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Registration and welcome coffee



Introduction speech - Mr Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee



Morning welcome - Ms Andrea Karner, Secretary General, CIBP

Presentation - Mr Yann Ranchere, Partner, Anthemis Group



Roundtable 1: Cooperation between Marketplace Lending platforms and cooperative/popular banks in SME financing: the Hybrid Lending opportunity


  • Mr Sander Middendorp, Lead manager Business products, Rabobank
  • Mr Fabian Prystav, Senior Consultant, Innovation and Digitalization, DZ Bank
  • Mr Auke Veenstra, Head of Europe and Global Business Development, Cloud lending solutions
  • Mr Erich Kühnelt, SME finance expert, Austrian Economic Chamber  
  • Mr Juan Mendonza Castro, EESC (Rapporteur on Crowdfunding)
  • Mr Andrea Beltramello, Financial markets, DG FISMA

Moderated by: Mr Yann Ranchere, Partner, Anthemis Group


Key note speech - Ms Astrid Bartels, DG GROW


12.15 Networking lunch  







Afternoon welcome by Mr Geert van der Horst, Secretary General, UNICO Banking Group

Roundtable 2: Innovative SME Financing with EFSI and other EU Financial instruments: experiences and way forward


  • Ms Nina Van Doren, Head of Business Support for Lending Operations, European Investment Bank
  • Mr Juan Echanojauregui, Head of Global Relations with Supranational Institutions, Banco Popular
  • Mr Andrea Benassi, Head of Institutional Relations, ICCREA Banca
  • Mr Michael Ikrath, EESC Member, Former Secretary General of the Austrian Association of Savings Banks

Moderated by Mr Andrea Mogni, EU Senior Financial Expert



Roundtable 3: How is the regulatory framework affecting the role of co-operative banks in financing SMEs? 


  • Mr Volker Heegemann, Head of Legal Department, EACB
  • Mr Gintaras Griksas, Economic Data Analyst, DG FISMA
  • Mr Gerhard Huemer, Director Economic Policy, UEAPME
  • Mr Carlos Trias Pintó, EESC Member

Moderated by Ms Marieke van Berkel, Head of Department, EACB





Final remarks - Mr Hervé Guider, General Manager, EACB


End of the Forum