2016 Forum

This was our Agenda for the 2016 V Ukrainian Banking Forum. CIS bankers is the leader in banking conferences in the region and best known for its relevance in speakers and topics.

Day 1: Thursday 20 October

08:30 – 09:30  Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 11:30  Session 1: Ukrainian Banking Sector Outlook

The traditional opening of the Ukrainian Banking Forum starts with an outlook of the banking sector. Moody’s will present their latest research and credit outlook and the National Bank of Ukraine will provide an update for their perspective. We will also discuss recent regulatory developments and Ukraine’s position in the regional and global financial markets.

During an interactive round table discussion with current and former bankers and politicians we will look at what has been achieved so far and what challenges are still ahead of us on our road to recovery and stability.

SovgyraUkrainian Banking Sector Outlook
by Yaroslav Sovgyra
Associate Managing Director

Review of Successful Bank Related Court Cases in Various Judiciary Practices in 2016
by Eugene Artyukhov
Senior Partner

SologubUpdate from the National Bank
by Dmytro Sologub
Deputy Governor
National Bank of Ukraine

Discussing The Relationship Between Lending & GDP and the possibilities of Government Funded Lending Programs in Ukraine

BudkinUkrainian Banking Sector 2020 – An Update
by Sergey Budkin
Managing Partner

“What I predicted last year? What actually happened? My predictions for the next 5 years.”


Round Table – The Road Ahead & How to Restart Lending
– Dmytro Sologub, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine
– Yaroslav Sovgyra, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s
– Sergey Budkin, Managing Partner, FinPoint

Moderator: Tamas Hak-Kovacs, CEO, OTP Bank Ukraine

11:30 – 12:00  Coffee Break

12:00 – 14:00  Session 2: SME Banking

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are critical for the economic and social development of Ukraine. They play a major role in creating jobs and generating income for low income people; they foster economic growth, social stability, and contribute to the development of a dynamic private sector. As such, access to financial services is vital in developing a vibrant SME sector in Ukraine, however, access to financial services for SMEs remains severely constrained. Topics to be addressed include:

– SME Lending in Ukraine
– SME Credit Assessment
– SME and Digital
– Ukraine and Financial Literacy

AcunerEBRD initiatives and support to Ukrainian SME Development
by Sevki Acuner
Country Director Ukraine

KossmannSuccesses and failures of SME banking in Ukraine over the last 10 years
by Robert Kossmann
Deputy CEO, Head of Retail Banking
Raiffeisen Bank Aval

Free Agro Land Market to Boost SME Lending
by Svitlana Niskoklon
Head of SME Business
Piraeus Bank

ShagidzeBest Practices in SME Banking in Georgia
by Giorgi Shagidze
TBC Bank (Georgia)

Round Table

– Svitlana Niskoklon, Head of SME, Piraeusbank
– Sevki Acuner, Country Director Ukraine, EBRD
– Robert Kossmann, Deputy CEO, Raiffeisen Bank Aval
– Giorgi Shagidze, CFO, TBC Bank Georgia

Moderator: Vasyl Gorbal, Former MP and Former Supervisory Board NBU

14:00 – 15:00  Lunch Break


15:00 – 17:00  Session 3: Best Practices from Around the World

This session sees the return of 2 sponsors we worked with in 2012-13, the Retail Banking Academy and IE Business School, currently ranked #1 in the world for their executive Master’s programs. Best Practices from Around the World will feature several relevant topics for Ukraine’s banking sector including Ethical Banking, Leadership Development and Regaining Customer Confidence. We will also look at Information Technology and how that has helped other banks to deliver on a winning strategy.

kriekPokemon GO or Pokemon GONE? Gamification and Banking
by Morten Kriek
Founder and CEO
Yonemo & CIS bankers

Hunter-JordanCulture is Everything in Banking – The cross selling conundrum and lessons from the Wells Fargo Crisis
by Evelyn Hunter-Jordan
Retail Banking Academy (United Kingdom)


MASTER CLASS: Positive Leadership to Improve Workplace Behaviour (1 hour)
by Norman Kurtis
Vice-Dean, Behavior & Human Development
IE School of Human Sciences & Technology (Spain)

17:00 – 19:00  Networking Cocktail

Day 2: Friday 21 October

08:30 – 09:30 Welcome and Coffee

09:30 – 11:30  Session 4 – Banks v Fintech

After a record year for fund raising, large fintech companies are now emerging in marketplace lending and payments, with many more newcomers deploying venture capital money raised in $25 million to $50 million chunks to transform capital markets and traditional banking mainstays such as mortgage lending. The fintech start-ups are building revolutionary applications for blockchain, attacking every specialist niche in the financial world and keeping the image of fintech clean with business ventures aimed at inclusion. What does this mean for Ukraine?

