Speakers

Andrew Siah

Sales & Business Development at SoftPro

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Andrew Siah is responsible for Sales & Business Development of SoftPro's industry-leading signature solutions in Asia Pacific. SoftPro's signature solution suite encompasses the SignPlus signature database & verification solution (including automated verification of static and/ or biometrics signatures), and SignDoc secured electronic handwritten signature solution. SoftPro’s SignPlus solution is in use in 12 of the 25 largest banks in the world. The SignDoc electronic handwritten signature solution allows for secured e-Signing Anytime Anywhere through supporting multiple devices/ platforms (IOS/ Android/ Windows) in a single environment. It is industry-certified for secured non-repudiation e-Signing which provides for true end-to-end paperless processing.

 

Prior to SoftPro, Andrew was with BCS Information Systems responsible for the Sales & Business Development of its end-to-end mission-critical clearing & payment solutions and BPO services in Asia Pacific. The clearing and payment solution suite encompassed GIRO, Real-Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS), Scripless Securities Settlement System and Cheque Truncation System (CTS) etc. BPO services were mainly focused on mission-critical intra-bank and inter-bank cheque clearing and Document Imaging services for the banking & finance industry.


 

Ian Myles

Head of Payments at Singtel’s Group Digital Life

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Ian Myles most recently has been heading the Payments team at Singtel’s Group Digital Life. A dynamic professional, he has a strong bias towards design and technology, especially as it relates to mobile and mobile payments. Over the years, Ian has worked with several companies, including Frog, Motorola & Chase. 

While at Motorola in San Francisco, Ian was responsible for designing & developing their first 3G phones for UK, Italy & Hong Kong.  He then went on to set up a company that was funded by Citibank Ventures, where he led a team of designers and developers to build a mobile wallet & NFC solution for iPhones. 

Post that experience, he joined Chase, where he led the usability team to drive UX improvements, worked on Next Generation Payments and helped bringing biometric technologies into the bank. He also drove the CHASE credit card solutions for the ISIS Wallet.

Ian is currently evaluating his next venture.

Nigel L. Lee

Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Payment Options for Japan & Asia Pacific at American Express

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Nigel L. Lee is Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Payment Options for Japan & Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

Nigel joined American Express in January 2012. He is responsible for management and growth of the new and emerging payment activities in Japan and Asia Pacific, including China. This includes the development and expansion of payment methods such as pre-paid cards, travel card products, mobile payments, online eGift and virtual cards.

 

Before joining American Express, Nigel served as EVP for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for MoneyGram (the global remittance company).

Prior to MoneyGram, Nigel held the position of President, First Data Asia Pacific for 5 years based in Shanghai and Singapore.

From 2000 to 2005 Nigel was Regional Vice President Financial Services for EDS in Asia, based in Hong Kong, where he ran teams to partner with clients and grow EDS’s services in transformation and outsourcing across all markets.

 

Originally from the UK, Nigel is also an Australian citizen and now resides in Singapore. He has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London, and an MBA from Manchester Business School.


 

Lawrence Chan

Vice President of Asia Pacific Merchant Services/ General Manager of Southeast Asia at PayPal

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Lawrence Chan is PayPal’s Vice President of Asia Pacific Merchant Services as well as General Manager of Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he leads the regional business strategy, sales, partnerships and merchant adoption of PayPal’s newest payment innovations to transform commerce across channels. He is also responsible for developing PayPal into an online and mobile payments leader, as well as expanding the company’s geographic reach, in the exciting, fast-growing domestic and cross-border trade markets of Southeast Asia.

Lawrence has over 18 years of financial services industry experience, having worked for global MNCs including American Express International, American International Assurance, Bank of America, and Visa International. He spent 10 years at American Express International in various regional and international leadership roles, most recently, as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Payment Option (Asia, Europe & Africa). Lawrence has extensive experience in developing new business models and payment products, forming strategic partnerships with banks and payment networks, and engaging with regulators and merchants in the largest commerce markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, India and Japan.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd Class Upper Honors) in Industrial and Business Economics from the University of London’s School of Economics and Political Science.


 

Aman Narain

Former Global Head of Digital Banking at Standard Chartered bank

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Aman Narain is the Former Global Head of Digital Banking for Standard Chartered with responsibility for all direct to consumer channels, including Online, Mobile & ATM’s. He also manages all internal digital channels and social media.

In his role, Aman has transformed a set of subscale and substandard channels into one of the largest and most preferred digital real estates serving over 10 million people in 32 markets. He has accomplished this in just over four years working with a multi award winning team of 600 people who he has recruited and developed globally.

