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Marite Silava

Innovation and Collaboration Lead at Swedbank

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With over 8 years of experience in the financial industry, Marite covers both sides of Swedbank’s road to purpose-driven innovation – on one end working with the fintech community and from the other – driving internal innovation capabilities within the bank for its 15’000 employees.

Marite oversees two co-creation spaces, DoBe and Rockit, where Swedbank hosts promising fintech companies in Latvia and Lithuania and runs events around technology and banking trends for more than 10’000 participants yearly. In collaboration with Startup Wise Guys, she has helped create the first fintech accelerator in the Baltics, which has graduated 3 batches as of 2020.

The main driver of communication activities for Swedbank’s Open Banking platform, she works with a network of over 3500 developers eager to connect to the bank’s 7 million customers.

As an advocate for banking and fintech collaboration and development of Nordic and Baltic tech ecosystems, she speaks at events and mentors both startups and corporates in the space on effective collaboration.