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30 October 2012

Mobile and Digital Finance Conference

On 15-16 October the inaugural conference “Mobile and Digital Finance” was held in Moscow. The event featured the leading players in the online banking, e-finance and electronic payment sectors.

The two days of the conference included presentations on the future of banking and financial services. More than 40 speakers gave their answers to the question “Which opportunities are new technologies opening up for financial service professionals?”

The conference’s first session gathered on stage representatives of the largest Russian banks, including Alfa-Bank, VTB and Sberbank Technology Research Center, as well as top managers from successful foreign banks – Alior Bank (Poland) and Axis Bank (India).

In his presentation, Alfa-Bank’s Head of IT and E-business Sergey Mednov spoke about several interesting financial projects which banks are developing in light of the financial services market’s move towards mobility, and also the growing role of social networks. Mircea Mihaescu, Director of Sberbank Technology Research Center, looked at changes in consumer behaviour which have occurred due to technological innovations.

The perspective of one of Poland’s most innovative banks was presented by Cezary Smorszczewski, Deputy CEO of Alior Bank. Mr Smorszczewski spoke about how Alior Bank has used new technologies to remain ahead of its competitors. The dynamic financial services market in India was covered by Nitin Chittal, Vice-President of Axis Bank.

All the conference’s speakers agreed that, as we work in the digital era, business models and interaction with clients must be re-thought.

Many of the conference’s delegates were especially keen to listen to an interview with Oleg Tinkov. Oleg spoke about his new project KupiVkredit (“Buy on Credit”), which he said was more complicated than his main credit card business, but which he hoped would develop further. Mr Tinkov also mentioned a project with Renaissance Insurance, saying that there was great potential in online insurance. Oleg also introduced his project Tinkoff Digital, which he called his “new plaything”, and which is currently the business that he is dedicating the most time to.

Listen to the full interview on the conference’s website:

WWW.DIGITAL-FINANCE-RUSSIA.COM

The conference’s other expert speakers included:

Oliver Hughes, President, Tinkoff Credit Systems

Boris Kim, Chairman of the Management Board, QIWI Bank

Evgeny Davydovich, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Svyaznoy Bank

Deniz Devrim Cengiz, Director of Alternative Delivery Channels, TEB, BNP Paribas JV (Turkey)

Alexey Evtushenko, CIO, Home Credit Bank

Oksana Smirnov-Krell, CTO, SvyaznoyBank

Elliot Goykhman, CIO, MDM Bank

And many others

In exactly a year’s time the conference’s organisers are planning to hold its second edition, to continue discussion of the hottest topics in Russia’s mobile and electronic finance industry.