 

In 2011, Aman was recognised as one of the eight global leaders changing Banking and Technology, and has since pioneered a number of industry firsts across Social Media, Mobile Banking and Payments. These have resulted in multiple industry accolades including two Webby Awards and being recognised as the “World’s Best Internet Bank” for the last three years consecutively by Global Finance Magazine.

 

Having designed and delivered a radically simplified digital platform, Aman remains passionate about Business, Technology and Design and writes about this on his blog amanwhoblogs.com, is widely quoted in the media and is a popular speaker at events globally.

 

Aman began his career with Standard Chartered in Corporate Banking in London and has held roles in Investor Relations, Strategy, Acquisition, Corporate Development, Technology and Operations. His broad geographical and rich functional experience allows him to navigate strategic discussions with relative ease while maintaining a strong execution bias. A creative person, with an intellectual curiosity and strong communication skills, Aman thrives on tackling complex issues and breaking them down to deliver rapid results.

 

A strong advocate of diversity in the workplace, Aman has built a gender balanced leadership team that has pioneered a progressive work culture and collaborated with the Singapore Government on community firsts including the “Mobile Ventures Fellowship (MoVe)” for Singapore graduates and “Silver Lining” which bridges the digital divide for senior citizens.

 

Aman graduated with honours in International Relations & Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. It is here that Aman became passionate about leadership and was elected to lead his student government, fraternity, residence hall and was recognized as an outstanding leader for all of these. This passion continued during his MBA at INSEAD and he hopes to run for public office one day.

 

Aman lives in Singapore with his wife, new-born daughter and their cocker spaniel.


 

Ben Soppitt

Head of Emerging Products and Innovation - South East Asia and India/South Asia at Visa

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Ben Soppitt is responsible for the Emerging Products and Innovation portfolio and team at Visa across the SEA/India/SA region. A key focus of this team is driving the contactless agenda across all its form factors (plastic, NFC tag and mobile) and the emerging push payments category. 

 

Prior to Visa, Ben worked in Indonesia for 4 years in Mobile Telecoms and Banking. 

 

Before moving to Asia 7 years ago, Ben worked in London for the GSM Association with responsibility for programs including the GSMA Development Fund, Mobile Money Transfer and Low Cost Handset’s for emerging markets. 

 

Prior experience included Strategy Consulting with Andersen Consulting and Media Planning with O&M and Y&R.

Menno Stijl

CTO, Authasas

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Menno Stijl has a long years experience as project/program and general manager/senior consultant in a wide variety of markets like finance, telco, government and utilities. As a educated ICT engineer he was deeply involved in successfully bring onto the market new innovative technologies like smartcards, biometrics, PKI, VOIP, smart meters. “Bridging ICT and business”. 

Since the late nineties he has been involved in major developments on authentication and identity management. “Authentication is a major cornerstone of current networked society…”   In 2009 he and his business partner started the development of Authasas, an advanced authentication framework that connects virtually all authentication methods to all front/backoffice authentication events on premise and into the cloud. Together with their dedicated app for smartphones that they developed in close corporation with Intrinsic ID  it may well be a perfect solution for the mobile payment industry.

 

Boris Kennes

Director Product Management, Intrinsic-ID B.V.

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Boris Kennes brings 17 years of experience from the hi-tech industry where he worked in various advisory and management roles. Most recently he was responsible for the R&D program of the EU GNSS Agency where he was also in charge of product strategy and market research. He also brings 8 years of strategy consulting experience from McKinsey and Northstream.

 

Boris started his career in product development at Alcatel and holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a Postgraduate degree in ICT and completed the CFA program for financial professionals. Boris has an extensive track record in helping fast growing hi-tech organisations and has a passion for emerging technologies. 

Jason Kong

Deputy Director Assurity Trusted Solutions (ATS)

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Jason Kong is the Deputy Director of Assurity Trusted Solutions (ATS), a wholly owned subsidiary of IDA. ATS has been appointed to operate the National Authentication Framework (NAF) for Singapore – a nationwide initiative to provide stronger authentication, so as to prevent fraudulent transactions and enhance Singapore's position as a
trusted e-commerce hub.
Jason is also leading the Enterprise Workgroup in the IDA Cybersecurity Alliance, which aims to promote stronger Cybersecurity practices among local enterprises in Singapore.

Erik Holst-Roness

Chief Strategy Officer and President goSwiff’s MEA region

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Erik Holst-Roness, Chief Strategy Officer and President for goSwiff’s MEA region, oversees the global strategy for goSwiff as well as managing the business development and implementation of across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With his extensive experience in the fields of alternative payments in the emerging markets and latest technology innovations in mobile payments and loyalty processing, Erik is a trusted advisor to central banks, governments, financial institutions, and merchants across the globe.

