November 17

Day one
Conference Moderated by: Maxim Spiridonov, Co-founder, CEO – “Нетология-групп”

08:30 – 09:30 Welcome Coffee & Registration

Welcome & Introduction


09:30 – 09:40
Ruslan Stecyuk, Member of the Board, First Vice-President, Rietumu Bank

09:40 – 09:50
Mark Andreev, Director, DECTA

Opening Session


09:50 Opening Session: East Meets West

This opening strategic session will focus on how e-commerce markets are developing in Europe and globally, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead, from both business and political perspectives.

09:50 – 10:00
James Wilmott, Programme Director eCom21, Forum Europe

10:00 – 10:10
Daniels Pavluts, Board Member, Latvian Startup Association, Former Minister of Economics, Latvia

10:10 – 10:30
Driving expansion – the role of online payments in cross-border trade
Vladimir Malugin, Regional Director, Chairman, PayPal Russia

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking Break

Money 1 – Innovation in Payments

11:00 – 12:30

The payments landscape is rapidly changing. The ability to send and receive payments in new and innovative ways is driving greater consumer choice and creating new commercial opportunities. This session will gather leading figures from the payments sector, who will explore how the payments eco-system is developing and what this means for the ecommerce sector.

11:00 – 11:15
Yury Ivanov, Director of eCommerce,

11:15 – 11:30
Vesa Tukonen, Country Manager, Finland & Baltics, Visa Europe

Aleksander Magomedov, Chief Commercial Officer, Yandex.Money
Elie Beyrouthy, Director International Regulatory Affairs, Western Union
Liudas Kanapienis, Head of Business Development, Paysera

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

Money 2 – The Future of Cryptocurrencies

13:30 – 14:45

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain more generally, have promised much. However as with any relatively young, disruptive technology, it continues to be in a permanent state of evolution. What is the global outlook for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum? What are the implications for the e-commerce eco-system as more general use of cryptocurrencies grows?

13:30 – 13:45
Victor Dostov, President, Russian Electronic Money Association

13:45 – 14:00
Denis Persanov, Corporate Risk Manager, QIWI

Jon Matonis, Founding Director, Bitcoin Foundation; CEO, Globitex
Pieter Poorthuis, Senior Sales Engineer, Bitpay

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee & Networking Break

Regulatory & Tax Regimes – New rules for a new era?

15:15 – 16:45

Tax evasion and avoidance have become significant political issues over the last 5 years. The OECD is active in exploring how, as European and international economies become increasingly digitalised, tax regimes can be coordinated to ensure a fair playing field. A fully-digital world has the potential to disrupt some of the fundamental assumptions of the international tax system, but what does this mean practically for the business community? What impact will political developments such as the UK deciding to leave the EU have on national corporation tax rates and the extent to which countries will see tax competition as a driver for corporate investment?

15:15 – 15:30
Jaroslav Zamullo, Head of Legal Department, Rietumu Bank

15:30 – 15:45
Arnis Libenzons, Head of e-Commerce Unit, Latvian State Revenue Service

15:45 – 16:00
Jeroen Smit, Managing Director, ChronoPayBV

16:00 – 16:15
Craig James, CEO, NeoPay

The presentations will be followed by an interactive conversation and Q&A


Personal Meetings / Free Time


Evening entertainment

19:00 - 22:00

Melngalvju nams, Rātslaukums 7, Riga, LV-1050


18:30 – 18:50 (Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija –> Melngalvju nams)

23:00 (Melngalvju nams –> Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija)

November 18

Day two
Conference Moderated by: Maxim Spiridonov, Co-founder, CEO – “Нетология-групп”

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Coffee

Parallel Breakout Sessions

09:30 – 10:30

Parallel 1

E-Commerce: Logistics,Payments and Delivery

This session will focus on cross border postal services and business logistics. It will analyse e-commerce businesses are managing their processes, such as supply, orders, fulfilment and payments. Relating to the more general theme of the event, delegates will hear from new market entrants as well as those established businesses, in order to better understand the logistics landscape.

Moderated by: Maurits Bruggink, Secretary General, EMOTA – The European E-Commerce and Omni-Channel Trade Association

09:30 – 09:45
Mark Harrison, Head of Markets, International Post Corporation

09:45 – 10:00
Boris Ovchinnikov, Head of Research, Co-Founder and Partner, Data Insight

Ilya Kretov, Director of Operations and Marketing for Emerging Europe and Africa, eBay
Gunnar Adalberth, Director of Business Development, UPS Access Point

Parallel 2

E-Commerce Start-Up and SME Leadership Session

Being an entrepreneur and building a business can be a lonely pursuit! How can you survive the first years, to develop a sustainable business? What lessons can you learn from people who have built or are in the process of building, sustainable e-commerce related businesses? This leadership session with gather individuals from around Europe and beyond, willing to share their stories, provide insight and guidance, and discuss best practice.

