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09:15 – 09:45


09:45 – 10:00


10:00 – 11:00

Innovation in fintech & banking


For a quarter-century, the internet has disrupted established businesses and, in the process, created new ways for consumers to interact with firms and with each other. Internet-enabled innovations have lowered costs and expanded choice. Blockchain and crypto currencies are challenging existing structures and are revolutionising the whole industry.

Now innovation is rapidly changing the competitive landscape in financial services. The promise, as with innovation elsewhere, is lower costs, more options and easier access to financial services. But what should the regulatory response be? How is disruptive innovation to be fostered while preserving adequate supervision and financial stability? Should we worry about the growth of ‘shadow banks’, potentially posing a systemic risk but left outside the remit of regulation? How can the EU ensure that the benefits of innovation spread quickly across Europe?


Diego Zuluaga, EPICENTER Director


Ada Jonuse, Co-Founder & CEO, Lympo

Syed Kamall MEP, Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Ilja Laurs, Chairman, Nextury Ventures

Max Von Bismarck, CBO & Managing Director, Deposit Solutions

11:00 – 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:20

Will robots take your job? Innovation in Artificial Intelligence


Most recent economic studies indicate that we are in the early stages of a radical transformation of the economy and employment due to technological innovation, automation, and the wider impact of AI. These developments offer enormous opportunities and also great challenges, with recent analysis arguing that 47 per cent of existing jobs stand to be automated in the coming decades.

How can the EU enable firms to be at the forefront of these innovations? How can we ensure the emergence of a flexible and dynamic workforce, especially at the bottom of the income spectrum? What challenges does automation present to the Single Market and social Europe? Will new technology bring better products and services at lower cost and, as Marx and Keynes hoped, free up time to do more important and meaningful things?



Lydia Wålsten, Director of Communications, Timbro


Bjoern Juretzki, Assistant to the Director, DG CONNECT of the European Commission

Kaja Kallas MEP, ALDE

Ieva Martinkenaite, Vice President Telenor Research, Telenor Group

Mathias Sundin MP, Member of the Swedish Parliament

12:20 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:15

Innovation in food supply


According to the UN, the world’s population is set to rise from 7.4 to 8.1 billion by 2025. There is some scope to increase land for agriculture but increased demand for food is overwhelmingly expected to be met by productivity gains. The agricultural industry was initially slow to adopt new technologies, but new innovations are now coming to market every day, from ankle bracelets on cows to drones monitoring pastural land and even lab-grown beef to address the ever-increasing demand for sustainable protein. Vertical-farming is helping to reduce the environmental impact and is also providing a solution to land shortages.

Businesses are pushing futuristic schemes to help feed the world. How can policy keep up? Do we have a credible plan to feed the world – and if not, who should policy makers listen to? Can environmental sustainability, growing production and efficiency go hand in hand thanks to new technologies? How can Europe ensure it maintains the quality of food whilst embracing new technologies at the same time?



Cecile Philippe, IEM Director


Franc Bogovic MEP, EPP

Joan Casellas, Project Manager, Natural Machines

Eitan Dan, Vice President & COO, CropX

Mickael Mitterrand, Senior Plant Scientist, AeroFarms

Peter Verstrate, Co-Founder & CEO, MosaMeat

14:15 – 15:15

Innovation in health, nutrition and lifestyle


Over the last 100 years our health, and life expectancy, has dramatically increased. A huge part of this has been an improvement in our diet and the quality of the products we consume. We store food better, food lasts longer and we are able to consume many more nutrients. Innovation in the food industry has played a key role in improving our health in the past, but what about the future?

What are the key innovations currently having an impact on our health and the environment? Are companies taking the lead in improving the quality of their products for consumers, reducing the fat and sugar content, or do governments have a role to play? Do people have enough choice regarding what they consume and is enough information about the various products available? Can permissionless innovation replace the precautionary principle to enable faster innovation?



Kate Andrews, News Editor, IEA


Robert Madelin, Chairman, Fipra International

Jorge Gil Martinez, Global Product Development Specialist, AB InBev

Paul Skehan, Senior Director, Pepsi

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, IEA

Tomas Zdechovsky MEP, EPP

 15:15 – 15:30

Closing remarks

 15:30 – 16:30


Networking reception



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