Andrew Walden

Head of International Development, PayPoint

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Andrew Walden is Head of International Development for PayPoint PLC, an omni channel payments solutions provider handling approx US$23bn of payments per annum. As Head of International Development, Andrew’s role is to lead  PayPoint’s expansion in to new international markets globally.  He is an experienced international commercial director with an in depth knowledge of the payment  industry.  

Andrew joined PayPoint in Sept 2013, prior to which he spent the majority of his career with Barclaycard culminating in the position of Commercial and Marketing Director for Barclaycard International.  During his time with Barclaycard, Andrew was responsible for market entry into Italy and India as well as providing overall leadership of card issuing and acquiring businesses spanning Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean.  Following his time at Barclaycard Andrew set up his own payments consulting company and led business development and strategy for European Emerging Markets at Visa Europe.

Salil Bhuvanadasan

Head of Sales, Homesend for ASIA

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Salil Bhuvanadasan is Head of Sales of Homesend for ASIA. Salil is responsible for bringing in a diverse set of partners from payments and remittance space to the Homesend Global Remittance Hub.

 

Salil has over 17 years of industry experience in the Mobile Financial Services and the Telco Marketing space.

Prior to BICS, Salil worked in the capacity of Vice President for Utiba and was responsible for the Asia region. He has also worked especially on the Unbanked in Cambodia by conceptualising and rolling out Cambodia’s first operator driven product-CelIcard Cash and also having driven the distribution strategy. This was a grantee project and a part of the GSMA MMU program.

At mChek he has had the distinct opportunity to launch India’s first Mobile Commerce Application, enabling Bill Payments and Prepaid Recharge for multiple Telecom Operators & DTH operators.,

 

Salil has also worked extensively in the Telco space in India across Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Idea Cellular in the product, Vas and communication areas. Among other things launched specific products targeted at the Youth and also redefined distribution and commission strategy for Bharti Airtel leading to their leadership in the market of Tamilnadu in India.

 

Salil’s strong interest in mobile financial inclusion and working for the Unbanked has led to him being a key speaker across various conferences of significance across Asia.

Through his Corporate career has always belied in “Building Brands and Building People.”

 

Originally from Bangalore India, Salil holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IMD India. He currently resides in Singapore.

 

Jaturong Jantarangs

Senior Director Payment Systems Policy Department, Bank of Thailand

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Jaturong Jantarangs is a career central banker. After receiving a Master Degree in Economics from University of Chicago in 1991, he joined the Bank of Thailand as an economist in monetary policy unit. He has since moved to various positions within the Bank of Thailand. Before assuming the current position of Senior Director of Payment Systems Policy Department since October 2012, he was Senior Director of On-site Examination Department, Director of Financial Risk Management & Operations Department, and Director of Risk Management & Information System Examination Department. 

Currently, he is one of the two Co-Chairs of ASEAN Working Committee on Payment and Settlement System (WC-PSS) that aim to foster integrated, safe, and efficient payment and settlement system in the region. 

Erik Wilgenhof

Chief Compliance Officer, itBit

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Erik Wilgenhof started his banking career in 1996 in Amsterdam. He was part of the team that set up the first
ABN AMRO payments website and helped set up the Corporate Sustainability function.  After joining the compliance team, Erik was stationed in Singapore to lead a newly formed team of anti-money laundering analysts.

He has worked in various senior roles in the private banking sector, at PayPal and currently as Chief Compliance Officer at itBit.

Erik has provided numerous workshops and presentations on compliance related topics to companies, universities, regulators and law enforcement worldwide.

Erik studied law at the University of Amsterdam, has an MBA from Webster University, St Louis. He is network chairman and fellow of the International Compliance Association, a Financial Industry Certified Professional and founding board member of the Singapore chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists  (ACAMS)

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Shankar Narayanan

Co-Founder, Chief Innovation & Product Officer, Fastacash

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A serial entrepreneur and payment professional, Shankar Narayanan has founded a number of companies including Cazh (an Internet payment company) and Tagit (an enterprise mobility company). He has a track record in innovation, technology, operations and product development and has worked on developing mobile banking initiatives for the leading banks. Shankar holds 4 patents, including the patent filed for link generation technology (digital emulation)

 

A movie buff, Shankar spends his time outside of work watching movies and writing movie scripts. He also loves to travel and is into photography.

 

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Peter Harkin

Chief Financial Officer, Fastacash

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Peter has more than 15 years experience in senior finance roles with a focus on M&A and Corporate Development. In his previous roles, he has led investment efforts, played an instrumental role in post merger activities and been the primary interface for external stakeholders, including shareholder and bankers. He has built the finance function while being involved in the overall growth of the organizations he has worked at.

 

In his spare time, Peter enjoys swimming, cycling and spending time with his family.

