Nordic Digital Identity: What can the fintech industry learn?

In this live panel discussion, Sbanken, Arkwright Consulting and Signicat will explore the history of digital identity in the Nordics and what the rest of Europe can learn in order to catch up.

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The Nordic approach to digital identity

If the route forward has already been mapped, there’s no need to find a new the path. The Nordics are generally  recognised as being close to a decade  ahead of the rest of Europe when it comes to digital identity. Originally conceived to make financial services onboarding simple, BankID is now used by almost four million people to sign leases, open secure mail, and even book tanning salon appointments.

With GDPR and PSD2 privacy issues also growing in importance, a digital identity solution is becoming a modern day essential.  In this live panel discussion, we'll explore:

  1. The history of digital identity in the Nordics
  2. Learning points for other European markets
  3. How digital identity can accelerate fintech innovation

Meet the speakers

Christoffer Hernæs, CDO/CTO, SBanken

CDO/CTO at Sbanken and experienced professional from financial services and management consulting. Proven track record from change management and business development in industries where technology has a significant impact on the business model. Leading expert on the digital economy and the future of financial services.

Frank Wunderlich, Director, Arkwright Consulting

Frank Wunderlich works as Director and Partner at the consulting firm Arkwright Consulting in Hamburg. For over 20 years he has been advising top management of banks, payment service providers and technology companies. Main topics are strategy development and implementation, improvement of results, design of operating models as well as partnerships and digitization. Here his main focus is how onboarding processes can be streamlined with help of eIDs throughout Europe. He graduated in industrial engineering and lives in the “world's first cashless society” – Sweden. 

Jon Ølnes, Nordic Product Manager , Signicat

Jon  has more than 25 years’ experience from working with electronic identities (eID), electronic signatures and identity verification services as a researcher, consultant and in both the private and public sector. For the last  two  years he has been driving product development in the Nordics for  Signicat. In addition, for over 20 years he has been heavily engaged in policy-level discussions surrounding  eIDs  in both the Nordics as well as in Europe more broadly. Jon is a central actor defining the EU’s standards within digital signatures and digital trust services, as part of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) Technical Committee onElectronic Signatures and Infrastructures (ESI) 

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 European fintechs  would benefit from  secure and consistent method to onboard, authenticate and sign financial services in their markets.

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