Call for Speakers for 2019 EPS
Do you have compelling views, research, or experience to share with your fellow innovators, regulators, and industry experts?
Be a part of the 2019 EPS program.
We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to David Roberts (Global Payments Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org for speaking inquiries.
Principal Consultant, Consult Hyperion
Gary joined Consult Hyperion from Gemalto where he led their Point of Sale (POS) Division in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, prior to and during its acquisition by Verifone. He has over 30 years experience in electronic payments, including design and delivery of point of sale solutions to meet the specific requirements of the larger UK Acquirers, including Worldpay and Global Payments. Since joining Consult Hyperion, Gary has led Consult Hyperion’s retail transaction activities, advising retail banks, acquirers and start-ups on the hardware and software solutions that best meet their commercial and functional requirements. In parallel Gary has helped Payment Schemes to define their functional and security requirements for mPOS devices and services, updated EMV contact and contactless card and terminal specifications for American Express and helped the Payments providers to select appropriate vendors for their supporting infrastructure and services. Gary regularly presents and chairs payment conferences across Europe, including: MPE; mPOS World; Money2020; Trustech; xCEEd; PayExpo and Smartex. Gary has a detailed understanding of the retail payments architecture and how it is adapting to the opportunities presented by smart mobile devices. He has appeared on BBC TV and Radio providing expert insight into contactless payments.
Global Ambassador, Consult Hyperion
David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank), a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School and holds a number of board-level advistory roles. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics. Dave was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); created one of the top 25 “must read’ financial IT blogs; was found to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), was voted one of the European “Top 40” people in digital financial services (Financial News), was listed of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders (Hot Topics) and rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments).
Chairman at Vendorcom
Paul is Chairman & Founder of European payments community, Vendorcom; European Evangelist at the World Wide Web Consortium for the Payments Sector; Mentor at fintech accelerator, Level 39; and Member of the UK Payments Systems Regulator Panel and provided the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Payment Systems in the last session of the UK Parliament. Paul is passionate about the payments industry and the benefits to be gained by driving innovation through collaboration. His work with Vendorcom ensures that all stakeholders in the industry are connected and have access to authoritative, independent information on strategic and innovative developments, standards, regulation and market opportunities. Paul is recognised for his broad perspective on industry matters as well as his independence, authority and pragmatism in dealing with the increasingly complex change that both merchants and solutions suppliers face.
International Director at PCI Security Standards Council
Mr. King leads the Council’s efforts in increasing adoption and awareness of the PCI Security Standards internationally. In this role, Mr. King works closely with the Council and representatives of its policy-setting executive committee from American Express, Discover, JCB International, Mastercard and Visa, Inc. His chief responsibilities include gathering feedback from the merchant and vendor community, coordinating research and analysis of PCI SSC-managed standards through all international markets, and driving education efforts and Council membership recruitment through active involvement in local and regional events, industry conferences and meetings with key stakeholders. He also serves as a resource for Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Internal Security Assessors (ISAs), PCI Forensic Investigators (PFIs), and related staff in supporting regional training, certification and testing programs.
Payments Lawyer & Co-Founder of PaymentCounsel
Nadja is a professional with over 10 years of experience in the international Payments industry and a legal expert in rules and regulations involving Financial Services, PSD, AML and CDD, Card Schemes and GDPR. She has acquired experience both as a Deputy General Counsel for a global PSP and as a VP Legal & Regulatory for a European Acquirer. As part of PaymentCounsel and Pytch Ventures, she consults Acquirers, PSPs, EMIs and other FinTech companies in their start-up phases that want to expand their business internationally, while mitigating risk. Besides legal consultancy, she also provides companies strategic advice and guidance and (supervisory) board positions. Nadja also regularly writes blogs related to AML, PSD, GDPR and Thoughtful Leadership (www.paymentsguru.eu).
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 well 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.