 

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Phoram Mehta

Sr. Manager, Information Security Management group, PayPal

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Phoram Mehta is a Sr. Manager within the Information Security Management group at PayPal. He and his international team of security experts provide information security support and oversight across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region for PayPal.


Phoram has been in the security field for over 15 years and has worked in various domains including but not limited to secure development, networking, system administration, ethical hacking, auditing, security architecture and strategy. He is a certified CISSP and CISM and holds other major certifications like PCI QSA, CRISC, ISO 27001: LA, MCSE, CCNA, etc. Phoram holds a Masters in Computer Science Degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and since moving to Singapore in Jan 2013 has been an active speaker at regional conferences like RSA APAC, CloudSec, etc.

 

Raj Kamal

Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Since joining McKinsey in 2003, Raj has worked extensively with financial services players in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East on business strategy, sales force stimulation, operations and organization among other issues. His areas of specialization include asset management, affluent banking and retail banking operations, payments and insurance. 

Prior to joining the firm, Raj worked for eight years in the premier civil service branch in India, the Indian Administrative Service. He holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, and a BTech in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.


 

Franck de Praetere

SWIFT

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Franck de Praetere oversees SWIFT’s payments and trade markets in Asia Pacific. His team of specialists is responsible for providing innovative payments, trade, supply chain and sanctions screening solutions that enable banks and their corporate customers to enhance operational efficiency, reduce risk, and improve liquidity management.

Prior to this role he was Head of South Asia, responsible for the key customers and market infrastructures in the sub-region. Before taking up this position in 2010, he was the Head of South-East Asia looking after all commercial activities in the sub-region.  Previously, Franck has also been involved in SWIFT’s corporate programme in Asia Pacific, supporting central and regional treasury functions to implement payment or cash management solutions on SWIFT.

He joined SWIFT France in 1999, where he was in charge of the business relationships with complex accounts, with a prime area of expertise in treasury and payment banking business solutions. Prior to joining SWIFT, he worked at J.P. Morgan, managing sales of fixed income and derivatives, and working closely with primary government security dealers.

Franck is a French citizen and has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Finance. He is based in SWIFT’s Singapore office.

 

Philippe David

CEO of Welcome Real-time

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Philippe David is CEO of Welcome Real-time, a leader in loyalty and marketing solutions around payment, headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France. He joined Welcome in 2011 with over 25 years' of industry experience, including ten years’ developing smart card technology in the banking sector. Prior to Welcome, he was a founding partner and director of payments solutions provider Monext, overseeing a successful LBO. Previously, Philippe was the Vice President of Banking at Gemplus (now Gemalto) and spent 12 years' at IBM in various functions.

Chris Flanagan

Managing Director, Markets & Initiatives team, Asia Pacific at Swift

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Chris Flanagan is Managing Director of the Markets & Initiatives team in the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. He is also part of the Asia Pacific management team, and was a former member of the SWIFT Asia Pacific Advisory Group and the extended SWIFT Securities Committee.

Leading a team of market and product experts, Chris is responsible for driving the execution of SWIFT’s strategic market initiatives in Asia Pacific. His team works closely with the sales teams and provides unique market insights to support them, including financial market infrastructures, payment markets, securities markets, trade finance, business intelligence, reference data and compliance services.

Chris has more than 29 years of strong experience in line and operational management roles, as well as strategic business planning and implementation for commercial and investment banks. Prior to joining SWIFT, Chris was Chief Administrative Officer for Asia ex-Japan at Nomura International, and before that he was Co-Head of Global Wholesale Operations. He joined Nomura in 2008 from Lehman Brothers where he led a number of key corporate functions in Asia Pacific based in Tokyo. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Chris spent 11 years with Credit Suisse in multiple locations around the world.

Chris started his career as a Chartered Accountant and Systems Auditor before moving to commercial and investment banking. He actively participates in various industry groups and has served on the Board and Management Committee of the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA).

 

Ash Joshi

Payments Solution leader for IBM in ASEAN

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Ash Joshi is the Payments Solution leader for IBM in ASEAN. He works with the banks in the region to understand their payment specific requirements and design differentiating solutions that address existing problems while enabling innovation in  payments. 

Ash has extensive experience in the design and implementation of strategic payment solutions which leverage IBM’s assets and ISV capabilities. This has involved cash management, real time gross settlement systems, securities settlement systems, real time retail payment systems, credit cards and smart cards. In recent months, he has developed solutions around payments analytics; payments managed services; mobile wallets for retail payments; regional payment hubs; and SME-focussed supply chain ecosystems. 

