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Head of Unit Retail, Financial Services and Payments, DG FISMA | European Commission
Ralf Jacob is a German national who joined the European Commission in 1989 after having studied economics and politics in Hamburg, Paris and London. Since January 2017, he leads the unit dealing with retail financial services and payments in the Commission's Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. His unit is in charge of legislation on payments (payment services and e-money directives, SEPA regulation) and consumer finance (mortgage credit and payment accounts directive) and coordinates the implementation of the Commission's action plan on consumer financial services
Programme Coordinator, Standardization Bureau, ITU
Vijay Mauree joined the ITU headquarters in Geneva, in 2010. He is currently the main focal point for Digital Financial Services at the ITU. He has coordinated the work of the ITU-T Focus Group Digital Financial Services, which completed in December 2016 and published 28 reports and some 84 policy recommendations. He is currently coordinating the work of the ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency and the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) which is a joint programme of the ITU, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements and the Gates Foundation. He was previously responsible for the implementation of projects under Bridging the Standardization Gap programme and undertaking research for production of Technology Watch reports. He published four Technology Watch reports on Optical networks, Smart Water Management, Privacy in the Cloud and Mobile Money. Vijay received his first degree in Computer Science with Electronic Engineering from University College London, UK and obtained his Masters degree in Information Technology from Imperial College, Science and Technology, UK. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in UK.
Head of Ecommerce Channels | ANT Financial
Yimei is a senior professional expertise in international e-commerce and financial services. She has more than a decade experience with a focus in payment network development in Europe and Asia pacific. She is the head of the ecommerce channel partnerships in Alipay. She is responsible for the international payments strategy and payment channels development for Alibaba’s group business unites, such as Aliexpress.com, Alibaba.com, Alibabacloud.com, Tmall.com etc. Prior to Alipay, Yimei worked at Ingenio ePayments and was responsible for setting up payment network for the APAC and US region. Yimei has received her MBA at the Hague University in 2005.
Deputy Director General of the Market Infrastructure and Payments Directorate at the European Central Bank
Mehdi Manaa is Deputy Director General of the Market Infrastructure and Payments Directorate at the European Central Bank. Previously he headed the Market Infrastructure Development Division. Working at the European Central Bank since 2007 Mehdi has been involved in the T2S Programme from its inception and held the role as T2S Programme Manager. Formerly, he occupied managerial and advisory positions in the private sector in the field of market infrastructure services.
Practice Head, Geo-technology Eurasia Group
Paul S. Triolo leads the firm's newest practice, focusing on global technology policy issues, cybersecurity, internet governance, ICT regulatory issues, and emerging areas such as automation, AI/Big Data, ambient intelligence, and fintech/blockchain. He is building a cross-issue and cross-regional team that helps clients understand and assess the risk generated by the complex intersection of politics, technology innovation, security threats, and the changing global regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Paul served in senior positions within the US government for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on China's rise as a science and technology (S&T) and cyber power. He provided analytic support to the president and senior policymakers, and was the lead drafter for a number of widely acclaimed national estimates on China S&T innovation and industrial policies, as well as cyberspace issues. Paul's technical background, including a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and work experience in Silicon Valley, along with his extensive work on internet governance and policy issues in government, have prepared him to tackle the substantial challenges companies will face in cyberspace. Paul is a China Digital Economy Fellow (non-resident) at New America. He is also an avid early adopter of all sorts of green and information technologies and platforms, and has been the family chief technology officer for some time.
Head of Western & Central Europe at SWIFT
Saskia is Head of Western and Central Europe (WCE) at SWIFT, managing SWIFT’s business across this region via a network of local offices in six of its key markets. Appointed to this role in September 2017, she is responsible for key client relationships and business development. The sales areas in WCE are responsible for supporting clients from across the banking, investment management and corporates space as they adapt to the rapidly changing financial services environment.
Saskia joined SWIFT in 2006 as Senior Account Director. In 2012 her responsibility was extended to include management of SWIFT’s French business. In 2015 she took over as Head of Western Europe and in September 2017, the region was extended to include parts of Central Europe.
