Amina works with Large Enterprise organization to hire and recruit diverse candidates from LinkedIn as well as partnering with them on implementing strategies for retaining this talent. Using data & insights to support companies’ competitive advantage through its talent, both inside and outside LinkedIn. As an Afghani woman, she recognizes the importance of diversity and it is her calling to help spread this message.
Cliff Redeker is an Innovation and Culture Evangelist for Google. He advises brands and policymakers about incorporating Google’s innovation practices into their own organizations, to help make work better throughout the world. Cliff’s work leading the TED-like Talks at Google program has been featured in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and international publications like El Pais. His other Google passion lies with the Arts and Culture team, where he spreads the story of Google’s commitment to preserve cultural heritage.
He has a MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford. He also earned undergraduate degrees in French business, History, and Psychology from the University of Illinois, where he was a Chancellor’s, Calvin Ke, and Ma-Wan-Da scholar. His personal travel photography (www.cliff.photos) has a viewcount exceeding 800MM, and he’s always looking for another beautiful moment to explore.
FinTech, Payments, Digital Leader. Building the cooperation models between Banks and FinTechs, particularly with regard to the open banking projects as well as driving innovation in the European payments ecosystem. Translating future-oriented ideas into a viable digital value proposition.
Anna has 19 years of experience in the banking and payments industries with a focus on CEE (Citigroup, T-Mobile, mBank, PwC). Particular expertise in the field of innovative digital payment solutions, acquiring, merchant services and digitally enabled financial products (e-commerce, open banking), acquired in the strategy, innovation, product management, and sales-related roles. Anna introduced one of the first online payment gateways in the CEEMEA region as well as the first digital wallet and the mobile payment platform. Managed the implementation of the first local mobile banking apps and the first local mobile payments initiative.
She is a Non-Executive Director of the FinTech/Payments companies in Poland and abroad. Jury Member and Expert at the EU European Innovation Council (EASME Horizon 2020 SME Instrument). Ambassador for the EWPN – European Women Payments Network. Featured in the “TOP 20 Women in FinTech” report (Institute of Innovative Economy, 2017).
Dmitry Soshnikov – Senior Technical Evangelist / Software Engineer at Microsoft, Associate Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE and Moscow Aviation Institute Dmitry combines his work at Microsoft as Technical Evangelist with some teaching engagements at top universities in Russia, where he teaches courses on AI, Functional and Logic Programming.
As an evangelist, he spends a lot of his time making most innovative technologies popular among developers and students, by giving lectures, organizing and driving hackathons and doing actual development together with IT companies across Central and Eastern Europe.
Dmitry promotes modern technologies of software development, has experience in the fields of AI, Internet of things, Windows apps development. He created many online trainings at Microsoft Virtual Academy and Intuit.ru. Dmitry Soshnikov is an author of several books and more than 60 scientific publications.
Today, AI is becoming mainstream, as more and more practical tasks are solved using machine learning and neural networks. Traditionally, data scientists use Python as their language of choice, thus creating barriers to putting AI methods to wider use within .NET community. In this session, we will focus on using .NET for doing AI, starting from using existing cognitive services, to training your own models in C#.
1. Know that it is possible to do data science on .NET platform
2. Learn about machine learning, and how to use some ML algorithms in .NET
3. See some examples of using Cognitive Services and training neural networks in C# using CNTK and ML.NET.
Heinz Kabutz is the author of The Java Specialists’ Newsletter (www.javaspecialists.eu), a publication enjoyed by tens of thousands of Java experts in over 145 countries.
His book “Dynamic Proxies (in German)” was #1 Bestseller on Amazon.de in Fachbücher für Informatik for about five minutes until Amazon fixed their algorithm. Thanks to a supportive mother, he has now sold 5 copies.
Heinz’s Java Specialists’ newsletter is filled with amusing anecdotes of life on the Island of Crete. He is a popular speaker at all the best Java conferences around the world, and also at some of the worst. He teaches Java courses in classrooms around the world, where his prime objective is to make absolutely sure that none of his students fall asleep. He is not always successful.
Java Champion | JavaOne Rockstar | Trainer | Oracle Groundbreaker Ambassador
Every major Java version introduces a new and better way of managing state. Java 7 gave us Phaser as a replacement for CountDownLatch and CyclicBarrier. Hardly any programmers know how it works, even though we are now on Java 11. Java 8 gave us StampedLock, useful as a lighter read “lock” when building concurrent classes. Again, not very widely known, but lots of use cases. Java 9/10/11 introduced VarHandle as an escape latch for the Unsafe addicts.
