WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

Innovation in Banking
UniCredit session

Al-Harannah 5,
Level 1

Traditional banking faces many challenges – not only the fast-changing business environment and digital landscape, but also the need to constantly improve the customer experience. Innovation today is seen as vital for banks to keep up, remain relevant and maintain their market position. Join us for a panel discussion where, together with representatives of some of the leading innovators in the banking world, we will explore this topic in depth. What is the current status of innovation in banking? How can we integrate new and innovative technologies within financial services? What challenges and opportunities does ´being innovative´ bring and what are the trends going forward?

Moderator

Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking, UniCredit

Speakers

Joze Lenic

President of the Management Board, Abanka d.d.

Giovanni Luigi Lucini

Head of CEE CIB Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Planning, UniCredit

Zeki Onder

Executive Vice President, Sekerbank T.A.S

Gonca Yılmaz Çetin

Group Head, Correspondent Banking and Credit Analysis, Denizbank

Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking, UniCredit

Andrea started his career in 1998 at Commerzbank AG, Milan Branch, in the Structured Finance department. He joined UniCredit in 2000 as Vice President in the Financial Sponsor Solutions team in Italy. Since then he has strongly contributed to the growth of the Financial Sponsor Solutions franchise. In April 2012 he took over the position of Head of Financial Sponsor Solutions Austria; CEE at UniCredit Bank Austria AG, where he stayed until March 2015. In April 2015 Andrea was appointed as Head of Financing CEE at UniCredit Bank Austria AG, responsible for the financing business line in the region. One and a half year later, in September 2016, he took over the position of Head of Corporate and Investment Banking and Private Banking in CEE, with responsibilities for the corporate and private banking businesses in the region. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board at AO UniCredit Bank, Russia, UniCredit Bank Czech Republic; Slovakia and UniCredit Bank Hungary.

Joze Lenic

President of the Management Board, Abanka d.d.

Jože Lenič has been President of the Management Board (CEO) of Abanka since 2011. He has more than 15 years of management and leadership experience. Previously, he was Partner at a private insurance brokerage house, Axum Insurance. Between 2003 and 2005, he was the CEO of the largest Slovenian insurance group, Zavarovalnica Triglav. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as President of the Capital Fund, a state-owned asset management company. Jože Lenič was also elected Member of Slovenian Parliament in the period 1993-1999 and sat as MP on Finance, Infrastructure and International Relations Committees of the Parliament. Before that he was a President of Executive council of Municipality of Domžale. Jože Lenič has extensive experience in serving as a member of supervisory boards in different banks and companies. He holds a Masters in International Economics from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana.

Giovanni Luigi Lucini

Head of CEE CIB Strategy, Innovation & Commercial Planning, UniCredit

Giovanni started his career in 2000 at Arthur D. Little Inc., Milan Branch, as management consultant. Giovanni focused, since the beginning, on Financial Institutions and on innovation/technological topics. He moved to McKinsey Company Inc. in 2007, keep focusing on Financial Institutions, Private Equity and Market Infrastructure Providers. He supported multiple prominent institutions in EMEA, taking a leading role in McK Risk Management Practice as Associate Principal. He joined UniCredit in 2015 in his current role. Since then, he has strongly contributed to shape and execute multiple strategic initiatives, with a focus on innovative Group-wide projects in corporate area, fully leveraging on big data technologies. He is also leading the transformation of Commercial Planning to exploit opportunities deriving from advanced analytics. He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board at Unicredit Leasing in Baltics.

Zeki Onder

Executive Vice President, Sekerbank T.A.S

 

Mr. Önder has been with SEKERBANK since 2002 as Executive Vice President in charge of International Banking. He is a member of the Executive Committee and holding board membership positions in subsidiaries of Şekerbank. He has led various strategy and restructuring projects in order to develop the current successful business plan of the bank. He began his banking career in 1991 and worked for various Turkish banks at managerial and executive levels. Mr. Önder is a graduate of California State University - Sacramento with Major in International Business and Marketing; Minor in Economics. He has articles published in various international publications on Turkish Banking and Finance.

Gonca Yılmaz Çetin

Group Head, Correspondent Banking and Credit Analysis, Denizbank

Senior Vice President  Correspondent Banking and FI Credit Analysis Gonca Yilmaz Cetin heads Denizbank’s Correspondent Banking and FI Credit Analysis Business under Financial Institutions Group. She started her banking carreer at former OYAK Bank as a Management Trainee in 2002 where she served as a Commercial Banking client representative and as an Area Manager at FI until 2008.  After serving 2 years at Aktif Bank as an FI Area Manager, she joined DenizBank in 2010.  Born in 1980, Gonca Yilmaz Cetin is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU), Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration.