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Igor Pejic

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Financial tech speaker and corporate innovation strategist

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“Igor's keynote was a great opener for the Payment Festival 2019! It got everyone thinking about payments and innovation and set the perfect stage for the day.”

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Speaker Igor Pejic writes about banking, finance, and is an expert panelist for major tech-driven shifts. He is the author of Blockchain Babel, a Financial Times Business Book of the Month, and he has worked in management positions in banking and payments, most recently as head of marketing at BNP Paribas Personal Finance Austria. As a corporate innovation strategist and keynote speaker, Igor Pejic breaks down blockchain into an easy-to-grasp keynote that engages and informs audiences on the current state of financial tech and its quickly approaching future.

Why book speaker Igor Pejic?

  • He breaks down the buzzwords. As a keynote speaker, Igor Pejic packages his financial tech expertise into an easy-to-understand presentation that focuses on fostering industry knowledge beyond buzzwords and catchphrases.
  • He brings a scholar’s perspective. From his background as a teacher at the University of Vienna, speaker Igor Pejic writes from a practitioner’s view and academic rigor.

Speaker Igor Pejic is an experienced and presenter and frequent expert panelist in subjects such as technological trends, corporate strategy, blockchain, innovation, banking, and payments. He is one of three finalists nominated by the McKinsey and the Financial Times for the Bracken Bower Prize, and the culmination of his blockchain work inspired him to write his critically-acclaimed book, Blockchain Babel.

In addition to holding various management positions in banking and payments, speaker Igor Pejic has spent five years researching blockchain and financial technology. He has delivered more than a dozen keynotes in multiple countries on the subject, and he has published more than 50 articles and designed courses on the blockchain for bankers and non-bankers. Moreover, he was one of the first commentators to suggest that the rise of data giants will become a major competitor to banks.

Based on his background, his writing is at the cusp of the practitioner’s view and academic rigor. He has worked as a management consultant advising Fortune 100 companies and held different management positions in banking and payments, most recently as the Head of Marketing and Product Management at BNP Paribas PF AT. On the other side, he taught at the University of Vienna, from which he also holds three degrees: an MA in English Linguistics, as well as a BA and MA in Journalism. Moreover, he completed an MBA at the WU Executive Academy.

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Vital Strategy Lessons Finance Is Forgetting About Blockchain & DLT

As banks are wrestling to implement blockchain applications to improve back end processes, they must not lose sight of the game-changing potential of the technology. But the change might be different than what doomsayers predict. Speaker Igor Pejic, the author of Blockchain Babel and a banker himself, has analyzed various myths that can lead to fatal strategic blunders. Even if the technology’s final form has not yet materialized, management theory can be a powerful compass to predict where the market is going.

In this session, speaker Igor Pejic will share:

  • What blockchain-strategies financial institutions are pursuing
  • How the blockchain can change business models in finance and open new revenue channels
  • Which challenges are most likely to use blockchain technology to cut into banks’ profit pools and how to counter it, and how to identify the primary audience, decision-makers and experts in the finance and banking industry.
Keynote by speaker Igor Pejic

Trust Machine: How Blockchain Will Transform The Economy And How To Harness It For Your Business

The technology behind cryptocurrencies is truly game-changing, not just for money transactions. From energy production to human identities, algorithmic trust is set to unleash large-scale disruption unseen since the rise of the internet. But what does it mean for your business?

In this keynote, speaker Igor Pejic will answer:

  • Introduction to cryptocurrencies, blockchain, DLT, and smart contracts
  • The dawn of a new techno-economic paradigm, enabled by pervasive and cheap “trust” becoming the new key resource
  • A step-by-step guide on when a blockchain makes sense for your company and which basic type of setup to use
Keynote by speaker Igor Pejic

Tech titans’ foray into the banking world

Finance is the world’s largest industry and thus the ultimate target for Silicon Valley’s giants. Google is teaming up with Citibank, Apple with Goldman Sachs. Facebook has announced the launch of Libra, a new digital currency threatening the US dollar. In China, the likes of Ant Financial and Tencent have long captured the payments realm. The enabler: groundbreaking technology. But can they succeed?

In this session, speaker Igor Pejic will discuss:

  • Why data giants push into finance and their odds of winning
  • Which channels are the most vulnerable and most crucial vectors of attack
  • Which tech titans pose the largest threat
  • What incumbents can do to protect their business
Keynote by speaker Igor Pejic

Understanding banking customers in the digital age

Many incumbent and challenger banks will founder in the coming years; not because they fail with new technology or the latest regulation, but because they can’t grasp the changing nature of customer demands. Hyper-connectivity, platform economics, and new lifestyles make societies rethink money.

In this session, speaker Igor Pejic will discuss:

  • How 21st century technological and social dynamics shape new customer expectations
  • Clear recommendations on how to prioritize products and features
  • Which partnerships make sense, and which ones don’t
  • A guide on how to communicate about banking products, offers, and brands

 

Keynote by speaker Igor Pejic

Ticking time bombs in your organization – legacy systems

Legacy systems have had cataclysmic effects in the past, data breaches, explosions of space shuttles, the financial crisis of 2008, to name a few. Even empires have been brought to their knees by legacy. Yet the world’s financial system still runs on infrastructure from the 1950s. Military secrets are kept on floppy disks. And governments sometimes still rely on paper archives.

In this session for C-level executives and other operational decision-makers, speaker Igor Pejic guides the audience through:

  • What exactly is a legacy system
  • What are the true costs and dangers of legacy
  • When to upgrade a system, when to tear it down and how to combat legacy in technology, processes, people, and customers within your organizations

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    "Igor has spoken at several of our European events and has always been well received as a knowledgeable and articulate presenter. On the subject of blockchain he managed to convey a difficult subject to an interested audience who were given an excellent grounding on which to base their business strategies. I have read his book, which I found useful and fascinating, and know that others at our events have also found it a great way to be introduced to the topic. I expect to see him on the speaking circuit on this subject for many years as he maintains a strong understanding of a fast-moving subject and look forward to seeing him present again."

    John Garrat

    Editor IT Europa

    "Igor Pejic on behalf of PF 19 GmbH and the participants I interviewed in my feedback rounds, all spoke very positively about your freely held keynote with no powerpoints about payments changed. We appreciate the effort you took to prepare! It was highly appreciated by the audience and us as hosts."

    Martin Sprengseis

    Managing Partner Bluesource and Co-Founder Payment Festival

    "Igor Pejic delivered a very engaging keynote on key concepts of blockchain - looking forward to reading his new book 'Blockchain Babel'."

    Chris Goodwill

    Commercial Officer Nexus Open Systems
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    5 out of 5 stars

    “Igor's keynote was a great opener for the Payment Festival 2019! It got everyone thinking about payments and innovation and set the perfect stage for the day.”

    Gerald Gruber, Head of Business Development at bunq See all references

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