Saskia’s varied career has covered many different product management and commercial roles, including at Synstar International and Sterling Software. In 1999 she joined MasterCard, first as Product Manager and later she took the responsibility of Global Account Management.
Saskia has a deep understanding of the financial services industry across Europe and beyond, with a keen eye on the industry’s defining trends, including the new business models that are being driven by technological, regulatory and other socio-economic changes. She is a regular speaker at financial industry events.
SVP Partnerships & Interbank Relationships and Head of Consumer Solutions of Natixis Payments Solutions
Fabrice Denèle is Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Interbank Relationships and Head of Consumer Solutions of Natixis Payments Solutions, the new payments business line of BPCE Group (Caisse d'Epargne and Banque Populaire). He is member of the Executive Committee. He is also member of the SWIFT Board of Directors, as well as STET and Cartes Bancaires boards. He is a member of the European Payments Council and several bodies related to payments in France and Europe. He chairs the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG) Payments Committee and the Visa France Board. He was member of the Visa Europe Board of Directors. Fabrice Denèle has over twenty years of experience in treasury and payments.
Global Head of Clearing Products in Cash Management at Deutsche Bank
Christian Westerhaus is Global Head of Clearing Products in Cash Management at Deutsche Bank.
Based in Frankfurt, Christian is responsible for product development as well as the strategic planning for Deutsche Bank’s Cash Management business. He oversees a global team covering USD, EUR, RMB, GBP and multi-currency clearing for a diverse base of clients including commercial, regional, global and central banks as well as broker dealers.
Prior to this assignment, Christian held a number of senior roles in product management including Global Co-Head of client Products & Solutions for Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank.
Christian is also an active member of various global and European industry committees. At present he is a Board Member of EBA Clearing Paris/Brussels and Eurogiro A/S, Copenhagen.
Global Co-Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB), UniCredit Bank
Since September 2016, Jan Kupfer has been Global Co-Head of Global Transaction Banking and a member of the CIB Executive Committee.
Jan joined Bayerische Vereinsbank, a predecessor institute of UniCredit, as a trainee in 1991. Working his way through credit risk management for banks and corporate clients, he gained extensive experience in the fields of credit analysis for institutional clients and built up global functions for managing credit risks with financial institutions with special focus on capital markets products.
Acting as Division Head of Credit Risk Management with global responsibility for Banks, Institutionals, Country Risk and Collateral Management, he became a Member of the Group Credit Committee in October 2002. From June 2004 to March 2006, Jan worked in New York acting as CEO HypoVereinsbank (HVB) Americas and Regional Head for HVB’s business in North- and Latin America.
Returning from the US, Jan became a Member of the Division Board of HypoVereinsbank AG, responsible for, among other areas, Active Credit Portfolio Management, Securitization, Emerging Debt Capital Markets and Credit Analysis for Corporates. He later became Global Co-Head of the “Structured Credit” business line.
In 2008, Jan took on the responsibility for International Client Management for UniCredit Group. In addition, he had a leading role in the redesign of the International Network activities of the Group.
From October 2011 to December 2013, Jan served as Head of CIB Americas for UniCredit. Based in New York, he had managerial responsibility for business activities and operations in North- and Latin America. Following that assignment, he acted as Head of Unternehmer Bank for UniCredit Bank AG, Region North, in charge of Corporate Client relationships in the region.
Jan holds an MBA in Political Science, Public Law and Near and Middle East Studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.
Founder and MD of Arthur's Legal
Arthur van der Wees, LLM studied and obtained his doctorate degree in computer, privacy, IPR, banking and business law at Leiden University. He is founder and managing director of Arthur's Legal, an international law firm with its headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in Brussel, Barcelona, New York and Seoul. Arthur is standardization expert, entrepreneur, strategist and frequent speaker worldwide and has in-depth experience and is well-connected in the world of technology, data, accountability & global business. He is rapporteur for the European Commission on data portability and switching providers. Arthur is founding member of the Commission’s Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI), where he is leader of both the Security in IoT and the Privacy in IoT taskforce, and co-chair of the AIOTI Policy WG. He is (co-)author of many publications about smart, IoT, Security and Cloud, including the IERC Handbooks 2016 (Strategic & Legal Challenges in IoT) and 2017 (Security & Privacy), the Dutch National Smart Cities Strategy, and European Commission's Cloud SLA Standardisation. Amongst others, he is co-founder of the Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy, and iLabs Zapplied Institute that offers dynamic security & data management certification of APIs, IoT and systems.