Senior Consultant Retail at Payments Advisory Group
Paul is Senior Consultant Retail at Payments Advisory Group, an international consultancy specialized in the payments domain, working together with all stakeholders, including payment processors, banks, corporates, fintechs, retail, and public sector organizations. Payments Advisory Group provides advisory and implementation services, interim management, training and market research. Paul uses his knowledge and network to help clients to develop strategies on topics such as PSD2 and RTS, online identification, loyalty, blockchain, omnichannel solutions, and more. Next to that, Paul is frequently invited as speaker or host, covering events from international conferences to in-company workshops. Previously, Paul worked as Senior Advisor Payments at Thuiswinkel.org, the national association for the B2C e-commerce industry with over 2200 members in The Netherlands and was chairman of the e-Payments committee of Ecommerce Europe, the Brussels' based association representing 75.000+ companies selling products and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Next to that, Paul was for Ecommerce EuropeTechnical Expert in the Euro Retail Payments Board, chaired by the European Central Bank, and Co-Chair of the ERPB Working Group on Payment Initiation Services. Paul is still a member of the Digital Transactions and Innovation Taskforce of Ecommerce Europe. Paul holds a master’s degree in political science from Leiden University, Leiden. He is married, has three children and lives in The Netherlands.
CEO, Australian Payments Network
With over 20 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments. Dr Fourie was appointed as CEO of Australian Payments Network in 2016 and also serves as the Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia. Prior to this, she served on the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Dr Fourie also served as Card Division Managing Director for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s investment bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina. Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country by Economic Society South Africa.
Global Head of Banking, Ripple
Previously with companies such as SWIFT, Eurocelar, and BNY Mellon, Marjan has more than two decades of experience working in commercial positions where she has gained valuable insights into the financial industry. An entrepreneur and business developer, Marjan has tackled large scale projects in securities and payments and brought effective strategies directing major initiatives from conceptual to implementation.
Head of fintech at PR consultancy CCgroup
Daniel has more than 12 years’ experience in B2B technology PR and heads up CCgroup’s fintech division. He is responsible for the strategic direction of client marketing communications programmes and ensuring that they meet business objectives. Daniel has advised a range of fintech organisations ranging from nimble start-ups like MFS Africa, Money Mover and Strands to major industry brands including Deloitte, VeriFone and Visa. Daniel speaks at industry events, regularly contributes to outlets such as TechCrunch, Huffington Post and BankNXT, and podcasts and broadcasts like FinTech Insider and StartUp Van.
Founder and Managing Director of TrustEuAffairs
Based in Brussels for the past 16 years, Monica Monaco is the founder and managing director of TrustEuAffairs. TrustEuAffairs advises its clients on Eu legislative relevant initiatives. Monica is a member of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) since 2004, and served as a member of the SEAP Board from May 2012 to May 2015. Furthermore, Monica is Member of the Europol Virtual Currencies Taskforce and also Member of the European Commission Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG). Monica’s areas of focus are financial services, payment systems and technology, new payments means such as mobile and crypto, as well as e-commerce. Monica has been Senior Manager for EU Relations and Regulatory Affairs in the Legal Department of Visa Europe for more than ten years, being responsible for the relations with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council Working Group on Financial Services, as well as with various national regulators. Before joining Visa Europe she has been working as a Consultant for both Andersen, Deloitte & Touche and the OECD in Paris, dealing with a variety of financial services matters. She also worked for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in the Committee on Parliamentary and Public Relations. Monica holds a Master's Degree in Economics, European Law oriented, from L.U.I.S.S.Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy.
Chief Commercial Officer at Global Processing Services
Neil Harris is the Chief Commercial Officer at Global Processing Services (GPS), an industry-leading issuer processor that provides payment technology and alternative banking solutions to programme managers, acquirers and some of the largest Fintechs and ‘next generation’ banks globally. With over 14 years of experience in the payments industry, Neil’s key focus has been on driving positive change within the payments industry, initiating collaboration between influential peers to support financial inclusion initiatives and building customer success by delivering added value through his extensive knowledge of the payment space and emerging technologies. In his career, Neil has built long standing relationships with all stakeholders at different touchpoints of the payment supply chain from issuers, acquirers, programme managers and card manufacturers to the most innovative, disruptive businesses in fintech and the payments sector. His dedication and passion combined with his ability to make that connecting link between the traditional payment infrastructure and the new emerging technologies has made him the go to reference in this space and is highly recognised by his peers for his contribution to the industry. As Chair of the Financial Inclusion Committee at the EPA, Neil is part of the leading taskforce that has been created in developing a new industry kitemark. Their mission is to provide benchmarking capabilities within the industry in determining the level of impact that one Fintech has in comparison to another in truly tackling the issue with financial inclusion. In the past year, Neil has been working closely with international trade missions to promote UK payment technology across frontiers and in February 2018 was selected to be part of the UK FinTech Trade mission to Austria and Switzerland.
