Meeting Agenda

Fintech & Logistics:
New Technologies and Markets for SMEs

6-7 JUNE 2019
Sala delle Assemblee, Palazzo Piacentini, via Toledo 177 – 178 Naples – Italy

First Day, Thursday, June 6, 2019  

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 – 10:00

Welcoming remarks and introduction

Sergio Arzeni
President, the International Network for SMEs – INSME
Francesco Guido
General Manager, South Italian Regions, Intesa Sanpaolo 
Michele Geraci
Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development

Panel I – Fintech opportunities for SMEs

This Panel will examine how Fintech can overcome SMEs’ financing challenges and how technology can reshape the market with new players and new solutions.

Panellists will discuss the following issues:

  • To what extent do Fintech-related solutions provide new ways to secure funding for SMEs?
  • Does Fintech require new regulations and policies?
  • Which opportunities may arise for SMEs from this digital wave?
10:00 – 11:30 


Salvatore Zecchini
Former Chairman, OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship


Helmut Eis-Krämer
Chief Economist, Head of Research & Market Analysis, European Investment Fund – EIF
Patrick Meinhardt
President, Foundation of Small and Medium Enterprises & Head of Politics, BVMW The German Mittelstand
Maurizio Casasco
President, Italian Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Industries – CONFAPI
Kris Boschmans
Policy Analyst, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)

Panel II – The wider impact of digitalization on SMEs

This Panel will dig into digital innovations such as blockchain solutions and examine how digitalization is impacting on SMEs and fostering entrepreneurship.

Panellists will discuss the following issues among others:

  • In which way are Fintech innovations (e.g. blockchain, crowdfunding, mobile payments, etc.) reshaping the market?
  • What is the impact of blockchain solutions on SMEs?
11:30 – 13:00


Jay Mitra
Professor, Essex University Business School


Nuno Varandas
Co-founder, F6S
Ayman El Tarabishy
Executive Director, The International Council for Small Business – ICSB
Nava Swersky Sofer
Co-chair, Directors Leading Change

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch

Panel III – Competences and skills in the era of Fintech

This Panel will analyze competences required to support the technological change. It will include discussions on both the company and the human capital sides.

Panellists will discuss the following issues:

  • Which relation between the education system and the business system could guarantee the development of skills and competences needed? 
  • Which are the soft and hard skills needed to master the technological change?
  • To what extent are digitalization and automation a threat for employment or an opportunity for high tech companies?
14:00 – 16:00


Giovanni Zazzerini
Secretary-General, the International Network for SMEs – INSME


Andrea Di Anselmo
Vice-President & Founding Member, META Group
Raimund Broechler
Senior Research & Innovation Manager, Head of Innovation, Services Lab & Factories of the Future Lab, INTRASOFT International
Gaetano Patrimia
Innovation Project Manager, Prima Industrie S.p.A.

Closing remarks
Giuseppe Tripoli, Secretary General, Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce
INSME General Assembly 
Open to INSME Members only
16:00 – 17:00  General Assembly
20:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner (by invitation only)

Second Day, Friday, June 7, 2019 

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

Panel IV – Digitalization and logistics

This Panel will look at how digital innovation can offer effective solutions in logistics and reshape the supply chain.

Panellists will discuss the following issues among others:

  • How can digitalization enhance the customer experience in the logistic sector?
  • How does digital innovation in logistics and supply chains (trading platforms, trade finance, supply chain finance, e-commerce etc.) impact on business?
09:30 – 11:00


Sergio Arzeni
President, the International Network for SMEs – INSME


Captain Samuel Salloum
Co-chairman, Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics-GCEL
Simona Lertora
Managing Director Marketing & Business Development, DHL Express
Andrea Calamai
Area Supervisor, Savino Del Bene SpA
Despina Anastasopoulos
Research & Innovation Manager, INTRASOFT International

Panel V – Logistics for SMEs in the Mediterranean region

This Panel will discuss how supply chains are restructured considering changes in international routes and in international trade flows.

Panellists will discuss the following issues:

  • How will international routes and infrastructures (e.g. Belt and Road Initiative) affect SMEs?
  • How can logistics better support SMEs internationalization and their participation to global value chains?
  • Does the Mediterranean region offer opportunities in terms of FDI, exports, resources ect. for SMEs?
11:00 – 12:30


Massimo Deandreis
General Manager, Italian Research Center for Economic Studies related to Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group – SRM


Carlo Palmieri
CEO, Pianoforte Holding SpA
Hamsa Thota
President, Innovation Business Development – IBD
Mario Mattioli
President, Italian Shipowners’ Association – CONFITARMA

Closing Remarks
Giovanni Zazzerini, Secretary-General, the International Network for SMEs – INSME, Italy
15:00 – 18:00 Naples City Sightseeing Tour
Please note that this is a preliminary programme and therefore is subject to changes.
The 15th INSME Annual Meeting will be held in English. No translation service is foreseen.