Mobile Digital Payments: the end for cards? New directions from a messy playing field

The digital revolution doesn’t just stop at the classical payment card. On the contrary: Mobile Digital Payment solutions providing a new way of convenience, that makes payment processes much leaner – and even smarter.

 Is this the end for cards? The panel will dig deeper on this question and discuss how new forms of payment will open new horizons for cardholders as well as for corporates and merchants. Participants represent different players from the payment industry, classical as well as new ones, and all have their view on how the payment solutions play field may be divided in the upcoming years between them. Will there be room for all of them?

  • the difference between mobile digital payments and classical card payments –
  • what change will this bring for cardholders – corporate customers – merchants
  • New players: what are they providing, what makes the difference? What is the success factor to enter the payment market?
  • Classical providers: Experience is still key – why? How to bring this to the market?
  • Forms of cooperations: benefits for both parties?


Speaker Bios

Joachim V. Brockmann has been Executive Director Marketing (CMO) of AirPlus International since June 2015. He came to AirPlus in 2001 as Associate Director Strategic Business Development, then joined Cooperation Management. Brockmann transferred to Hong Kong as Executive Director Business Development Asia Pacific where from 2004 to 2006 he played an essential role in AirPlus’ entry into the Chinese market. Back in Germany, he assumed the position of Director Global Solutions where he developed AirPlus’ Global Reach strategy. Another station in Brockmann’s career at AirPlus was that of Director AirPlus Purchasing Card. From 2012 onward he worked in the Marketing Division as Director Strategic Marketing. Brockmann started his professional career in diverse marketing and sales functions at Goldwell and was Vice President Data Management at Deutsche Telekom AG.

Zilvinas Bareisis is a Senior Analyst at Celent, global research and advisory firm specialising in Financial Services. His research focuses on payments, covering a broad range of topics, from cards to digital payments to emerging technologies such as Blockchain. Zilvinas is a regular speaker, chairman, and panel moderator at the leading payments industry events and has been widely quoted in the press. He joined Celent from Oliver Wyman where as a management consultant he has been advising senior executives at the leading financial institutions around the world on strategic issues. Zilvinas has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and MSc in Applied Mathematics from Kaunas University of Technology.

Thomas Harris leads the European Commercial Products team for MasterCard based in London. His team is responsible for the development, deployment, and management of Commercial Payment solutions targeted at the SME, T&E, B2B and Public Sector segments. Prior to this role, Thomas spent the past 14 years working in the United States focusing on the payments industry. He joined MasterCard in 2007 and has held a variety of roles including the management of the U.S. Middle Market segment, addressing the needs of organizations with $5 million to $1 billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining MasterCard, Thomas managed spend optimization programs for the OPEN business unit at American Express and held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility at Citigroup. His experience at Citigroup included customer acquisition, portfolio management, new product development, and business development. Mr. Harris holds a BA and MA from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.

Bastian is Co-Founder and Head of Innovation of orderbird, a Berlin based start-up. orderbird ( is an award-winning iPad Point of Sale system for the hospitality industry. orderbird was founded in 2011 by Jakob Schreyer, Bastian Schmidtke, Patrick Brienen and Artur Hasselbach with the goal of establishing a more affordable and intuitive POS system that fits the real needs of the modern catering industry. The fast-growing company is currently home to more than 80 employees. More than 3,000 customers — restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, ice cream shops and beer gardens — in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland are already using the orderbird POS system.

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