DubiletPapka24.com.ua, Privat’s New Service
by Dmitriy Dubilet
Deputy CEO

macariIntellect Internet Banking & Mobile Banking HUB – Expand Your Business with Minimum Investments
by Oleg Macari
FBS-Group (Moldova)


tabachnikovFlashPay: How Banks Can Realize Their FinTech Potential
by Aleksandr Tabachnikov
Head of Supervisory Board
Bank Familniy

sologub-romanBanks v FinTech…. What About Cyber Security?
by Roman Sologub
General Manager
ISSP Ukraine


Round Table
– Volodymyr Mudryi, Deputy CEO, OTP Bank Ukraine
– Elena Shostak, Head of Retail Banking, VTB Bank Ukraine
– Galyna Zhukova, Deputy CEO, Credit-Agricole
– Konstantin Lezhnin, Deputy CEO, UkrSibbank

11:30 – 12:00  Coffee Break

12:00 – 14:00  Session 5: From Poland with Love

Poland’s banks have fully embraced technology and innovation. More than half of retail banking consumers use online banking, compared to the EU average of less than 40%. Poland is Europe’s leader in contactless card payments. Poland’s banks and bankers have landed many prestigious awards for their innovation strategies in recent years. The embrace of innovation by the Polish banks is set to continue with the country’s banking sector remaining highly competitive having plenty of digital disruptors like Getin Bank vying to take market share. What lessons can we learn from the Polish success stories that can be applied to the Ukrainian market.

KaczmarekWhat Ukrainian Banking Can Learn From Polish Banks?
by Piotr Kaczmarek
Executive President
Getin Holding S.A.

What does DIGITAL mean to Getin? Recent Implementations and Case Studies.

rubajDigital Dream & Cash Reality
by Sebastian Rubaj
Deputy CEO
First Ukrainian International Bank

zawadaHow increase the bank customers’ engagement by using lead generation and multichannel communication?
by Magdalena Zawada
Director of Strategy & Expansion

badowskaand Katarzyna Badowska
Deputy Director of Client Service
SARE (Poland)

Round Table
– Piotr Kaczmarek, Executive President, Getin Holding S.A.
– Rafal Juszczak, CEO, Alfa-bank Belarus
– Sebastian Rubaj, Deputy CEO, First Ukrainian International Bank
– Tomasz Wisniewski, Deputy CEO, First Ukrainian International Bank

14:00 – 15:00  Lunch Break

15:00 – 18:00  Session 6: The Small Bank Debate


Since the start of CIS bankers back in 2011 we have not seen small banks in Ukraine under as much pressure as they are today. The image above shows that more than 80 banks have been closed under the new rulers of the National Bank of Ukraine and it seems we have not seen the end of it just yet. So what does the future hold in store for small banks? Mergers, acquisitions? Developing into niche segments? This and more we will discuss in the closing session of our Forum.


bvezSimplified M&A Process: A Proposal from the National Bank
by Olexandr Bevz
Deputy Director of Licensing and Registration Dept.
National Bank of Ukraine

by Mikhail Burkeev

BudkinWhy Consolidation and Mergers in UA Banking Will Not Work
by Sergey Budkin
Managing Partner


Why Consolidation and Mergers in UA Banking is a Must
by Vladislav Rashkovan
SD Capital

Round Table
– Olexandr Bevz, Deputy Director of Licensing and Registration Dept., National Bank of Ukraine
– Olga Dolzhenko, CEO, Bank Familniy
– Vladislav Rashkovan, Partner, SD Capital
– Mikhail Burkeev, CEO, Industrialbank
– Alla Komisarenko, CEO, Concord Bank

Moderator: Sergey Budkin, Managing Partner, FinPoint

18:00 – 22:00  Networking Cocktail