Chief Executive at European Banking Federation
Wim Mijs (1964) was appointed Chief Executive of the European Banking Federation in September 2014. Between 2007 and 2014 Wim served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. During this time he transformed the NVB into a modern industry association, positioning it as the key representative of the banking sector in the midst of the financial crisis. Wim studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, specialising in European and International law. After his studies he worked for one year at the International Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague. In 1993 he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam before moving to Brussels to head up the bank’s EU liaison office. Wim moved back to The Hague in 2002 where he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO. Between 2011 and 2015 Wim served as Chairman of the International Banking Federation. From 2012 to 2014 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the EBF. From 2013 to 2015 he was President of the Board of Euribor, now known as the European Money Market Institute.M
Senior Manager and Cybersecurity Lead at Innopay
Jelger Groenland MSc CISSP is Senior Manager and Cybersecurity proposition lead at Innopay. In his role he is responsible for the development and build-out of the Innopay Cybersecurity proposition. Prior to joining INNOPAY, he worked in London as Cybersecurity Programme Manager for a global bank advising senior management and c-level executives. Jelger holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and qualifications from the University of Washington, USA. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Director of International Standards and Services at New Payments Systems Operator UK
James heads up a small team working on Standards and open banking at the Payment System Operator, which has been set up to develop the capability and capacity of the UK's retail payment systems. James has contributed to industry thinking on standards for many years and brings a practical outcomes based approach to complex issues. His team built the first open collaborative API ecosystem in the payments industry to prove this technology on a collaborative industry setting. James is also involved in PSD2, the Euro Retail Payments Board work on PSD2 and has contributed to establishment of the European API Evaluation Group with the support of the EC and ECB. Alongside this James also chairs the ISO 20022 Standard internationally and leads the work globally to advance that standard to ensure it continues to support the needs of users from communities around the globe. He has also worked with the G20 regulators to lead the development of standards for the benefit of both the private and public sector.
Payment Systems Policy Division at Deutsche Bundesbank
Jan Lukas Korella works at the Deutsche Bundesbank, where he is responsible for policy issues related to the retail payment system. In particular,, he deals with innovative means of payment and takes the responsibility for a comparative study on payment behaviour and the adoption of innovations in retail payments in China and Germany. Before joining the Deutsche Bundesbank in 2016, Mr Korella completed a Bachelor in economics at University of Muenster and a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Cologne and spent a semester abroad at the Norwegian School of Economics Bergen. During a one year traineeship at Deutsche Bundesbank he gained extensive knowledge in Payments and further experience in the areas of Financial Stability and Banking Supervision. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Payment Systems Policy Division.
Global Vice President Watson Financial Services Solutions, IBM Industry Academy Member
Vivek is the Global VP of Solutions for IBM Financial Services. He leads a worldwide team of experienced Sales, Technical Sales and Industry consultants who work with major financial institutions to deliver pre-built industry specific solutions in the areas of risk & compliance, client insight, payments & counter fraud. Alongside his leadership responsibilities Vivek works directly with C-suite executives to share best practices based on his two decades of expertise in financial services. He has personally driven strategic transformation initiatives by leveraging cognitive & advanced analytics at major financial institutions in the recent past. In particular he has an in-depth understanding of financial services use cases around customer centricity, risk & compliance and counter fraud. Vivek has played numerous roles directly related to the financial services industry over the last several years. Directly prior to his current role Vivek led the WW Financial Services Analytics team for IBM. In the years before that Vivek has held a number of leadership positions in financial services including managing the client executive relationship with a top-10 financial institution and heading a strategic consulting practice for financial services globally. He also setup up and grew a financial services sales & delivery practice at Microsoft in the past. He is recognized as an industry expert and invited to speak at a multitude of industry executive roundtables, technology conferences and universities to highlight real world financial services and big data use cases. Vivek is also regularly interviewed and published by industry journals and think tanks. Vivek is a recognized IBM management and sales leader with numerous awards and citations. He is an economics and management university graduate from the University of Mumbai and has a post graduate MBA degree from Henley Business School, UK. When not at IBM, Vivek is passionate about sports, travel and spending time with his family.