In this talk we will show all three concepts and explain when each should be used.
Rakhi works at the intersection of psychology, emerging technology and design. She creates interdisciplinary R&D, Innovation and Skunkworks teams and labs for organisations that want to experiment, think forward and invent the future.
Rakhi has extensive experience observing how people behave, monitoring the world for weak signals, patterns and drivers of change, subsequently creating normative or exploratory futures that lead to innovation in new products, services, business models and experiences. Areas of expertise include: Interplanetary civilisation, innovation for humanity, and behavioural change by design.
Rakhi has created award winning products and identified new commercial opportunities for businesses spanning aerospace and defence, digital health, fintech, hospitality, luxury, retail, and travel. Rakhi is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and is qualified as a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol).
She tackles questions such as: How should we transform cities to encourage different social behaviours? What’s the future of the high street? What’s the future of airports? What’s the future of money? How do we encourage entrepreneurship in rural India? – and all the associated business model innovation that accompanies these questions.
Dan leads Ripple’s Regulatory Relations for Europe, managing relationships with central banks, financial Regulators and Governments, and educating policy makers on Ripple’s solutions and role as a fintech service provider. Prior to Ripple, Dan was the Fintech Sector Specialist for the UK’s Department for International Trade, and served as Director of Policy and Regulation at Innovate Finance, the member-led industry body for the UK’s global FinTech community. There he launched the first All-Party Parliamentary Group for FinTech, which provides a forum for UK Parliamentarians to discuss the challenges and opportunities relating to FinTech.
Dan also launched the Transatlantic Policy Working Group (TPWG) in Washington DC, which brings together leading U.S. FinTech companies, academics and regulators to help foster an open, collaborative, and inclusive dialogue with respect to FinTech policy approaches. Dan sits on the UK Department for Trade Fintech Board and has been named one of Thomson Reuters ‘Top (UK) Influencers in the Risk, Compliance and RegTech.”
Connecting over 3 billion people globally, the Internet has completely transformed how we work, play, get around and communicate. In an age where we can talk to anyone in the world instantly and for free, why do global payments take days, cost an arm and a leg, and are so unreliable? How can we enable the world to move money like information moves today? Dan can discuss the siloed, fragmented infrastructure of payments today, and the power of blockchain for improving and revolutionizing the global financial system.
1. Learn how blockchain is changing the foundation of cross-border payments and the global economic system.
2. Understand the challenges faced in the global financial sector, especially revolving around banks and payments.
3. Hear what digital assets are doing to solve fundamental issues with payments today and in the years to come.
Roberto Freato is a M.Sc. consultant on software development, high reliability and cloud infrastructures. As a book author and Microsoft MVP, he wrote 4 books on Microsoft Azure in the last few years. As a solution architect, he’s leading a growing e-commerce solution entirely on Azure PaaS. He also is certified on several vendors with more the 40 certifications.
We have a bunch of options today when implementing an API Gateway for our APIs. The starting point is actually DOING THAT immediately, regardless the underlying technology.
In this session we see how to go in production with an implementation of the open source project “Ocelot”, written in ASP.NET Core, in conjunction with the hosting facility of Azure and App Service for Containers.
1. The need of an API Gateway
2. How to reduce the time to market
3. HA and HR with Containers and Azure App Service
Eddy Travia is a pioneer investor in blockchain technology startups and the CEO of Coinsilium, a London-quoted venture builder, accelerator and investor in early-stage blockchain technology companies.
In July 2013, following several years as a private equity fund manager in Greater China, Eddy co-founded Seedcoin, the world’s first global incubator of digital currency startups and, in May 2014, was named among the ‘Top 3 Most Influential Investors’ at the Blockchain Awards along with Marc Andreessen and Roger Ver. Coinsilium was the first blockchain company to join a stock exchange via an IPO in 2015 (NEX:COIN).
Eddy has led early-stage investments in 20 blockchain companies around the world including Factom, RSK, Blox and Indorse and has advised more than 20 ICOs (i.e. Fantom, GBX, ICON, Dether..). Eddy also regularly delivers keynote speeches on blockchain and advises corporates and regulators. Eddy has completed the Stanford University Financial Engineering executive program for investment and finance professionals in Hong Kong and speaks French, English, Spanish and some Mandarin Chinese.