Ash works out of Singapore and can be contacted at ashutosh@sg.ibm.com 

Krzysztof Korus

Founder and CEO of Prudentiz

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Dr. Krzysztof Korus is a founder and CEO of Prudentiz, a professional consulting company providing expert advisory in governance, risk management and compliance for new economy regulated industries,Polish member of the European Payments Consulting Association. 

Krzysztof is a lawyer and economist,expert in Polish and European financial market, providers and services law with key focus on payment services, consumer finance, clearing and settlement infrastructures, e-commerce and general new technologies law (e-invoicing, e-identity, e-security), anti-money laundering, competition aspects of financial services. He advises multiple Polish and international providers of financial services and their contractors. 

He is a founding partner of dLK Korus Okon Attorneys At Law (a law firm). Member of the Polish Bar, member of the Supervisory Board at the journal “Banking Law Monitor”, author of several dozen publications and analyses on issues of his key areas of expertise, legal expert for Polish Organization of Nonbank Institutions of Payments.

 

Gijs Burgers

Consultant at Innopay

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Gijs Burgers is consultant at Innopay consulting in Amsterdam, and strongly involved in cross-border payments and remittances. He is a specialist on European regulatory developments concerning the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), the 3rd and 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive (AML3 & 4) and the proposed regulation for Multilateral Interchange Fees (MIF). Within Innopay Gijs is involved in several licensing projects for remittance and crypto currency companies seeking to (re)calibrate their product strategies and licensing models in Europe. He is also responsible for writing the Innopay Crypto Currency report for which he bundled the perspectives of several prominent thinkers and entrepreneurs from the global crypto currency sphere. 

 

Before joining Innopay Gijs was involved in advising NATO and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on entrepreneurship in fragile and developing states, thereby building his grass-root knowledge of how trust in transactions can be built in even the most fragile environments. 


 

Bobby Lee

CEO and co-founder of BTC China

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Bobby Lee is the CEO and co-founder of BTC China, the first Bitcoin exchange in China, and now one of the leading Bitcoin exchanges worldwide. Bobby started his career in Silicon Valley, as a software engineer at Yahoo!, pioneering the earliest online communities on the Internet. He then moved to Shanghai, China, where he has been for the past 7 years. He was the Director of Software Engineering at EMC in China, innovating in Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage. After that, he was the CTO of SMG BesTV, the leading IPTV company in China, and also the world's largest by subscriber base.  

Most recently, he was Vice President of Technology for Walmart's China E-Commerce business, based in Shanghai. Bobby graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was also a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He has his E-MBA from CEIBS. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker.

Marc Terry

Managing Director, Commercial Services at VocaLink

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Marc Terry joined VocaLink in December 2010 and is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the company’s Commercial Services business. Key responsibilities include managing VocaLink’s core contracts for Bacs, Faster Payments and the UK Government.

Marc has more than 20 years’ experience in both the cards and payments industry, moving from sales, marketing and business development positions through to general management. Marc’s experience includes over 17 years with the international provider of payment systems, ACI, encompassing both EMEA and America’s responsibilities.

Most recently he was Managing Director of EMEA for Clear2Pay, leading the company through growth securing contracts with organisations such as Standard Bank SA, PBS, Santander and CEDECAM in France.  

 

Daniel Tumiwa

VP Digital Business at PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero), Tbk.

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Prior to serving as VP of E Commerce Garuda Indonesia , Daniel served as the Country Manager of Multiply Indonesia , Daniel is also involved in the creation of MTV - Asia in Indonesia , and Soundbuzz.Com Contestonly.com where he introduced Ringtones , Full Track Downloads and Digital Rights Management for industry and market . Daniel served as Director or Marketing and Sales at Universal Music Indonesia , where he introduced the concept of Ring Back Tones . He was also involved in the introduction of no-frills concept when he launches Fly Air Asia in Indonesia . Daniel also previously led the Digital Media team in PT . Djarum and 7Langit successfully launched and positioned as a leading mobile application developer in Indonesia . Daniel has received several awards in Music , Creative and Digital space including Business Week , AWSJ , Indonesian Business , Economic News , Bintang Indonesia . His background also includes a Concert Promoting , Marketing Communications and Digital Media Consulting . He was one of the initiators of Indonesian E - Commerce Association ( IDEA ) , where he now serves as Chairman

Max Snijder

Secretary General, European Association for Biometrics

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Max Snijder is one of the leading independent biometrics experts in Europe. It is his mission to support stakeholders from the biometrics community 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. His practical experience and integrated approach has lead to an overall view on the biometrics and ID-management business. With his knowledge and experience Max is capable of connecting high level strategic matters with the operational level, vice versa. This includes strategic aspects of biometric deployments (like costs/benefits, risk analysis and business cases), as well as issues on functional and operational requirements, use cases, processes and procedures. 

