A creative thinker, strategist and technology entrepreneur, Erik is the Founder & CEO of Life Is Hard, an award winning public tech company. His 15+ years experience and a professional background and capabilities in IT, entrepreneurship, management and product development make him an Innovation and Leadership Advocate. Erik has more then 10 years experience in InsurTech, is the founder of 24Broker.ro, the leading SaaS platform for the Romanian Insurance Brokers. Since 2016 is Board Member of Cluj-IT Cluster.
Calin Rangu - Romania
Călin is double licensed in economics and engineering, PhD in neural networks applied in financial series processing, MBA graduate in banking and finance, University Lector at Administration and Political Studies National University, MBA Lector for City University of Seattle. He acted over 15 years as director in Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority, National Bank of Romania, Raiffeisen Bank, and general director of Romanian subsidiary of Raiffeisen Informatik Austria Group. He is president of Romania-Iceland Bilateral Chamber of Commerce. Călin is acting as Director of Business Conduct and Intermediaries Supervision in Romanian Financial Supervision Authority (FSA), previously Director of Consumer Protection Directorate. He is President of the Institute of Financial Studies, Vice-president of EIOPA InsurTech Task Force, Board Member of EFICERT (European Financial Certification Organisation). He has a broad experience in technologies and financial services and products, in management, banking, financial markets, consumer protection, operational risks, etc. He published over 150 articles, and two books, being organizer or speaker in major conferences related to financial technologies, cyber-fares, operational risk management, insurance sector, consumer protection, alternative dispute resolution, financial and banking sectors, or management and processes.
Jovan Popovski – Nord Macedonia
Jovan Popovski, holds B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Univerzitet ‘Sv.Kiril I Metodij’ in Skopje, Macedonia as well as Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. For the last 20 years Jovan has been leading teams and organizations in the IT System Integration area with focus on IT infrastructure and cloud computing as well as IT security solutions. Jovan has been delivering leading and modern IT solutions to a wide spectrum of public and commercial users, service providers and financial institutions. Now Jovan is acting as Sales Director, S&T Macedonia. He regularly participates in the meetings and work of MASIT – Macedonian Association for IT.