10 years into the groundbreaking invention of Bitcoin, we find ourselves in a rapidly developing ecosystem for crypto assets and blockchain technology. The landscape for innovation in this nascent space is vast, and we continue to see liquidity pour into research and support for startups utilising distributed ledger technology.
The ingenuity of Bitcoin was to create a verifiably scarce digital asset, which is secured and governed by a “trust-machine”, in the form of a network consensus between nodes and miners who also provide security to the network through computing power. As this base layer of transactional capability became more resilient, new and inventive ways to utilise cryptographic signatures and other “features” of Bitcoin attracted further exploration.
With the realisation of smart-contracts and a vision for new models of fundraising, crypto assets enabled an unparalleled period of liquidity generation for startup companies aiming to use the technology to innovate. The free-moving nature of the open-source community has meant an anti-fragile approach to innovation which has lead to a multitude of different solutions and implementations of blockchain technology for varying interest groups and use-cases.
As more recognised investors and institutions continue to pour into the space, and wider adoption occurs, we begin to comprehend the depth of penetration that this technology is likely to have in our society. A newer, less anarchic and more compliant side of the crypto industry is starting to emerge, and lawmakers around the world are grappling with the best methods for cultivating this new opportunity whilst ensuring safety for participants. In such a fast-moving space the outlook could be entirely different on the anniversary of Bitcoins second decade.
1. Birth of a new asset with digital scarcity backed by a trust machine
2. The interpretation and development of blockchain technology
3. Investment outlook until now and looking forward
Gunnar Peipman is experienced software developer and active .NET community member from Tallinn, Estonia. Gunnar has grown up with coding and has worked on different Microsoft platforms and technologies right from primary school. Having seen technologies coming, going and evolving Gunnar has deep understanding of Microsoft technologies.
Blazor is browser agnostic WebAssembly implementation by Microsoft. Using Visual Studio tooling, Blazor and ASP.NET Core we can build true browser applications. The presentation focuses on architecture, design and implementation of Blazor applications.
Attendees will see through demos how to build cloud-backed and offline browser applications and how to host them on Azure. Let’s peek to future together!
1. What is Blazor, internals of Blazor and how it works
2. How to build Blazor applications using Microsoft tooling
3. Interesting and practical use cases
Roberto Cortez is a passionate Java Developer with more than 10 years of experience. He is involved within the Open Source Community to help other individuals spread the knowledge about Java technologies. He is a regular speaker at conferences like JavaOne, Devoxx, Devnexus, JFokus and others. Roberto leads the Coimbra JUG and founded the JNation Conference in Portugal.
When he is not working, he hangs out with friends, play computer games and spends time with family
Java Champion | Java One Rockstar | JNation Conference Founder & Organizer
I laugh at people that tell me that Java is slow, heavyweight and cumbersome. Maybe it was true when we had EJB2.
I will prove to you that we can develop Enterprise Applications with just a few lines of code that can run in a Raspberry PI. If it runs in a PI, I think we can safely say it would run anywhere! To be able to do it, I’m going to use a new platform called Microprofile. Microprofile optimizes Enterprise Java for a Microservices Architecture and delivers application portability across multiple runtimes. You can use a subset of the Java EE specifications to develop Microprofile applications, with JAX-RS, CDI, and JSON-P and later evolve it with Config, JWTs, Fault Tolerance, Metrics, Health, OpenAPI and Tracing.
Join me for this live coding session and help me spread the word that Java is actually great for the Enterprise.
1. Learn about a community-driven open source effort to bring microservices specifications to Enterprise Java.
2. Understand each specification and how to use it to develop microservices applications in Java
3. Find out how to get involved and shape the future of microservices in Java
Andy’s role as bitFlyer Europe’s COO is the natural result of a career and education that has spanned many aspects of finance and technology, including roles as the global COO for M&A advisory firm BDA Partners and as the CEO of his own tech start-up. Andy is a Japanese speaker and has a passion for all things crypto and blockchain-related. He studied robotics in Japan and wrote a prize winning thesis relating to decentralisation. For more info, see: www.andybryant.me
bitFlyer is one of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world. Founded in Japan in 2014 and having become a household name in that market, the company set up in the US in 2017 and Europe in 2018. In Europe, bitFlyer was granted a Payment Institution (PI) license and in the US it has a license from the New York Department of Financial Services (plus many other state licenses). bitFlyer believes that regulation is fundamental to the future of the virtual currency industry and aims to set a high standard in that regard.