Founder and CEO of NOVARION.systems
George Gesek is the founder and CEO of NOVARION.systems, the high performance computer maker, who wants to create the first commercially successful Quantum Computer within the next decade.
After his studies of physics at the Technical University of Vienna, Gesek entered the ICT industry to foster the beginning merge of computer and quantum science.
This milestone of humanity seems to be reached now with the state of the art production techniques in the nanometer realm.
Principal and Director Cybersecurity at Innopay
Dr. Rob van der Staaij CISSP CCSP CISA CISM CRISC CEH CPT is Principal and Director Cybersecurity at Innopay. He is also lecturer Cybercrime & Cybersecurity at the University of Groningen, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. His main fields of expertise are cybersecurity, IT risk management and identity & access management.
Senior Vice President at Nets
Sirpa Nordlund is Senior Vice President at Nets with focus on new technologies at key accounts. She was formerly the executive director of Mobey Forum, a global industry organization empowering banks and other financial institutions to lead in mobile money. Nets is a leading provider of digital payment services and related technology solutions across the very payment-savvy and advanced Nordic region. Sirpa is an experienced leader at finance and hi-tech industry. She has experience in several positions in general management, including sales, strategy, business development and business control at Nokia and later at Venyon, a subsidiary of Giesecke & Devrient, which provided trusted mobile services for financial institutions. Sirpa holds a Master of Science degree in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, majoring in finance. She also has advanced studies in classical music at Sibelius Academy (University of Arts), as well as Helsinki University (political science). Ms. Nordlund has held the position of SVP at Nets since February 2017.
Partner at Bird & Bird
Scott is one of the leading European experts regarding the competition law aspects and regulation of payments, with particular expertise in the field of card payments. Scott is a partner in the Brussels office of Bird & Bird, who works closely with both our Competition & EU law team and our Banking & Finance regulatory group. He has close to 15 years' experience of competition and regulatory law, and is considered one of the leading experts regarding the competition law aspects and regulation of payments (and card payments in particular) in Europe. Scott advises not only a major international card scheme, but also payments services providers (e.g. issuers and acquirers), large international merchants, as well as various stakeholders in the payments value chain. He has significant expertise in the area of new emerging means of payments, advising on a variety of legal issues surrounding e-wallets and mobile payments, the tokenisation of card details, security aspects, the interaction with some of the "Digital Giants" and handset manufacturers, etc. Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, Scott was Senior Regulatory Counsel at Mastercard for four years, where he provided day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of regulatory issues regarding the payments sector, including the EU Interchange Fee Regulation, the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines for the security of Internet payments. He was also involved in the lobbying efforts regarding these pieces of legislation.
Chairman & CEO of Lufax
Gregory D. Gibb has been the chairman & CEO of Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd. (Lufax) since December 2011. Before joining Ping An, Mr. Gibb served as the global senior director of McKinsey & Company, and subsequently the operating director of Taiwan Taishin Financial Holding Co., Ltd. He has more than 20 years’ work experience in both multinational and domestic companies of the financial and investment industry. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies at Middlebury University.
Mr. Gibb was introduced to the “National 1000-Foreign-Expert Plan” of the Organization Department ofthe CPC Central Committee in 2012, awarded the “Shanghai Top 10 Financial Innovation Figures of 2012”, and honored the “China Top 10 Leaders of Internet Finance of 2013”, etc. for his unique and widely-recognized insight about innovative financial services.