Moderated by: Daniels Pavluts, Board Member, Latvian Startup Association, Former Minister of Economics, Latvia

Sander Gansen, Chief Marketing Officer, Shipitwise
Sergey Kotyrev, CEO, Umi
Kęstutis Gardžiulis, Co-Founder, Business Development Director and former CEO, ETRONIKA
Jevgenijs Novitsky, CEO,
Vytenis Pavalkis, Head of Products, WoraPay
Max Krupyshev, Chief Operating Officer, Cubits

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking break

Talk: Big Data for E-Commerce

11:00 – 11:20

The Power of Data: Leveraging Real-Time Intelligence in e-Commerce

As users move around the internet, transacting across multiple ecommerce vendors and platforms, they leave a trail of data points which make up their digital identity and transaction history. When correlated and analysed this data can give powerful insights to ecommerce vendors looking to improve online conversion rates and drive additional revenue online.

Andrey Kovalev, Subject Matter Expert, ThreatMetrix

The Data Economy: Social Media and Data Innovation in E-Commerce

11:20 – 12:45

Big data and data analytics are redesigning how businesses operate and the value they can create. Utilising data and the insights that can be captured can drive efficiencies, new business models and services. Companies large and small need to begin harnessing the data they hold if they are to remain competitive into the future. How, for instance, is social media changing e-commerce and the payments landscape? How are analytics driving new, deeper insights? This session will look at what options companies have and what the benefits might be.

11:20 – 11:35
Michal Sadowski, CEO and Founder, Brand24

11:35 – 11:50
Vladimir Komissarov, General Manager Russia, European Data Center Operator – DEAC

Yury Ivanov, Director of eCommerce,
Vadim Rumyantsev, Head of Money,
Michael Firulik, Director, Big Data Analytics Solutions,

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

The Sharing Economy: A Threat or an Opportunity?

13:45 – 15:00

Industries with long standing business models are ripe for disruption. From energy to financial services and from car hire to accommodation, the sharing economy is exposing both the weaknesses of existing business models and the power of technology to facilitate new innovative products and services. In this session, we will hear from experts on the sharing economy, who will explain where the opportunities lie for future disruption, what lessons can be learned as to how large businesses have embraced the challenge of the sharing economy, and why the regulatory environment is key to driving innovation.

13:45 – 14:00
Prabhat Agarwal, Deputy Head of Unit, E-Commerce & Platforms, DG Connect, European Commission

14:00 – 14:15
Eugene Dugaev, Member of the Board, Senior Vice-president, responsible for IT and business technology, Rietumu Bank

“In Conversation Session”
The style of the “In conversation” sessions is one which does not ask speakers to talk for 5-10 minutes but goes straight into the debate.

Oliver Reinsalu, Head of Business Development, Bondora
Kostas Rossoglou, Head of EU Public Policy, Yelp
Alexander Pavlov, Investment Partner, ruNet

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee & Networking Break

Cyber Security: Securing the Internet Economy

15:30 – 16:45

As the backbone to all online trade, concerns about the extent to which companies are taking their security seriously are growing. This comes in 2 forms. Firstly, the protection of their customers’ private, often financial, data, and secondly, attacks such as denial of service or malware used to demand a ransom. How can companies engaged in online transactions ensure their security and robustness? What emerging threats are being seen? Can enhanced security be a competitive advantage?

15:30 – 15:45
Christian Chmiel, CEO, Webshield

15:45 – 16:00
Pavel Krylov, Head of Online Payment Protection, Group-IB

Dirk Avau, Founder and CEO, IntellectEU
Andrey Kovalev, Subject Matter Expert, ThreatMetrix
Max Krupyshev, Chief Operating Officer, Cubits


Closing of the Conference

16:45 - 17:00

Personal Meetings / Free Time

17:00 – 19:00

Evening entertainment

19:00 - 00:00

Rīgas mākslas telpa, Kungu iela 3, Riga, LV-1050


18:30 – 18:50 (Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija –> Rīgas mākslas telpa)

23:00 (Rīgas mākslas telpa –> Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija)