MAY 8

eMPOWERING
UKRAINE'S FUTURE

12th European Banking & Finance Conference

European Banking and Finance Conference aims to connect the leaders of diverse sectors to inspire ideas and provide new perspectives.

12th Conference's purpose - to explore the profound impact and strategic role that financial institutions can play in the reconstruction and revitalization of Ukraine.

This year, the focus of the 12th Conference is to showcase the diverse initiatives of financial institutions and opportunities for businesses to actively participate in the rebuilding process of Ukraine. Explore innovative financial models, investment frameworks, and collaborative efforts aimed at contributing to Ukraine’s resurgence.

Representatives from Ukraine will share the current needs of the country, while professionals and business leaders will narrate success stories of their involvement in Ukraine’s rebuilding process. Additionally, the conference will showcase best international practices for engaging businesses in nation-building initiatives.

The conference will feature insightful discussions and expert panels highlighting the challenges faced by financial institutions, businesses, and policymakers.

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Date and venue:

8th May 2024 at Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius (Universiteto st 14, Vilnius)

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MEET THE CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

GINTARĖ SKAISTĖ
Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Gintarė Skaistė currently holds the position of Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. She is an economist with a PhD in Social Sciences. The Minister of Finance also pays great attention to the implementation of the "New Generation Lithuania” plan, further development of the Fintech sector in Lithuania and other areas, including further support to Ukraine – until now Lithuania successfully provided various aid to Ukraine in the amount of 2% of GDP. G. Skaistė is also a member of the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, an honorary member of the Lithuanian Community of the Atlantic Treaty. The Magazine "The Banker", a member of the Financial Times publication group, announced G. Skaistė to be the winner of the Finance Minister of the Year in global and European context.
PETRO BESHTA
Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Lithuania
Petro Beshta currently serves as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Lithuania. Throughout his career, Ambassador Petro Beshta has held various key positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, including Director-General of the Political Directorate. His diplomatic experience also includes roles in diplomatic missions abroad, such as the Embassy of Ukraine in Serbia and Montenegro and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
LARS WAHLUND
Ambassador of Sweden to Lithuania
Lars Wahlund is the Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania since 2023. He has previously served as Ambassador in Dublin, Ankara and Skopje and has also served at the embassies in Maputo and Bonn. Ambassador Wahlund has a law degree from University of Uppsala, Sweden, and University of Minnesota, USA.
SVEN RÖBEN
Head of Ukraine Team at European Investment Bank
Sven is responsible for the definition and implementation of EIB Group's contribution to the recovery, reconstruction, and EU accession of Ukraine.
NADIIA KAZNACHEIEVA
Chief Investment Officer at UMGI
25 years expertise professional with extensive project management, corporate finance/investment banking, private equity and government relations experience in a variety of industries in Ukraine and UK with a special knowledge in infrastructure, mining and renewables. Several years experience as a board member of private, public and state-owned companies
MARIA PERROTTA BERLIN
Dr. and Policy and Communication Manager at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE)
Maria Perrotta Berlin is Assistant Professor and Policy and Communication Manager at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE). Maria’s research focuses on foreign aid, gender issues and environmental policy. Since 2022, Maria has been coordinating SITE researchers’ collaborative effort to rapidly release content and carry out events with relevance to the war against Ukraine. She is also coordinating an international research group on the sanctions against Russia.
HÅKAN JYDE
CEO at Scania Ukraine
Håkan Jyde is responsible for the Swedish truck maker Scania's operations in Ukraine. Scania never left the country in spite of having its head office occupied by Russian troops. Instead Scania has increased its activity and made new investments to support logistics and transportation, areas that have proved to be crucial during the war. Håkan Jyde has more than 25 years of experience from international truck business and before he moved to Ukraine he spent a significant part of his career in Lithuania, Russia and various CIS countries.
STEFAN FALK
Director at Swedfund, the Swedish development finance institution
Stefan Falk is a Director at Swedfund, the Swedish development finance institution. He is responsible for the Project Accelerator, a program focused on development of critical infrastructure in countries on the OECD/DAC list. The program aims to facilitate investments in infrastructure by providing support to project management and financing of feasibility studies. Currently he leads the work on Ukraine which includes cooperation with Ukrainian authorities in several sectors; water, wastewater, energy and digitalization. Stefan holds a Masters of Economics and has a background in the Ministry of Finance, the City of Stockholm and the World Bank.
AKVILĖ SKIPARĖ
Head of Financial Institutions, NIB
Akvilė Skiparė is the Head of Financial Institutions at the Nordic Investment Bank. Her 18 years of banking industry experience lies in corporate banking and managing client relationships. At NIB, she focuses on enhancing SME lending within the Nordic-Baltic region through collaborations with financial institutions and bond investments. These efforts are aimed at supporting banks with a keen SME focus, thereby mobilising and crowding in additional investors. Akvilė is passionate about talent growth, change leadership, promoting diversity and advocating for sustainability.