Mr. Gibb is author of the Banking in Asia -The End of Entitlement (Wiley, 1999) and the Banking in Asia -Acquiring a Profit Mindset (Wiley, 2003). Both books introduced bankers’ development opportunities and trump cards in Asia..
Head of Risk Management at the Dutch Payments Association
Marco Doeland is Head of Risk Management at the Dutch Payments Association, responsible for managing shared tasks on safety and stability of the Dutch payment infrastructures, including on-line, cards, mobile and iDEAL. Marco is the chairman of the interbank Security Working Group and chair of the Safety Working Group of the Dutch National Forum on the Payment System. He is a highly motivated and results oriented people manager that has specialized in cooperation and combatting payments fraud within the financial sector. He is member of various European cyber security consultative bodies and regularly speaks at international congresses on information security and payments. Marco holds a Bachelor degree in Telecommunications and Information Technology, and he is CISSP and CISM certified. In 2015 Marco finished his executive MBA at Nyenrode Business University in Business & IT. He is member of the Management team of the Dutch Payments Association.
Division Director Payments and Market Infrastructure at the De Nederlandsche Bank
Petra is Division Director Payments and Market Infrastructure at the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). The division is responsible for payments and collateral operations as well as oversight, policy, research (including the DNB DLT research) and cyber intelligence. Furthermore, the TIBER program (Threat Intelligence Based Ethical Red teaming) reports to her. Petra joined the Dutch Central Bank in February 2007. In 2013 she became Head Insurance Policy and alternate member of the EIOPA Board. In 2015 she was appointed as Head of the DNB Expert Center for Fit & Proper testing, assessing (supervisory and management) board members in the financial sector. During that period she also chaired the ECB policy work on drafting an ECB FAP assessment framework. In February 2017 she was appointed by the DNB Board Division Director. Prior to joining the Dutch Central Bank Petra had an international career in the oil and gas industry. Petra is a member of the CPMI as wel as the CPMI/IOSCO Steering Group. She is also member of the Supervisory Board en Executive Committee of Child and Youth Finance International Foundation (initiator of Global Money Week). Petra has a European Masters in Law & Economics and a Masters in Russian Studies. Ze is married and proud mother of three children.
CEO of Sedicii
Rob Leslie is the founder and CEO of Sedicii. Rob has a successful track record of establishing and growing businesses to considerable scale. He was part of the original management team in Dell Japan that established and grew the business to almost 300 employees and $300M turnover in 4 years. In 2007 he co-founded Kyckr (ASX:KYK) which listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in September 2016 and provides organisational identity services for KYC & AML services to banks and other regulated financial institutions across the globe. He also co-founded, grew and ultimately sold PTS Japan in 2000. Sedicii is a pioneer in the space of self-sovereign identity where it uses a pateneted zero knowledge proof protocol to help people and businesses prove their identities in a fully privacy preserving manner. Rob is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has been invited to speak at Davos on Cybersecurity, Identity and other technology issues affecting the world’s economies.
Director General of Information System Authority in Estonia
Taimar Peterkop is Director General of the Information System Authority, where he is responsible for coordinating Estonia’s national cyber security and developing Estonia’s e-government platform. Previously, Mr. Peterkop has worked as the Undersecretary for Legal and Administrative Affairs in Estonian Ministry of Defence, where he managed and coordinated the work of Legal Department, Finance Department, Administration Department and IT Department. Mr. Peterkop was born on 20th January 1977 in Tallinn. He has graduated from the University of Tartu Faculty of Law and holds a Master`s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is also a reserve officer. During 2000–2001 Taimar Peterkop worked as a lawyer in the Government Office. Between 2001 and 2005, he worked in the Ministry of Defence as the Director of International Law Office and 2005–2008 as the Director of Operations and Crisis Management Department. From 2008 until July 2010 he worked as a Defence Counsellor in the Estonian Embassy in Washington. Taimar Peterkop has also worked as a national defence teacher in several high schools and as an international law lecturer at Estonian Business School. The Information System Authority is responsible for coordinating national cyber security, developing public IT solutions, including Estonia's e-government infrastructure and administering IT-related public funds.