In Japan, bitFlyer consumer and ‘pro’ users can both trade bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Monacoin and Lisk. In Europe and the US, for now the exchange focuses on bitcoin only.
bitFlyer also develops its proprietary blockchain platform for Enterprise, which is called miyabi. For more information go to bitflyer.com
Mr. Frank M. Salzgeber is the Head of Innovation & Ventures Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). The main mission of the Technology Transfer Programme Office is to inspire and facilitate the use of space technology, systems and know-how for non-space applications. The office aims to strengthen the European competitiveness and plays an important role in enhancing the capabilities and of the European industry while broadening its business horizons and creating jobs for its citizens.
In his role, Frank supported over 320 interdisciplinary technology transfers and initiated over 700 new start-ups in the last 10 years through the ESA BIC Programme. This successful framework has been adopted by CERN, Fraunhofer and Airbus Defence and Space.
This year his team has supported and will continue to power 160 new start-ups yearly through the international network of 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres across Europe.
Space is the backbone of the digital economy, Telecommunication, Navigation and Earth observation. There will be no automated driving, shipping, fighting without Space technology and services.
“We need more Space” has been Frank M. Salzgebers’ motto over the past decade. As Head of the Innovation and Ventures Office at the European Space Agency (ESA) he oversees the largest Space entrepreneurship network in the world. His team has initiated over 320 industry transfers, supported over 720 start-ups invested over 45 Mil. Euro in Seed since started.
Frank believes that ‘a society that stops exploring stops progressing’. This year his team will continue to support 180 new start-ups yearly through the over 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres (BICs) in over 60 locations across Europe. Frank and his team will bring Space back to earth and start-ups into orbit. The ESA BICs have created over 5000 new jobs across Europe.
1. Discover how space technology is used in everyday life and how you can benefit from innovation within the space sector
2. How to use the space technology, systems and know-how to drive business and growth
Andrew Mellen is a speaker, trainer, author. The media has dubbed Andrew, “The Most Organized Man in America,” and he has spoken internationally on simplifying, sustainability and spirituality everywhere from Tassajara and Omega Institute to BlogHer, Dad 2.0, Dwell on Design and Great British Business Show.
Andrew’s corporate clients include American Express, Bank of America, BBVA, City of New York, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Friedman, LP, Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nationwide Insurance, NetApp, NY Mets, Time, Inc. and the U.S. Departments of Education and Homeland Security.
Forget multi-tasking and other gimmicks—there are no shortcuts to good time management.
Fortunately, there are secret and not-so-secret ways to get and keep your Millennial and Gen Z workers organized and focused. Every generation has their unique brilliance and blind spots — we’ll look at how these cohorts view tasks and technology and what you can do to manage them, empower them and engage them.
You’ll learn practical, sustainable tools and techniques to help your teams regain valuable hours each week so you can stop being busy and start being effective.
1. Disrupting the narrative of busy + the guilt, regret, avoidance and other stories that stack up around poor
2. Getting buy-in from digital natives to put down their phones and focus.
3. Prioritizing for workers who equate frequency with importance.
4. (Re)-discovering core values and leveraging them to make consistent high-impact decisions every day.
5. How to finally break free from procrastination and manage workflow interruptions effectively.
6. Why multi-tasking always fails and what to do instead.
7. How to run effective meetings and when to avoid them.
Nick is an internationally recognized thought leader, adviser, researcher, author, and facilitator on corporate learning and leadership development. He is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential and is inspired by insights from positive- and development psychology, philosophy the neurosciences.
Dr. van Dam has over 30 years of business experience as a former partner, global chief learning officer, hr executive, and client Adviser at McKinsey, Deloitte as well as a business unit director at Siemens. As an adviser he has served more than 100 clients around the world.
Nick is Chief Learning Officer at IE University (Spain), chief of the IE University center for learning innovation, serves on the University executive board and is a professor in corporate learning and leadership development.
During his career Nick has written articles for various publications and has been quoted by The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Harvard Business Review and many more.