MARIUS DUBNIKOVAS
Vice-president Lithuanian Business confederation
Marius is a vice president in the Lithuanian business confederation. The confederation represents more than 36 business associations and over 3500 companies, which together constitute a quarter of Lithuania’s GDP. These companies have already created 200 thousand job positions, which make up 15% out of 1.3 million Lithuanian workers. The main business areas of the organization are: high-tech, education and enlightenment, law, finance, logistics and other services. Marius Dubnikovas has 25 years of experience by taking different positions in banks, financial brokerage companies, and the insurance sector. He also is a associated professor at Vilnius University and works with master students in the field of corporate finance and fintech.
ANDRIUS NIKITINAS
Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations and EU Affairs at LPK
An energetic and ambitious director with more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles across business and financial management, business development, and investment consulting at a private sector and government level. A dedicated team leader who is results-oriented and committed to achieving business goals and meeting tight deadlines, whilst satisfying customer needs and expectations. I thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment
ARTŪRAS ŽARNOVSKIS
Co-create Future of Ukraine programme manager, Central Project Management Agency
Artūras oversees the implementation of Lithuania-funded and multilateral projects in Ukraine's recovery since 2017. Leading the reconstruction under the ongoing conditions of war is a complex task, requiring 24/7 attention and close collaboration with the team on the ground. Working with people who have personally experienced Russia's war, Artūras believes that Lithuania's mission is to unite like-minded partners and to start rebuilding peace and justice here and now.
YURI ANTANIUK
Vice-President and Head of CEE, EPAM Systems
With 33 years of work experience in software development, Yury dedicated 23 of them to EPAM. Under his direction, EPAM Ukraine has evolved into one of Ukraine’s largest digital and product engineering services companies. Currently, Yury oversees 20,000+ IT specialists in 6 countries, delivering top-tier IT consulting and product development services to world-renowned companies and enterprises from the Fortune 500. Board member of the Global Business for Ukraine association.
DAINIUS VILČINSKAS
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board at INVEGA
Dainius Vilčinskas, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board at INVEGA, is a financial industry professional and sustainable finance enthusiast, who has been working in the field for more than 15 years. Having started his journey at Swedbank Lithuania in corporate financing, Dainius climbed through the ranks to becoming one of the main Board members there before joining INVEGA a year ago. Dainius successfully completed the consolidation process of national promotional institutions on the basis of INVEGA resulting in INVEGA currently managing a EUR 1,4 billion portfolio.
PAULIUS KUNČINAS
Founder of Centenary Policy Institute (CPI)
Founder and director of Centenary Policy Institute (CPI), dedicated to protecting a prosperous and united Europe for future generations in one hundred years’ time. His recent focus has been on rebuilding Ukraine, identifying threats posed by Kremlin especially in corporate arena and Russia sanctions. He started his career as a country editor in Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine where he oversaw the process of transition from communism to democracy. Then he served as a Regional Editor for South East Asia focusing on foreign direct investment (FDI) strategies in emerging markets of Asia. Last seven years he has been an active commentator on green energy transition in Europe focusing on net zero goals and access to critical raw materials for European industries.
MUSTAFA-MASI NAYEM
Head of the State Agency for the Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine
From 2005 to 2014, Mustafa-Masi Nayem worked in journalism and served in various roles including journalist, special correspondent, editor, and media manager for top Ukrainian publishers. He then transitioned to public service, holding positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ukrainian parliament, and State Concern "Ukroboronprom". In 2021, he became Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, and since 2020, he's also a co-founder and lecturer at the Center for GR at Kyiv School of Economics. Currently, Nayem is the Head of the State Agency for the Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
DAUMANTAS BARAUSKAS
CEO at Genome
Daumantas Barauskas has actively contributed to making Lithuania-based Genome an accessible, client-oriented financial platform for European businesses for years. With 12+ years of experience working in the fintech industry, he brings his extensive business development and operations knowledge to perfect the platform's services. One of his core missions is to empower Ukrainian people and businesses by procuring tailored financial solutions for their needs. Genome's work in this field is ongoing, and Daumantas relies on the expertise and experience of his Ukrainian team members, who know all the ins and outs of their financial sphere.
MARIUS GALDIKAS
CEO at ConnectPay and Board Member of FintechHub LT
Marius Galdikas, CEO at ConnectPay, brings over 20 years of experience building digital products. With his leadership, ConnectPay has become one of the fastest-growing EMIs in Lithuania and a leading player in the FinTech sector in the Baltics, serving online businesses worldwide. Galdikas, who also serves on the board of The Fintech Hub LT Association, focuses on keeping things simple for customers by adapting complex solutions yet following regulations and initiating dialogues. These strategies have been crucial in building a robust and resilient company that can thrive in today's ever-changing economic landscape.