During his 12 years+ experience he has built up in depth knowledge from several key areas of application, such as border control, national security, public administrations, e-passports, airport security, electronic services and transactions, e-banking, access control and mobile security.

After a career at the security printing company Joh.Enschedé (NL) he founded the European Biometrics Group in 2004 with the purpose of bringing together the fragmented knowledge and experience in the field of biometrics. Currently his network covers all relevant areas of biometrics, from strategic to operational, from legal to technical.

Max Snijder is (has been) member of several high level bodies. He is secretary and co-founder of the European Association for Biometrics (www.eab.org). At the EAB he is chairing the Privacy Impact Assessment Working Group. On invitation by the UK Home Office he joined the core reference group of the Biometrics Committee of ERNCIP (European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection, http://ipsc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ERNCIP/688/0/). He is Founding Member of the IFIP Working Group on Identity Management and member of the ePractice Working Group on eID. In 2008 he joined ThinkTrust, a European Think Tank on “Investigating Security, Dependability, Trust, Privacy and Identity from ICT and social perspectives” (www.think-trust.eu). He is member of the industrial committee of the STORK Project (www.eid-stork.eu/) and was member of several end user committees of European research projects, such as TURBINE (www.turbine-project.eu) and 3DFace (www.3dface.org). His participation to high level strategic projects like ELSA (European Large Scale Action, preparing a European eIDM infrastructure) and ESRT (European Security Round Table) has brought Max Snijder to develop a vision on large scale use of biometrics in digital environments. He is member of the program committee of the World eID Conference and the BIOSIG (www.cast-forum.de/workshops/infos/145).

Griffin Peng

Head of Alipay Southeast Asia, Australia and Russia

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Griffin Peng is head of Alipay in Southeast Asia, Australia and Russia, responsible for forging partnerships with overseas payment service providers and retailers to facilitate two-way cross-border trade between China and those regions.
Griffin joined Alipay in 2011 and served in the cross-border transaction division of Alipay’s international business unit. During his three years with Alipay, Griffin played a leading role in building Alipay’s cross-border payment system, facilitating cooperation with major international card schemes, payment service providers and other business partners.
Before joining Alipay, Griffin worked at several international and Chinese banks, thereby accumulating a wealth of experience in credit card payment and e-channel settlement.

Koh Jin-Kit

Business Development, Payvision

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Jin-Kit currently heads up business development for Payvision in Asia Pacific. His deep understanding of the Payments business and technologies was gained through professional career in various parts of the Payments’ value chain over the past 20 years with key industry players, including Visa, MasterCard, VeriFone, Merchant Solutions – JV of Standard Chartered Bank & First Data, GlobalPayments Asia-Pacific – JV of HSBC & GlobalPayments Inc., and National Computer Board of Singapore. Over the period, he worked as group Managing Director, Country GM, Regional Sales & Marketing Director, Regional Program Director, Technical Manager and Engineer.

In the past 6 years, he led 2 Payments companies in Asia through successful turnaround in business, reputation, regulatory risk, and shareholder relations. He also served as an advisor in the Visa Client Council (Acceptance) for AP & CEMEA in 2012-2013, and has been sought by institutions to advice on investment, product innovation, business strategy, as well as rules and regulations specific to the Payments industry in the region.

Jin-Kit is effectively bilingual in Chinese and English. He is currently based in Singapore but lived 5 of the last 10 years in Taiwan and Hong Kong for businesses in the Greater China region. His academic qualifications include Master in Organizational Psychology from City University of New York, and Bachelor of Computer Science (Honors) from University of Manitoba, Canada. 

Jane Zavalishina

Chairman of the Board at Yandex.Money

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Jane Zavalishina is Chairman of the Board at Yandex.Money, an e-commerce payment service in Russia. Yandex.Money  is a part of Yandex NV, Russia’s leading internet company. Jane has been heading Yandex.Money since 2005, and during this time the company has undergone substantial growth, becoming a strong player in the market and gaining high brand recognition among Russian consumers and merchants for online payments. In recent years, Yandex.Money has partnered with thousands of online merchants and integrated with the largest banks in the country, which has produced a major impact on the whole e-commerce industry in Russia.

Prior to becoming CEO of Yandex.Money, Jane had worked as Chief Product Officer at Yandex since 2000. During those years Yandex became the leading Russian online portal, gaining wide popularity not only for its search engine, but for a rich range of web services for users. Jane strongly contributed to the company’s business development success.

Jane’s professional interests include retail payments, e-commerce and e-money regulation.