Deputy Mayor, The Hague
Saskia Bruines was born in Aalsmeer on 3 June 1962. She studied Social Geography at the University of Amsterdam, with a major in Historical Geography. From 1999 to 2002 Bruines was alderman in Amsterdam. Her portfolios were Art and Culture, Information and Communication Technology, and as of 2001 also Public Space and Green, Environment, Taxi Affairs, Inland Waterway Management and Resources, Well-being and Education (inner city). From 1998 to 1999 and from 2002 to 2006 she was a member of the Amsterdam Municipal Council for D66. Bruines thereafter held various positions in the cultural sector. In 2008 and 2009 she was the quatermaster for the establishment of the Culturalis Theater in The Hague, now called Theater De Vaillant. Bruines was director of the former De Hint centre for the arts in Aalsmeer and Uithoorn from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 until she became alderman of The Hague in February 2017, Saskia Bruines was alderman in Leidschendam-Voorburg. Her portfolios were Education, Economy and Business Climate, Child Welfare, Spatial Development, Services, Social Services, Modern Government programme, Information Security and Internal Affairs.
Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy | Venable | Washington DC
Jeremy Grant is Venable’s Managing Director of Technology Business Strategy and a member of the firm’s cybersecurity consulting practice. Combining federal government and private sector experience, he works with clients to develop growth strategies, identify and exploit market trends, and advise on policy impacts across the IT, cybersecurity, identity, and payments sectors. In this role, Mr. Grant utilizes his diverse background and deep understanding of business, technical, policy, and finance issues around identity, privacy, and cybersecurity, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and industry. Most recently, Mr. Grant worked as a Managing Director at The Chertoff Group. Before that, he established and led the National Program Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); NSTIC was the first new cybersecurity program launched by the Obama administration. There he led the administration’s activities across private and public sectors to drive a marketplace of more secure, privacy-enhancing identity solutions for online services. He coordinated development of a common shared identity service for citizen-facing government digital applications and helped establish the private sector–led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, which has crafted a framework of standards and rules to enable a trusted online environment that can validate the identities of individuals securely with minimal disclosure of personal information. He also led efforts to improve identity and authentication for individuals and devices in the NIST Roadmap for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Before leading NSTIC, Mr. Grant was the Chief Development Officer for government services consulting firm ASI Government. He spent three years with Washington Research Group as a market analyst focused on identity, cybersecurity, and government technology. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at MAXIMUS, where he led the division’s Security and Identity Management practice, playing a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. Mr. Grant began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, drafting legislation laying the groundwork for the Department of Defense and civilian agency smart card and PKI efforts.
Co-Founder, Payments Counsel
Nadja is a payments lawyer with a decade of experience in the international payments industry. Her previous in-house positions gives her a broad perspective on all legal and business aspects of Card Payment and Alternative Payment processing in the global e-Commerce industry. Purpose of her work as co-founder of PaymentCounsel is to provide clients with solutions which mitigate their compliance/legal risks, without hindering their business growth. As a strong supporter of advancing the industry and payments innovation Nadja is an ambassador of the Emerging Payments Association, a mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech and involved in other upcoming initiatives.
Secretary and co-founder of the European Association for Biometrics, Director European Biometrics Group
Max Snijder is co-founder and Secretary the European Association for Biometrics. In addition he runs a consulting firm on biometrics and identity, the European Biometrics Group. He is one of the leading independent biometrics experts inEurope. It is his mission to support stakeholders from the biometricscommunity with the proper and beneficial understanding and implementation of biometric technology, with a focus on supporting decision makers from governments as well as industries at a strategic level. During his 15 years+ experience he has built up in depth knowledge regarding several key application areas, such as border control, national security, public administrations, e-passports, airport security, electronic services and transactions, e-banking, access control and mobile security. As a researcher Max Snijder has performed studies for the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), the Rathenau Institute, the European Commission Joint Research Center and the European Parliament. He was invited to provide lectures for students of the University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam and the University of Leiden. He lectured at the Center of Excellence– Defence Against Terrorism (CoE-DAT) of the NATO and gives numerous workshops for senior and executive management in the domains of aviation, border control, public administrations and identity fraud.