MEET THE MODERATOR

Vilius Bernatonis
TGS Baltic
Vilius Bernatonis is the Managing Partner at TGS Baltic. He has more than 20 years of practice providing legal services in the areas of banking and finance, energy, international judicial dispute, corporate and commercial law. Vilius works with major local and international banks and provides consultations to companies of strategic importance on financial matters. He regularly participates in conferences as a speaker or moderator on topics of finance, the economy and banking.

Programme

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee

I SESSION

Funding Ukraine’s reconstruction: navigating financial models for success

Vilius Bernatonis / Moderator

9:00 open remarks

Lars Wahlund / H.E. Ambassador of Sweden

Gintarė Skaistė / Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania;

Petro Beshta / Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of ukraine to the Republic of Lithuania;

9:15 – 9:35 BUILDING UKRAINE’S FUTURE: EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK SPEARHEADS RECONSTRUCTION AND EU ACCESSION SUPPORT

Sven Röben / Head of Ukraine Team at European Investment Bank

9:35 – 9:55 Strengthening Ukraine: Opportunities in Critical Infrastructure Investment

Stefan Falk / Director at Swedfund, the Swedish development finance institution

9:55 – 10:15 DRIVING UKRAINIAN BUSINESSES INTEGRATION IN THE EUROPEAN FINANCIAL ECOSYSTEM

Daumantas Barauskas / CEO of Genome

10:15 – 10:35 HOW TO FUND UKRAINE’S RECONSTRUCTION?

Paulius Kunčinas / Founder and Director of Centenary Policy Institute
 

10:35 – 10:55 Reconstruction as a part of resilience

Mustafa Nayyem / Head of the Ukrainian State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development
 

10:55 PANEL DISCUSSION “Facilitating Recovery: Financing for Rebuilding Ukraine”

Andrius Nikitinas / Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations and EU Affairs at Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists;
Sven Röben / Head of Ukraine Team at European Investment Bank;

Dainius Vilčinskas / CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board at Invega;

Akvilė Skiparė/ Head of Financial Institutions at Nordic Investment Bank / Moderator

11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH

II SESSION

A vision for tomorrow’s ukraine: visionary projects and collaborative initiatives

12:30 – 12:50 LITHUANIA AS A DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PLAYER

Artūras Žarnovskis / Co-create Future of Ukraine and European peace Facility programme manager

12:50 – 13:10 DRIVING FORWARD AMIDST WAR: SCANIA’S INSIGHTS FROM UKRAINE

Håkan Jyde / CEO at Scania Ukraine
 
 

13:10 – 13:30 price of war victories in financial markets

Marius Dubnikovas / Vice-president at Lithuanian Business Confederation
 

13:30 – 13:50 Ukrainian business resilience and rebuilding opportunities

Nadiia Kaznacheieva / Chief Investment Officer at UMGI

13:50 – 14:10 KEYNOTE:

RECONSTRUCTING HOPE: THE GLOBAL AND SWEDISH CONTRIBUTION to REBUILD UKRAINE

Maria Perrotta Berlin / Dr. at Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics

14:15 – 14:50 PANEL DISCUSSION “UKRAINE UNBOUND: INSPIRING COMPANIES TO RETURN AND THRIVE”

Håkan Jyde / CEO at Scania Ukraine;
Yuri Antaniuk / Vice President and Head of CEE at Epam Systems
Marius Galdikas / CEO at ConnectPay
Vilius Bernatonis / Moderator
 

14:50 closing REMARKS

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