Budi Gandasoebrata

Director and VP of Operations, Veritrans Indonesia

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Budi Gandasoebrata is currently the Director and VP of Operations at Veritrans Indonesia, an online payment gateway dedicated for the Indonesian e-commerce space. He oversees most of the daily operational activities at Veritrans. As part of the founding team member at Veritrans, Budi played an active role in establishing the day-to-day procedure within the company, as well as getting the infrastructure in place. Budi is also an active member in the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (idEA), focusing on Public Policy.

Prior to entering the e-commerce payment industry, Budi worked in the R&D Departments of Philips Semiconductor, NXP and ST-Ericsson in the Netherlands and Singapore.

Shu-Pui Li

Head of Financial Infrastructure Development Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

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Shu-Pui Li has over 20 years of experience in auditing and management consultancy services, technology risk management, banking supervision and financial infrastructure development.  Currently, Shu-Pui is the Head of Financial Infrastructure Development Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.  His major responsibilities include:

development and promotion of the financial infrastructure in Hong Kong; and 
coordination with overseas central banks and service providers to facilitate cross-border cooperation in financial infrastructure development.

Prior to joining the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Shu-Pui was the Head of Asia Technology Risk Management of Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Regional Information Risk Management Officer of JPMorgan Chase in Asia.  His major responsibilities included the formulation and execution of the Bank’s technology/information risk management programme, performance of risk assessment of Internet and E-commerce projects, review and enforcement of the Bank’s information technology control policy and standards, development and testing of the business continuity plans, and implementation of information security awareness programmes.

Carlo Corazza

Senior Payment Systems Expert, World Bank

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Carlo Corazza has been working as Senior Payment Systems Expert in the Financial Infrastructure and Inclusion Practice of the World Bank since January 2007. In his position he has undertaken several missions of assessment of the market for payments and remittances in both sending and receiving countries. He is actively involved in the coordination of the activities of the WB Global Remittances Working Group and represents his unit during seminars and conferences worldwide. Mr. Corazza duties include the coordination and implementation of specific technical assistance projects in the area of remittances and payment systems.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Corazza has worked as Local Economic Development Expert for the United Nations Development Program in Guatemala and Serbia where he facilitated and coordinated programs of decentralized cooperation aimed at fostering the potentialities of the local economy through partnership among Public and Private entities in industrialized and developing countries. Before that he was attaché at the Italian Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he conducted research for the Economic Department and participated in the negotiations of the Italian delegation in many resolutions. 

Kebbie Sebastian

Managing Director, Penser Consulting

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Kebbie Sebastian is the Managing Director of Penser Consulting, a London based consulting firm focused on the payments industry in Europe, Brazil, Russia, India and China. Previously Mr. Sebastian was responsible for Global Product Development at Barclaycard (Barclays Bank) and held senior leadership roles with PayPal, where he led the UK financial products business and Bank of America, as Senior Vice President, where he expanded its international remittances business into China and Latin America. His areas of payments expertise include online payments, mobile point of sale, mobile wallets, remittances, payment service providers and digital banking. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, USA.

Ho Ching Wee

Group CEO, Infinitium

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Mr Ho Ching Wee is the group CEO of Infinitium providing Payment solutions and services across the ASEAN region with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. Within the group, there are multiple subsidiaries providing related payment services for wide range of customer from Issuers, Acquirers, large enterprise Merchants, Airlines, Telcos, Govt. agencies to online merchants.

Specialties: Online Payment System, 2FA 3D OTP Solution, Mobile Payment Solutions, Fraud Detections, Chargeback Management, Merchant Acquisitions, Mobile Redemption System, E-commerce, M-commerce.

 

Rupa Mankad

Senior Vice President, Regional Payments Product Manager, Citi

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Rupa is a Regional Payments Product Manager driving payments product development & profitability management in Asia Pacific and is based in Singapore. She has over a decade of experience in Transaction Banking spanning across product management, sales and credit & risk operations.  
Prior to moving to Singapore, Rupa was with Citi in India as a Cash & Trade Product Sales Manager managing large global and local corporate(s). She started her career in India with Arthur Andersen as a Business & Tax Advisory Consultant. 
Rupa is a certified Chartered Accountant and additionally holds a Masters Degree in Finance & Accounting from the Mumbai University in India.

About Citi Treasury & Trade Solutions: 
Citi Treasury & Trade Solution offers integrated treasury and trade solutions to multinational corporations, financial institutions and the public sector around the world


Aditya Menon

Managing Director Global Digital Strategy, Citibank

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Aditya is a Managing Director Global Digital Strategy at Citi for the past two and a half years.   He leads digital capability initiatives around digital money, offers, identity and platform  and also works with Citi’s country executive teams around their digital agenda globally.  Prior to joining Citi, he is a payments and trade finance industry veteran and started his 27 year career in 1986 in New York building corporate and correspondent banking payment software for a number of global banks including ANZ, Standard Chartered, RBS, ABN Amro and DBS Singapore amongst many others.  He was the architect for ABN Amro’s Bankstation corporate banking solution deployed worldwide. He has been a two time entrepreneur (as founder and CTO) in the corporate electronic banking, payments, cash-management and trade-finance systems space and once in the mobile payments space.  