Director, Head of Payment Products & Solutions , Initiative Director - Group wide PSD2 project | Deutsche Bank AG | Frankfurt
Christian is a Director in Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking’s Product Management, responsible for managing the payments product offering globally. He has held various regional and global product management positions at Deutsche Bank. Prior to his current role, he developed and commercialized the Bank’s Financial Supply Chain product suite in the EMEA region. Christian graduated from the University of Mannheim in 1997 with a Master in Business Administration and Computer Science and holds a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the University of Oxford. He lectures negotiations and managerial skills at the University of Mannheim. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, travelling, and dining out.
Editor at PaymentsCompliance
John leads PaymentsCompliance's award-winning editorial team. He joined as a reporter in 2015 and has been editor since 2016. John covers regulatory and legal developments that have an impact on payments businesses, including banks, processors, e-money institutions, acquirers and card schemes. Within Europe, key topics include PSD2 and its supporting secondary legislation, as well as the 4th and 5th AMLD, GDPR and the Interchange Fee Regulation. John has also written and edited at Blockchain Briefing, and contributed to sister publication GamblingCompliance as well as numerous specialist industry publications.
Founder and CEO of Polymath Consulting
David Parker is the founder and CEO of Polymath Consulting. He works on projects and advises organisations across the Cards & Payments industry. David is also an active mentor, NED and advisor to boards. He advises and/or sits on the boards of: Cybertonica, Trezeo, 3GS Moneyclub and Curve along with others. His most recent project is the launch of a new company, Konsentus, in partnership with two colleagues. It facilitates checking the regulatory status of Third Party Providers along with eIDAS Seal Certificates, and the issuing of access tokens to enable FIs to be PSD2 open banking compliant. In consultancy, he has worked across the complete value chain helping banks with their overall E-Money/Prepaid and Emerging Payments strategy right through to market entry analysis. He has also collaborated with telcos, processors and programme managers on segment analysis, certification and membership applications. Geographically, his client assignments have covered Russia, South Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He is an active contributor to forums on Linkedin and a regular media commentator on the future of e-money/emerging payments. He is co-chair of the People in Emerging Payments forum on Linkedin and chairs conferences and events from Mumbai to Moscow; Las Vegas to London and Johannesburg/Nairobi in Africa to Colombo/Sri Lanka.
Head of Regulatory at Open Banking
Nilixa is an experienced regulatory expert who has worked with industry, regulators and legislators to drive changes in the payments ecosystem for a payments landscape that is secure, transparent and inclusive. Nilixa is a well know public speaker and Head of Regulatory at the UK Open Banking Implementation Entity. Prior to this Nilixa was at the Financial Conduct Authority as the policy lead on all EU payments related matters and in particular the negotiation and transposition of PSD2 . Nilixa has worked with the EBA, ECB, European Commission and EU regulators and before joining Open Banking was on secondment to the EBA, publishing the EBA Consultation on the Guidelines for an exemption under the RTS and leading work on PSD2 eIDAS certificates. Prior to joining the FCA from Barclays in house legal team Nilixa supported various Barclays business units including receivables and trade finance; retail mortgages and cash management.
COO and Co-founder of Starling Bank
As a co-founder at Starling Bank, Julian was Chief Operating Officer for 3 years building the bank’s business operations, including payment systems, card operations, customer service, human resources and supplier relationships. Julian now leads Starling Payment Services, a division of the Bank offering real-time access to UK & European payments schemes such as Faster Payments, BACS and SEPA to Corporates, Banks and e-Money Institutions. Starling Payment Services also offers a Banking-As-A-Platform proposition enabling organisations to open FSCS Bank Accounts and manage payments all through a set of APIs. Julian worked as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and EY, specialising in large-scale transformation in the cards and payments industry. He set up his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, which he ran for thirteen years before selling it in 2012. After many years as a consultant, joining Starling gave Julian the opportunity to put all his learnings into practice, to build a bank with an amazing team of true professionals. He enjoys working at a fintech business since he loves delivering things, making things happen and moving things forward at pace.
Head of Western & Central Europe at SWIFT
Saskia Devolder was appointed Head of Western and Central Europe in September 2017. Prior to her current role, she was Head of Western Europe for SWIFT for two years, having previously managed the sales organisation for France and Benelux very successfully, covering securities and banking sales activities and developing a community oriented focus.Saskia joined SWIFT in 2006. Prior to joining SWIFT she was VP Global Account Management at MasterCard International and held several sales and marketing positions at Synstar International and Sterling Software.
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)
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.