6/12 – Russian-Swiss Scientific Seminar   «The new paradigm of banking in a globalized world – the impact of technology»

Russian-Swiss Scientific Seminar

  «The new paradigm of banking in a globalized world –

the impact of technology»

 Date:             6th December, 2017

Venue:         Senate Hall, St. Petersburg State University of Economics,

canal Griboedova emb., 30-32


  • St Petersburg State University of Finance (FINEC)
  • Non –profit partnership “St Petersburg-London 2003”
  • Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland

with support of the  Embassy of Switzerland in Russia, Consulate General of  Switzerland  in        St Petersburg and State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of  Switzerland.


Seminar curators:

  • Grigory Rozhkov, CEO, “St. Petersburg-London 2003”
  • Dr. Tatjana Nikitina, St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia
  • Dr. Bernhard Koye, Kalaidos University, Zurich, Switzerland

Seminar Description: The paradigms of the financial industry acre changing. Digitalization, Blockchain & Big Data are just three aspects which might drive the change of the business models of banks and even national banks and regulators. The conference aims at sharing views on theses developments from three countries – Finland, Russia and Switzerland. In doing so, it is the aim of the seminar to identify commonalities and key success factors in dealing with theses developments from a multinational perspective. Presentations and workshops will contribute to enable participants to do so.


Target audience: Researchers and professionals from banking and financial sectors, Ph.D. students, lectures and professors, software developers, practitioners from banks responsible for development of organization-innovative infrastructure, other banks and financial institutions representatives, St Petersburg techno-parks and business incubators managers, diplomats, managers of SP based Swiss and international companies.


14.00 – 14.30       Registration and coffee

14.30 – 14.45       Welcoming remarks:

  • Dr. Igor Maksimtsev, Rector, UNECON
  • Roger Kull, Council General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg

14.45 – 15.05       Digitalization of the financial industry – Core aspects and guidelinesDr. Bernhard Koye, Director, Swiss Institute for Financial Training, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

15.05 – 15.25       Legal issues of digital economy, Dr. Nadezhda Kraynova, Dean, Faculty of Law, UNECON

15.25 – 15.45       Blockchain  and Bitcoin – possible effects on banks and national banks, Dr. Aleksander Berentsen, professor, University of Basel

 15.45 – 16.05       Blockchain Technologies – Russian  perspectives, Denis Gorulev, Deputy Head, Department of Banking, Financial Markets and Insurance, UNECON

16.05 – 16.30       Coffee Break 

 16.30 – 16.50       Digital technologies in Russian Banking Sector (Sberbank case), Anatoli Lokotkov, Vice-president, Sberbank North-West Region Branch

 16.50-17.05   Developments in Blockchain in Switzerland from a practical perspective, Reto Gadient, Director, Crypto Valley Forum, Zug.

 17.05 – 17.20       FinTech and Big Data – Game Changes for Banking?,                  Mikhail Bondarevski, Director, Financial Services Development, Luxoft

 17.20 – 17.40       FinTech & InsurTech – Digitization of the Financial Services Industry, Dr. Frederic Kohler, Director, Institute for Finance and Banking Studies, Switzerland

17.40 – 17.55       Modernization of contemporary financial education in digital era, Dr. Tatjana Nikitina, Director, International Centre for Financial Market Research, UNECON

 17.55 – 18.25       Q&A Panel Session

 18.25 – 19.45       Reception and Networking


Seminar languages are Russian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

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