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20 May 2015

8:45– 9:15 a.m.

Welcome coffee and registration open

9:15 – 9:40 a.m.

Opening remarks – SWIFT in Poland : The strength of a community

  • Ilona Pouna, Regional Manager, CEE, SWIFT 
  • Grazyna Cheetham, Polish SWIFT National Member Group Chairperson

9:40 - 9:45 a.m.


Welcome address

  • Pawel Tamborski, President of Management Board, Warsaw Stock Exchange

09:45 – 10:10 a.m.

Opening Plenary - Comply, create and innovate: strengthening Warsaw’s position as a financial hub for CEE

How far Warsaw has come on its journey to becoming the financial hub for the CEE countries and how far does it still have to go? In this session, you will gain insight on what is needed to further enable flows of capital both in and out of the market while also learning how Warsaw financial market participants will benefit. 

  • Malgorzata Zaleska, Member of Management Board, Narodowy Bank Polski

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

 SWIFT in your region

The SWIFT2015 strategy set out to grow our core business, expand beyond the core and support our community by reducing total running cost and enabling interoperability Hear from SWIFT about how far we have come on this journey and how the SWIFT2020 strategy will build on SWIFT’s core as a strong foundation for continuing to tackle globally changing political situations, further regulation and cyber threats.

  • Christian Kothe, Head of Central and Eastern Europe, SWIFT
  • Ilona Pouna, Regional Manager, CEE, SWIFT

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 a.m.

Panel – Securities Market Infrastructures

The European securities landscape is continuously changing. With T2S Wave 1 implementation just around the corner and a wave of regulatory change (EMIR, CSDR, MIFID2, MIFIR, etc.) to reckon with, how is the Polish security market navigating the choppy waters of change? What is the impact of European regulations on post-trade infrastructure and securities market players in Poland? How do market players view the role of their Market Infrastructures and to what extent is Poland considered to be a developed market when it comes to its Market Infrastructures? Is CSDR a real game changer for Custodians and CSDs? We will look at T2S in detail, at how much impact that it will have on Poland and on Polish market players and ask ourselves whether Poland has already missed the T2S train. If not, what are its plans to join, and what are the pros and cons? What are the current trends on the Polish securities market and how does the role of foreign securities differ for different market participants? Lastly, what challenges does the Polish capital market face and what should be the way forward?

  • Iwona  Sroka, President of Management Board, Central Securities Depository of Poland
  • Blazej Borzym, Executive Director, Head of Markets Division, PKO Bank Polski
  • Radoslaw Ignatowicz, Head of Group Securities Services and Financial Institutions Poland, Raiffeisen Poland
  • Andrzej Szadkowski, General Manager, BNP Paribas Securities Services Poland
  • Michael Formann, Head of SWIFT Austria (moderator)

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Panel – Payments Market Infrastructures

The payments industry is undergoing again rapid transformation. New regulatory milestones are fast approaching (SEPA, PSD2, 4AMLD) while the expectations of consumers and corporates continue to raise the bar for banks and attract the interest of new entrants.  How will new technologies, standards such as ISO20022, and solutions such as instant payments shape the future of the industry?  This panel will explore and debate questions such as: What are the main payments initiatives taking place in the local PL market today? Compliance is mobilizing so much resources – how and where to find resources to innovate? Many in Europe are talking about instant payments – in Poland the market has implemented solutions.  What can we learn from this implementation? What can new technologies bring to the payment ecosystem?  Do new entrants really have an edge in that space? What is your view on the adoption of ISO20022?  How fast will it happen and what benefit/challenges does it bring?

  • Michal Szymanski, Vice President, KIR
  • Jacek Iljin, Managing Director Retail Banking Sales and Processes, mBank
  • Adam Tochmanski, Head of Payment Systems, Narodowy Bank Polski
  • Pawel Widawski, Director, Payment systems and e-banking, Polish Bank Association
  • Thierry Chilosi, Head of Market Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT (moderator)

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee break

3:30– 4:30p.m.

Spotlight on Compliance

With the focus on financial crime compliance greater than ever, the profile of the compliance function has never been higher. The regulators continue to raise the bar when it comes to fighting financial crime and financial institutions are required to implement more and more watertight know your customer (KYC) procedures and sanctions compliance capabilities. Does increased visibility and authority make the compliance job harder or easier? After record levels of investment in compliance, are monitoring capabilities up to scratch, or are there still gaps to be filled? What is emerging as best practice in terms of technology solutions for compliance? From an operational standpoint, how big is the challenge becoming, and what can the banks do to meet their compliance obligations in the most effective and efficient way?

  • Joanna Grynfelder, Head of Compliance, Bank Alior
  • Julien Laurent, KYC/AML specialist, SWIFT
  • Thierry Chilosi, Head of Market Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT (moderator)

4:30– 4:45 p.m.

Closing Plenary 

This session will provide a synopsis of the insights that have emerged from the forum. Summarizing the dialogue and feedback exchanged during the event, the closing plenary will address tangible actions we can take as a community going forward.

4:45- 6:00 p.m.