Women in Fintech and AI II Conference

September 21st – 22nd 2022
Tirana, Albania
(hybrid event)


Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, FEUT
COST Action CA19130 FinAI – Fintech and Artificial Intelligence in Finance – Towards a Transparent Financial Industry

Short Program:

September 21

14.00 – 15.00 Registration of participants

15.00 – 15.30 Welcoming Speech

15.30 – 17.00 Session 1: Fintech: challenges and opportunities – Ongoing COST projects I

Moderator: Professor Galena Pisoni, University of Cote D’Azur
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Alessandra Tanda, “Gender differences in the knowledge and use of Fintech products: is there a role for transparency?” pdf
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Barbara Bedowska-Sojka, “Editorial boards of finance journals: gender and social connectedness” pdf
– Prof. Ass. Dr. Albulena Shala, “The Challenges of FinTech in the Western Balkans” pdf
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Belma Ozturkkal, “A review and bibliometric analysis on Venture Capital”
– Discussion on possible synergies for future projects

17.00 – 17.30 Coffee Break

17.30 – 19:00 Session 2: Fintech: challenges and opportunities – Ongoing COST projects II

Moderator: Professor Joerg Osterreider, University of Twente, Netherlands and Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Maria Iannario, “The assessment of financial knowledge and the treatment of “don’t know” responses by a Multidimensional Latent Mixed Models for panel data”
– Dr. Olivija Filipovska, “Determinants of SDG-oriented banking in North Macedonia”
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Esra Kabaklarli, “Impact of FinTech on Banking Industry” pdf
– Prof. Assoc. Dr. Luciana Dalla Valle, “Data Integration and Graphical Models for Cryptocurrencies” pdf
– Dr. Alberto Citterio, “Esg and digital banking”

Social Dinner

September 22

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.30 – 10.00 Welcoming Speech
Prof. Dr. Dhori KULE, Dean, Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana

10.00 – 10:45 Session 1: Academic curricula and research with a focus on FinTech – offering the young generation a qualitative education.

Moderator: Professor Fatmir Memaj, Deputy Dean, University of Tirana, and Director of Albanian Socio Economic Think Tank
– Prof.Assoc.Dr. Dorina Kripa, Head of Finance Department “Modernising the finance curricula and offering students adequate knowledge on FinTech”
– Prof. Assoc.Dr. Nevila Baci, Head of Statistics and Business Informatics Department, “Bridging the gap between ICT and Economy: the role of university”
– Prof. Dr. Ingrid Shuli, Head of the Accounting Department and the Coordinator of LetSGEPs Horizon 2020 project University of Tirana, “Challenges of introducing curricular changes for breakthrough ideas”

10.45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Session 2: CEO Women in Fintech, Best Practices and Challenges for Women in Fintech. Bridging academia with industry. pdf

Moderator: Professor Albulena Shala, University of Pristina “Hasan Prishtina” and Mrs Jonida Këllezi, Easy Pay Albania

  • Mrs. Linda Shomo, CEO of EasyPay, Albania
  • Hanna Kristín Skaftadóttir, CFO/COO of mojoflower.io, Iceland
  • Magda Săndulescu, Executive Director of RoFin.tech (Romanian Fintech Association)
  • Alina Luchian, Territory Manager – Education and Academic – Romania & Adriatics
  • Aneida Bajraktari Bicja, Co-Founder & CEO – Balkans Capital; Sabi Osmani, CEO & Founder Easy Albania

12.30 – 13:30 Light Lunch

13.30 – 15:00 Session 3: Woman in Fintech Datathon pdf

Moderator: Professor Maria Iannario, University of Naples, Federico II

– Women in Fintech Datathon: a look into the Global Findex database to investigate gender diversity in financial inclusion?
– Presentations of the three best groups of students projects
– Decision of the Jury on the first and second prize.

15:00 Closing remarks, discussion

This event will be hybrid and the main conference event will also be recorded.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Location: Faculty of Economics, University of Tirana, Rruga e Elbasanit, Tirana, Albania


COST FinAI Program committee:

Rezarta Shkurti, University of Tirana,
Albulena Shala, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”
Joerg Osterrieder, University of Twente, Netherlands and Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Barbara Będowska-Sójka, Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu
Maria Iannario, University of Naples Federico II
Codruta Mare, Babes-Bolyai University
Alessia Paccagnini, University College Dublin
Galena Pisoni, Université Côte d’Azur
Alessandra Tanda, University of Pavia
Claudia Tarantola, University of Pavia
Valentin Toçi, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”

Local Scientific Committee:

Prof. Dr. Dhori Kule, DEAN, FEUT
Prof. Dr. Fatmir Memaj, Deputy Dean, FEUT
Prof. Asoc.Dr. Rezarta Perri, FEUT
Prof. Dr. Dorina Kripa, FEUT
Prof.Asoc. Adriatik Kotorri, FEUT
Prof.Asoc. Llesh Lleshaj, FEUT    
Prof.Asoc. Nevila Baci, FEUT    
Prof.Asoc. Ezmolda Barolli, FEUT
Prof.Asoc. Eglantina Zyka, FEUT

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation. www.cost.eu