Managing Director of Preta
John has been working in payments and banking systems since 1997 with Logica (now CGI) in London and Saudi Arabia. He moved to EBA CLEARING in 2002 to support the development and launch of STEP2, the pan-European ACH. In 2007, he became Director of STEP2 taking the platform through SEPA migration to be the largest clearing system in Europe, and one of the most sophisticated globally. In 2010, John created MyBank, a pan-European e-authorisation solution for online payments, which went live in 2013. In 2014, MyBank was moved to a separate company, PRETA S.A.S. with John as Managing Director. In 2016, John conceived and launched the Open Banking Europe programme to support the industry to understand the collaborative requirements from PSD2 access to account solutions.
Executive Adviser at equensWorldline SE
Dr Michael Salmony is Executive Adviser at equensWorldline SE, Europe’s leading payment provider which processes over 17 trillion Euro per year. He is an internationally recognised leader on business innovations especially in the digital and financial services space. On matters of digital strategy he is board-level advisor to major European banks, industry associations and European finance bodies. He represents the interests, for example, of the German Banking community and the European Association of Cooperative Banks in European decision making bodies e.g. European Commission, EPC, ERPB and further national and international boards. His views are much in demand as keynote speaker at international events and he appears in all media on advances in finance and is quoted extensively (e.g. Financial Times, Harvard Business Manager, New Scientist, Economist and by business schools and governments from Ghana to Malaysia). He has published much own original work which has been translated into many languages including German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Polish, Russian and Japanese. Previous positions include Director Business Development of leading national central bank (Bank of the Year Award, Best Innovator Award). Before entering the world of finance he was IBM's Director of Market Development Media and Communications Technologies where he was also instrumental in setting up IBM’s European Network Centre for the convergence of computers, telecommunications and media (i.e. the emergent multimedia/eBusiness) and helped transform companies and business models in many industries (publishing, TV/radio, utilities, national rail, etc.). He studied at the University of Cambridge and is married with two millennial children
Deputy Director of The Hague Security Delta
Mr. Joris den Bruinen has been appointed Deputy Director of The Hague Security Delta since 2012. Previously, den Bruinen was Advisor to the Mayor of The Hague and held positions in strategy and consulting in both the public and private sector.
CEO, Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy
Harry is a financial services marketing and positioning strategist. He previously worked at Banque Paribas and ABN AMRO and was a director at two leading strategic consultants. He is a leading contributor to innovation in both the retail and corporate payments and transaction space. He has also been actively involved in developing solutions in financial planning, international pensions and 'social innovations'. His strength is in catalyzing institutions into developing vision and strategies, and in identifying and implementing client-centric solutions. He is a columnist and guest speaker, sits on several advisory boards and regularly publishes in leading international media. Other functions: • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Europe China Institute - Nyenrode Business University • Member of the Board of Advisors of NIBUD (National Institute for Family Finance Information) • Adjunct Professor at Joint Innovation Center for Social Management of Urban and Rural Communities in Hubei Province - Zhongnan University in Wuhan, China • Member of the Council of Scholars and member of the International Advisory Board for the Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington • Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Banking & Finance, Europe • Founder & Chairman of the EuropeanPaymentSummit - Brussels (www.epcasummit.com) and GlobalPaymentSummit - Singapore (www.globalpaymentsummit.com). Both part of 'Transactives' • Founder & Chairman of the WorldPensionSummit - The Hague (www.worldpensionsummit.com) and WorldPensionSummit Africa Special - Abuja, Nigeria • Co-Founder and Chairman of China's National Academic-Strategic Pension Forum with Renmin University - Beijing (www.chinapensionforum.com.cn) • Founder and Chairman of "New Normal in Working" (the impact of longevity) • Board member and CFO of the "Drie Dolfijnen" foundation (charity fund)
CEO of Dutch Payments Association
Piet has a degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. After his study Piet joined the Dutch Central Bank, in which he held several senior management positions in economic research, economic and monetary policy and payments, lastly as a member of the Payments and Settlement Committee of the Eurosystem. In 2004 Piet joined Currence, the then newly established Dutch entity for ownership of the Dutch collective payment schemes, including iDEAL. He became its CEO in 2006. In 2011 Piet became CEO of the newly founded Dutch Payments Association whose members are payment banks and payments institutions in the Netherlands, combining the two CEO positions. Piet chairs several steering and stakeholder groups on innovative payments in the Netherlands. For example the Instant Payments programme, iDEAL innovations and the national digital banking identification and authentication programme (iDIN). In his capacity as CEO he is also involved in other innovations in Dutch Payments landscape and participates in a lot of national and international meetings on payments
CMO at Ximedes
Gijs ter Horst is Ximedes' CMO, responsible for all sales in the company. Gijs own focus is on the Fintech customers. Gijs started his career as a software developer and fulfilled roles of software architect and technical project manager, working on payment systems as well as websites for large ISP's at various companies before he switched to a commercial role. Gijs studied physics at the University of Groningen.
