Open Talks San Francisco

11 April, 2018

Discovering Curiosity

11 April, 2018

8:00 am / 5:30 pm

About the event

In this new era of exponential growth, the curiosity to discover new opportunities is breaking boundaries.

Whether founding a startup or exploring a universe of expanding possibilities, entrepreneurs have the inquisitiveness and drive to develop new fintech trends. And this is the same energy that enables forward-thinkers to innovate within big companies.

With this spirit, Open Talks returns to San Francisco for an interactive and dynamic event filled with keynotes, demos, fireside chats and more. Hear from world-class panels of international fintech experts and successful entrepreneurs who’ll be providing priceless advice to early-stage firms, and actionable insights for every attendee.

Don’t miss this exclusive event and the opportunity to have real-time mentoring on topics such as Responsible AI, Digital KYC and Open Innovation, and many more exciting fintech developments.

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  • 8:00
    Check-in & morning mingle over breakfast

  • 9:00

    Derek White (BBVA)

  • 9:25
    Discovering Curiosity

    David Lang (OPENROV)

  • 9:45
    Seed to Scale

    Lisa Gansky (Mesh Ventures) moderator, Derek White (BBVA) & Pete Hartigan (Marketplace Funds)

  • 10:15
    The Irresistibility of Inclusion

    Didem Baser (Garanti Bank) moderator, Wahleah Johns (Renewable Energy), Sam Siegel (Tala) & Alexandra Jayeun Lee (Civic Design Lab)

  • 10:45

  • 11:05
    Connecting to the core: Success case

    Yaniv Levi (Change) & Alex Carriles (BBVA Compass)

  • 11:15
    Open Innovation in big corporations

    Ainhoa Campo (BBVA) moderator, Ian Ormerod (BBVA), Dave Marvit (Fujitsu Open Innovation) & Amy Johns (SalesForce)

  • 11:35
    Curiosity in the cuisine: beyond desserts

    Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca)

  • 12:20

    Including International Village & OT Hall of Fame


  • 1:55
    International Panel

    Ryan Gilbert (Propel) moderates, Matthew Unger (iComply - Canada), Karen Li (PingPong - Luxembourg), Kevin Reynolds (Scottish Development International), Michal Kaczmarski (InvestHK) & Jose Antonio Rosello Bas (Trade Commission of Spain)

  • 2:25
    Connecting to the core: Success case

    Cristina de la Peña (Synapbox) & Daniel Serra (BBVA Bancomer)

  • 2:35
    Who’s programming our future: data, algorithms & ethics

    Elena Alfaro (BBVA) moderator, Misha Esipov (Nova Credit), Kiran Jain (Neighborly) & Ashkan Soltani (Independent Researcher and Consultant)

  • 3:05
    Curiosity Driven Organization

    Alvaro Martín (BBVA) moderator, Sam Maule (11FS) & Karen Little (Kiva)

  • 3:35

  • 3:55
    The essential piece

    Lisa Gansky (Mesh Ventures) & Nathan Shedroff (Seed Vault Ltd)

  • 4:15
    Squinting toward the future

    Natalie Foster (Economic Security Project)

  • 4:35
    Thank you and wrap up

    Marisol Menéndez (BBVA)

  • 4:45
    Evening networking


Derek White

Global Head of BBVA Customer & Client Solutions | BBVA

Elena Alfaro

Global Head of Data & Open Innovation | BBVA

Marisol Menéndez

Head of Open Innovation | BBVA

Lisa Gansky

| Mesh Ventures

David Lang

Co-Founder | OPENROV

Alejandro Carriles

Director of Mobile and Online Banking | BBVA COMPASS

Natalie Foster

Co-founder of Economic Security Project and advisor to the The Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative

Jordi Roca

Exchanging Senses | Celler de Can Roca

Misha Esipov

Co-Founder & CEO | Nova Credit Inc.

Álvaro Martín Enríquez

Lead Economist for Digital Regulation and Trends | BBVA Research

Pete Hartigan

Co-founder & Managing Partner | Marketplace Funds

Alexandra Jayeun Lee

Creative Director | The Civic Design Lab

Kevin Reynolds

Vice President of Financial Services | Scottish Development International

Michal Kaczmarski

San Francisco-based Fintech manager | InvestHK

Karen Li

Head of Operations | PingPong Global Solutions

Sam Siegel

Chief of Staff to the CEO | Tala

Jose Rosello

Leader of the Investments Area | Trade Commission of Spain in New York

Matthew Unger

Founder and CEO | iComply Investor Services Inc.

Kiran Jain

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel | Neighborly

Didem Dincer Baser

Head of Business Development | Garanti Bank

Karen Little

Senior Director of Development | global microfinance non-profit Kiva

Yaniv Levi

Founder | Change Labs

Ainhoa Campo

Co-Head | Open Innovation

Dave Marvit

VP Data Driven Health Care | Fujitsu Laboratories of America

Ian Ormerod

Head of New Digital Business | BBVA

Cristina de la Peña

CEO | Synapbox

Daniel Serra

Product Owner | BBVA Bancomer

Sam Maule

Managing Partner, North America | 11:FS

Ashkan Soltani

Independent Researcher and Technologist

Nathan Shedroff

Executive Director | Seed Vault Ltd

Waleah Johns

Founder | Native Renewables

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