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3rd annual Caucasus SME Banking Club Conference

Caucasus SME Banking Club Conference 2017

24-25 May 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia


The Best Speakers

We invite senior bankers and financial gurus across the world who can share best practice and give expert advice



Learn case studies from different financial institutions and get the latest insights


Professional Networking

It is an excellent place to network with industry experts, meet with friends and find new contacts


Time For Your Questions

It's a great occasion to come and listen to speakers, ask your question and get feedback from industry professionals


Innovations and startup banking

Each year SME Banking Club gathers business bankers and SME experts in May in Georgia as to explore some of the key issues facing the region and the industry at the moment. The Conference attracts international speakers from world financial institutions willing to share their views and experience on SME & Business Banking.

Meet industry experts in Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi 7*

Visit startups in the 1st Technology Park

Welcome to Georgia and enjoy beautiful places!






Financial organizations



Management Profile

Who attended last year
  • Board Member

  • CEO

  • Consultant

  • Expert

  • Head of department

  • Head of SME

Country Profile

Where they are from

Ukraine 0

Georgia 0

Belarus 0

Armenia 0

Kazakhstan 0

Other countries 0

Conference Agenda

08:45 – 09:40

Conference opening

Delegates’ registration. Welcome coffee & Networking. Welcome note from organizers.

09:40 – 11:00

Welcome to Georgia

Welcome to Georgia Award: how we support SMEs in tourism. Georgia 2.0: Georgia is becoming an innovative country. The role of commercial banks in SME support – case study from the Bank of Georgia.

Marina Chayka
Avtandil Kasradze
Zurab Masurashvili

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 – 13:10

IFC support in SME segment

Business Academy is an investment to your success. Digital solutions in NFS. Lessons learned. Women Banking, a hype or a reality?

Arsen Melkonyan
Olena Prokopovich
Elena Fesik
Tamar Zhizhilashvili

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch & Networking

14:10 – 16:00

SME banking in digital era

Digital SME banks and new challenges for traditional banks. The digital trends and innovations in the business segment.  The future of branches in the digital era.

Mykola Chumak
Yakov Novikov
Boris Dyakonov

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break & Networking

16:30 – 18:00

SME finance

Lending automation for banks. Green finance

Thomas J. DeLuca
Eugen Metzger

18:00 – 20:00

Cocktail Party & Networking

08:00 – 09:30

Transfer to the Technology Park. Welcome coffee & Networking.

09:30 – 11:30

Startup banking & Non-financial services in SME

Welcome note from Chairman at Georgian Information Technology Agency (GITA). In-site visit in the technology park. Case studies from banks on how they support startups and provide education support to exist SME companies.

Avtandil Kasradze
Julia Kislukhina
Natia Vacharadze

11:30- 11:50

Coffee Break & Networking

11:50 – 13:40

How fintechs and startups can help banks

Lesson learned from startups. Fintech solutions presentations.

Dmitry Zakharov
Dimitris Petrilis
Boris Pogacnik
Bogdan Lypai
Anton Elikov

13:40 – 14:40

Lunch & Networking

14:40 – 15:10

DamuDigital – digital supermarket of government support

Nurlan Akshanov

15:10 – 16:10

Startups speeches

16:10 – 16:30


16:30 – 17:30

Transfer from the Technology Park

10:00 – 23:00

Wine tour to Kakheti

Explore one of Georgia’s most prolific winegrowing regions on this wine tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi. Visit the cellars and gardens of the Tsinandali Winery, gain insight into their winegrowing heritage. The tour will be held in eastern part of Georgia, Kakheti region. This region is main wine producer of the country. You will have the chance to visit various wine cellars to taste unique Georgian red and white varieties of wines which are produced according Georgian clay vessel “Qvevri” technology and as well European style. We will visit one of the most unique cities of Georgia Sighnaghi, known as Town of Love.


IV Caucasus SME Banking Club Conference 2018


Boris Dyakonov

CEO at Tochka Bank, Russia

Yakov Novikov

Co-founder at ModulBank, Russia

Eugen Metzger

Board Member at Ukrgazbank, Ukraine

Marina Chayka

Co-Founder/ CEO at the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards

Avtandil Kasradze

Acting Chairman of GITA, Georgia

Zurab Masurashvili

Head of MSME Banking Department at Bank of Georgia, Georgia

Tamar Zhizhilashvili

Deputy Director of Marketing Communications & Business Banking at TBC Bank, Georgia

Mykola Chumak

Co-founder at IDNT, Ukraine

Elena Fesik

Head of small and micro business at Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine

Julia Kislukhina

Head of KUB project at PrivatBank, Ukraine

Bogdan Lypai

Sales Manager at Infobip, UK

Boris Pogacnik

VP Sales & Operations at Infobip, UK

Dmitry Zakharov

EE & CIS Regional Manager at Clear Junction, UK

Thomas J. DeLuca

CEO at AMP Credit Technologies, UK

Dimitris Petrilis

Head of Sales and Marketing  Europe, Capital Banking Solutions, Switzerland

Olena Prokopovich

Operations Officer at IFC

Anton Elikov

Chief Commercial Officier at Merkata, Russia

Nurlan Akshanov

Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board at "Damu" Entrepreneurship Development Fund, Kazakhstan

Natia Vacharadze

Head of SME Banking at TBC Bank, Georgia

Arsen Melkonyan

Head of Marketing Department at ACBA-Credit Agricole, Armenia

Mariam Rusishvili

Co-founder & CEO at QuickCash

Sponsors & Partners




The registration fee covers participation in the SME Banking Conference, documents, lunches and coffee breaks. Registration fees must be paid in full prior to the event. We reserve the right to refuse entry to any delegate who has not paid his or her invoice prior to the event. We welcome late-bookers, but credit card information must be provided.


The registration fee includes the following paper documents – invoice, contract and act (if necessary), certificate of tax residence (if necessary). For other documents we charge additionally:

  • apostille – 10 EUR per 1 document;
  • charter documents certified by the Organizer – 10 EUR;
  • charter documents with notary certification – 25 EUR;
  • charter documents with translation – 50 EUR;
  • charter documents with translation and notary certification – 100 EUR


All cancellations must be received in writing. A 20% cancellation fee will be charged for all cancellations received on or before 14 working days to the event. The full fee will be charged for cancellations made after that date, as well as to delegates who are unable to attend on the day, unless a substitute delegate is provided. Substitutions are accepted at any time.


All sessions will be held in English and Russian with simultanious translation.


Each participant must pay the cost of his or her accommodation directly to the hotel before departure. You can choose recommended hotels by links mentioned below. An automatic confirmation will be sent by email within 24 hours of your registration. In this email you will find a link to book your accommodation online.



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