CTO of Ximedes
Creative Technologist at ING Bank NV
Vikas is a creative technologist and cyber-security thought leader working at ING Bank NV. Vikas has broad experience with technology at diverse multi-national organizations and brings a unique focus to current and emerging cyber challenges facing the payments industry. In doing so, he leverages upon his background in engineering, finance, and over 20 years of industry and consulting experience.
Chairman of the Payment Systems Committee of the European Banking Federation, Brussels and Deputy General Manager at the Dutch Payments Association, Amsterdam
Gijs Boudewijn is Deputy General Manager at the Dutch Payments Association, of which credit institutions, payment institutions and electronic money institutions can become a member. Before that he was responsible for payments and security related matters at the Dutch Banking Association. He has extensive experience in domestic as well as international (SEPA) payments issues, governance, competition law and fraud prevention. He started as an in-house lawyer at a large savings bank, and later became Head of Legal Affairs at the central Dutch clearing house, Bankgirocentrale, the predecessor of Equens SE. In 1998, Mr Boudewijn joined the Dutch Banking Association as Head of Payments and Security Affairs, and in 2014 was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Dutch Payments Association. Next to sitting on various Dutch domestic payments related bodies, he is currently Chair of the Legal Support Group of the European Payments Council and Chair of the Payment Systems Committee of the European Banking Federation in Brussels.
Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi Transaction Services
Ruth Wandhöfer is a regulatory expert in the field of banking and one of the foremost authorities on transaction banking regulatory matters. She is Global Head of Regulatory and Market Strategy for Citi's Treasury and Trade Solutions business. In this role Ruth's key responsibilities include driving regulatory and industry dialogue and developing product and market strategy in line with the evolving regulatory landscape. Ruth chairs a number of influential industry bodies such as the Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee of BAFT (a global trade body that represents the particular interests of the transaction banking community), the EU-wide banking industry Payments Regulatory Expert Group which plays a leading advocacy role on behalf of the banking industry in relation to all payments related legislative developments and the European Payments Council Information Security Group. She is also a member of the European Commission Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG), a very small group of hand-picked industry experts. Ruth was named as one of 2010s 'Rising Stars' by Financial News; named in Management Today's 2011 ‘35 Women under 35’ list of women to watch (Sunday Times), and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance 2012 as named by Treasury Risk Magazine. She speaks five languages (EN, DE, F, ES, IT) and has completed studies in various countries, including an MA Financial Economics in the UK, an MA International Politics in France and an LLM in International Economic Law in the UK. In 2010 she published her first book on “EU Payments Integration – the tale of SEPA, PSD and other Milestones along the Road” (Palgrave MacMillan) and has been a fellow lecturer of the Pallas LL.M Program in European Business Law. Her second book “Transaction Banking and the Impact of Regulatory Change: Basel III and other challenges for the global economy” (Palgrave MacMillan) was published in October 2014.