Two of the companies he started (Tiger Systems Inc, and Visual Web Solutions) have been acquired by NASDAQ traded companies SUNGARD and ACI Worldwide.  He was group CIO of Mphasis and the first CIO for YES Bank in India, helping to build a new bank from the ground up.  He has also laid the foundation solutions architecture for a J2EE based core-banking platform for Neptune Software PLC in London. (Supernova) He has been a pioneer in the field of Mobile Payments, founding Obopay in India in 1997 and was subsequently part of their global executive team where he was instrumental in rolling out digital wallets in India (Nokia Money), Kenya (YU-Cash), Senegal (Yoban-Tel) and USA (MasterCard MoneySend).   He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s Mumbai and a Masters in Computer Science from Pace University, New York.  He has lived and worked in USA, UK,  India & Singapore and is currently based in Bangalore, India.


Oliver Rajic

CEO at Alpha Payments Cloud

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After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business (ranked top 10 undergraduate programme in the US) and Political Science, Oliver Rajic worked for Ibbotson Associates, one of the premier Asset Allocation Consulting firms as their European Regional Manager. He than went on to complete his MBA at the globally Top  ranked Kellogg program at North-western University. Using  his global business development experience and educational background to be accepted into First Data’s executive leadership development programme, which only accepted three MBAs from around the world, and build and grew their global acquiring business as the Director of Global payments into one of the most profitable divisions.

Oliver now serves as Alpha Payments Cloud’s CEO in his most ambitious quest yet, namely to simplify and connect the entire payments world via one centralized payments ecosystem that acts as a product access and exchange platform.

Oliver is well respected in the industry and is also a frequent speaker at numerous conferences globally.


Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi Transaction Services

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Ruth Wandhöfer is the Global Head of Regulatory and Market Strategy for Citi Treasury & Trade Solutions.

Ruth is highly regarded across the international banking industry for her in-depth knowledge of the regulatory market and competitive landscape, in particular acknowledged as an authority on key initiatives such as the Single Euro Payments Area as well as the implications of Basel III on transaction banking. She holds a number of influential positions across the banking industry including membership of the EU Commission and European Central Bank expert working groups and chairmanship of the international trade body regulatory committee of BAFT-IFSA.

Ruth is responsible for engaging with the regulatory, market and standards environment on a wide range of topics in the transaction banking space, and for driving and coordinating the business response within Citi.
Ruth is also the author of well-regarded book on ‘EU Payments Integration’, is a fellow lecturer of the Pallas LL.M. Program in European Business Law and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Payment Strategy & Systems. She is currently writing her second book on the potential implications of global regulatory fragmentation on transaction banking networks and the real economy.


Zennon Kapron

Managing Director, Kapronasia

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Zennon is the founder and Managing Director of Kapronasia and has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 15 years. Kapronasia is one of Asia's leading providers of independent research, custom consulting, and advisory services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Clients of Kapronasia include some of the world's largest financial institutions and technology companies. Kapronasia helps clients understand and navigate the challenges they face from a challenging region with a rapidly changing business, operational and technological environment.Zennon has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline industry publications and is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally.
Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Harry Smorenberg

Managing Director of Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy

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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 ideas on new payment systems, web and mobile banking, and cash and treasury management. He has also been actively involved for many years in developing financial planning, employee benefits and international pensions, in catalyzing financial 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 University
  • Chairman Editorial Advisory Board of Banking & Finance Europe
  • Founder & Chairman of the International EPCA Payment Summit
  • Founder & Chairman of the WorldPensionSummit | www.worldpensionsummit.com
  • CFO of the foundation "Stichting Drie Dolfijnen" (charity fund)

Douwe Lycklama a Nijeholt

Director and co-founder of Innopay

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Douwe Lycklama is founding partner of Innopay (www.innopay.com) an independent consulting firm specialised in payments and transaction services. 
Douwe is thought leader in e-payments, e-invoicing, e-identity, m-payments, cards and SEPA, shaping breakthrough business and market innovations, standards and schemes. As such he actively contributes to strategic developments in this field, such as online payment scheme iDEAL and MyBank, identity Trust Framework ‘eRecognition’ and e-invoicing initiatives FinBox and Acceptemail.
Innopay works for major international financial institutions, collaborative bodies, government and corporates.
Memberships of Innopay include member of the European Payments Consultants Association (www.epca-group.com), EBA (www.abe-eba.eu) and ECP (www.ecp.nl).


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