Nick has authored and co-authored more than 25 books and numerous articles on learning and leadership development including ‘Elevating Learning & Development’ (2018), ‘Leadership at Scale’ (2018), ‘Handbook Learning and Development in Organizations (2018 – in Dutch)
Nick has received the 2012 ‘Lifetime Learning Leadership Award’ for his contributions to innovation and learning from The MASIE Center, an internationally-recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance. Under the patronage of the European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education & Research, he received the 2013 Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award for ‘Shaping the Future of Organizational Learning and Leadership Development.’
A long long time ago in a city far away Jens Schauder started coding on a desktop calculator programmable in assembly.
Over 30 years later, after almost 20 years as a consultant working mostly with huge enterprises, he managed to sneak into the Spring Data Team. Here he works mainly on the “Commons”, “JPA” and “JDBC” modules and tells about it at conferences or helps other developers on StackOverflow. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his kids, running, bouldering, JUG organizing or dying doing Freeletics.
JPA is the most popular persistence technology for JAVA.
In this talk, we’ll look into how it works and how it integrates with Spring by means of Spring Data JPA. We’ll look at the various ways one may use Spring Data from ready-made queries over query derivation, query by example, specifications, paging and sorting to custom method implementations.
We’ll also take a look at common pitfalls of JPA and how to circumvent them. And if time is left we’ll take a glance at other technologies available to Java developers to complement JPA and how these integrate with Spring Data.
Participants will learn to distinguish between JPA and Spring Data JPA, the various features Spring Data JPA offers and when to use which feature to achieve their goal.
Preparation: Attendees should be fluent in Java and know what a relational database is. Basic knowledge about JPA is helpful but not required. No preparation is necessary.
Learning Enthusiast at Rocketists
Training Manager at Avon Cosmetics Romania
Corina is a strong learning enthusiast and an advocate of self-directed learning, trying to prove that to know how to (really) learn is not just cool, but extremely useful, especially in our fast-paced world of today. She’s been working in L&D since forever, both from internal roles such as a Training Manager or as an external consultant and enjoys speaking or writing on learning-related topics. She practices what she preaches being a proud geek who studied Management, Psychology, now getting a Masters degree in Anthropology and reading at least 30 books per year.
Reza Rahman is Principal Program Manager for Java on Azure at Microsoft. He works to make sure Java developers are first class citizens at Microsoft and Microsoft is a first class citizen of the Java ecosystem.
Reza has been an official Java technologist at Oracle. He is the author of the popular book EJB 3 in Action. Reza has long been a frequent speaker at Java User Groups and conferences worldwide including JavaOne and Devoxx. He has been the lead for the Java EE track at JavaOne as well as a JavaOne Rock Star Speaker award recipient. Reza is an avid contributor to industry journals like JavaLobby/DZone and TheServerSide. He has been a member of the Java EE, EJB and JMS expert groups over the years. Reza implemented the EJB container for the Resin open source Java EE application server. He helps lead the Philadelphia Java User Group.
Reza has over a decade of experience with technology leadership, enterprise architecture and consulting. He has been working with Java EE technology since its inception, developing on almost every major application platform ranging from Tomcat to JBoss, GlassFish, WebSphere and WebLogic. Reza has developed enterprise systems for well-known companies like eBay, Motorola, Comcast, Nokia, Prudential, Guardian Life, USAA, Independence Blue Cross, Anthem, CapitalOne and AAA using Java EE and Spring.
This fast-paced, demo-driven, entirely slide free session will show you the many ways of effectively deploying a Java EE application to Azure. We will start by deploying a local Java EE application to basic IaaS on Azure. We will then deploy the same application to an entirely managed Azure PaaS.
Finally we will deploy the application to Azure using Docker and Kubernetes. We will discuss the trade-offs of each approach on the way, offering guidelines for which approach might be best for your application. At the end of the session, you will have all the demos on GitHub so you can explore them on your own.
1. How to deploy a Java EE application on Azure using IaaS.
2. How to deploy a Java EE application on Azure using PaaS.
3. How to deploy a Java EE application on Azure using Docker and Kubernetes.
With a background in journalism and more than 10 years of experience in digital and social media marketing, Lea Sandell, is exploring the everchanging landscape of social media as a playground for innovation at the LEGO Group. Across Copenhagen and London, Lea’s previous roles include digital marketing at Microsoft and building up a social media team at creative agency Wunderman UK.
