnerships of mutual benefit. This conference is the right form and the right format to have this kind of exchange.
Thomas Menzel CFO Share Now
Frankfurt Digital Finance is the first real community ecosystem- event in Frankfurt
Alexis le Portz Chief Digital & Innovation Officer of ODDO BHF
You are in great company
Frankfurt Digital Finance is made possible through generous support of our partners and sponsors. Get in touch if you, too, would like to sponsor FDF2022.
Frankfurt Digital Finance Conference will return as a live event next February.
Join us and the community we have missed for so long.