Dharmesh has supported financial services organisations with technology and management expertise for over 30 years and has a proven track record of delivering innovation and vision.
Development and consultancy in the automation of Lloyds TSB’s branch offices implementing the first windows based PC apps and network in branch banking. Re-engineering the bank’s core business processes. Designed and implemented a personal relationship management solution(CRM) for Lloyds TSB’s high value customer base. Created the concept of “Single Customer View” for the bank.
Led technology strategy for NatWest card services, introduced the vision of a layered multi-channel enterprise architecture and the concept of “franchising” / “white-labeling” banking aka Banking As A Platform. Delivered strategies for Y2K, Workflow, and Cards Technology.
At Entranet, implemented the first transactional online insurance solution in the world, the first Java based banking solution in the UK and the first truly multi-channel banking platforms (Internet, Mobile, Kiosk, PDA, TV). Developed and delivered online commerce strategies for over 30 banks and insurance companies. Pioneered a multi-channel online voting system for demonstration to English and Scottish Parliaments, as featured on Tomorrow’s World.
Co-founded edgeIPK, a pioneering UXP – the first to support HTML5, the first to be able to deploy to Web, Offline, Portal and Mobile from a single platform without writing code.
Digital Banking is now a global phenomenon and the industry is experiencing its biggest change since the introduction of ATM’s and mainframes. Some banks are “digitising” while others are spinning up new digital banks – whats the difference? What impact will open banking have on digital and what changes in business models do we expect to see driven by digital and open banking. What will be the role of the Big Tech companies in banking.
1. Learn the difference between digitisation and digital
2. Understand how open banking impacts digital banking
3. Take away the 10 key factors to drive your digital banking strategy
Martin Koderisch is an experienced payments consultant with Edgar, Dunn and Company based in London. He advises organisations across the digital finance ecosystem to solve problems, deliver business strategy and assist them in their digital transformation journeys. Payment themes Martin is currently focusing on include all things related to Open Banking, PSD2 and API banking with a particular emphasis on Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) and EMV 3D Secure.
Prior to joining EDC, Martin held senior positions at MasterCard, Citibank, consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners and Luup – an early mobile wallet pioneer. Martin is a frequent conference speaker and thought leadership author and market commentator. Martin holds a BSc from Manchester University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Dmitri Pivovarov is a Principal Product Manager at Bolt (formerly known as Taxify), one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa which has more than 25 million passengers in 30 countries. Dmitri is responsible for Bolt’s new products and is currently focused on the company’s e-scooters service.
Prior to Bolt, Dmitri has served as a Product Manager at ZeroTurnaround, a development tools company, where he built and launched the QRebel performance management solution for Java applications.
Bogdan is one of the co-founders of Code for Romania and he is currently one of the Technology Officers that help in coordinating the project teams and in delivering the civic apps the organization’s volunteers are working on. Having over 10 years of experience in .net, flavoring from version 2.0 in a POS Windows application, to multi-tenant Azure enterprise solutions, Bogdan is also a Technical Team Lead for a technology company whenever he is not managing the coding teams in the biggest civic tech NGO in Romania.
Alex Panican is a serial entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in Business Strategy, Digital Transformation and Innovation. He’s the Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT), where he’s supporting international fintechs to establish and grow their operations in Europe. Disrupter at heart, AI advocate and Stoic philosopher, he believes the best is to come for humanity.
Alex is also a professor in Business Strategy and Digital Marketing. He holds an MBA in Strategy from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.
The LHoFT aims to drive digitalization and innovation in the Luxembourg financial industry and build a collaborative ecosystem of innovators across all sectors of the domestic and international community, including traditional financial services firms, government, regulators, universities, investors and, of course, startups.
I will use my 13 years of experience as a software tester and my 9 years of expertise as senior trainer in order to support my customers in their effort to be more innovative while approaching the quality process and testing because I strongly believe that brain can be used for creation and machines for execution.
Octavian is a tech journalist and the Events & Contents Strategist of start-up.ro, Romania’s finest startups & entrepreneurship publication. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of the top tech news website in the country and he has written stories about technology and startups for two of the leading newspapers in Romania, Adevărul & România Liberă. He is an avid social media user, with over 10.000 followers, a passionate video creator and SEO Consultant.