Call for Speakers 2018
Our speakers are industry leaders and topic experts who bring along an exciting range of experience. If you are interested in speaking at the 2018 Australian Payment Summit, please contact Mr. Gonzalo Santamaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Lecturer at Sydney Business School, UOW (School)
Dr Martin Gold joined the University of Wollongong in 2003 following a successful career as a fund manager and investment analyst. Martin commenced his professional career in 1989 in accounting and actuarial roles at Colonial Mutual, Melbourne. In 1993, he moved to Sydney to join ASSIRT Research (now Standard & Poor's), initially as a research analyst and became a shareholder in its parent company, Sealcorp Holdings Limited. As the firm's senior analyst, he led researchers who rated the majority of the Australian funds management industry, and gained extensive knowledge of institutional investment practices. In 1997, following St George Bank's acquisition of Sealcorp Holdings Limited, Martin co-founded a private investment firm specialising in derivatives and innovative investment strategies. Between 2000 and 2001, he was an investment manager and specialist adviser with Royal SunAlliance (now Suncorp) overseeing in excess of $3bn of assets.
CEO & Founder of Women in Payments
Kristy Duncan founded Women in Payments in 2012, a global initiative that connects, inspires, and champions women across the fintech and payments verticals. Women in Payments conferences, awards and mentorship programs are now run in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, with plans to expand to Asia in 2019. An avid supporter of fintech, Kristy is an advisor to FI.SPAN, a company which offers banks a multi-API integration platform for corporate clients, and is on the board of directors for Digital Retail Apps, a fintech that delivers digital in-store shopping solutions. Prior to founding Women in Payments, Kristy consulted extensively in payments and fintech, where her clients included financial institutions and other leaders and stakeholders in the global payments arena. Kristy also worked at a tier one Canadian bank, in leadership positions in global transaction banking, treasury, finance and operations. Named as one of the Top 100 Women in Fintech by LATTICE80 & MISS KAYA in 2018 and on the Lloydís Bank Women in Fintech Power List in 2017, Kristy is frequently invited to speak at global industry fora on topics of payments innovation, fintech, and diversity. Kristy is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Founder & CEO at FI.SPAN
Lisa Shields is the founder & CEO of FI.SPAN, a technology provider that converges banking services with accounting and ERP applications. FI.SPAN is Lisa’s second financial technology startup -- she founded and led Hyperwallet, a leading cross-border payments company, from 2000-2015. Lisa is a member of Finance Canada’s Payments Consultative Committee, and a member of Payments Canada's Stakeholder Advisory Committee. She holds an MS in Engineering from MIT.
Board Advisor at Digi.me
Tony is a seasoned executive director with over 25 years of experience in investment, innovation and high growth; he brings energy and dynamic enthusiasm into any conversation. His professional life has cut across a diverse range of sectors including venture capital, health, finance, digital fabrication, media, mobile, sport, space and education. His attention is currently focused on AI, digital identity, PII, voice as an interface, ethics, DLT (Blockchain) and cryptocurrency Tony has founded, co-founded, sold and listed many businesses but remains passionate about highly disruptive technology which has the capability of scaling fast and is at an early stage. He brings professional working knowledge and experience of raising funding as a founder and adviser, funding growth companies as a partner and general partner of funds and representing corporates in M&A transactions. Tony has authored and published three books on innovation and disruption. He is a Fellow at Henley Business School for entrepreneurship and innovation, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bradford School of Management and Law, visiting lecturer in Ethics and AI at London Business School and London School of Economics and an EC expert for Big Data. CEng, FIET, FCIM, FBCS, FRSA.
Managing Director Pacific | ACI Worldwide
With more than twenty years of payments and banking expertise, Phillip Finnegan leads ACI Worldwide’s business operations in the Pacific region. Phillip works with ACI’s clients and industry bodies across the region, responding to the opportunities and challenges of today’s dynamic payments environment. Prior to ACI, Phillip held senior positions at organizations including First Data, Clear2Pay and FIS.
Volt Bank Co-founder and CEO
Steve Weston has over 30 years experience in financial services, including leadership roles in retail banking at St.George Bank, Challenger and NAB in Australia and at Barclays in the UK where he held the roles of CEO Mortgages and Managing Director of Retail Lending. Steve was a member of Barclays' retail, corporate banking and wealth executive committee, and a member of Barclays' senior leadership group. Steve is the co-founder and CEO of volt bank, which was granted Australia’s only restricted banking licence in May 2018. volt is planning to bring a much-needed change to the Australian banking industry
Chief Innovation and New Ventures Officer at Interac Corp. in Canada
Named one of 2018’s ‘Most Influential Women in Payments’ by Payments Source Magazine, Debbie is the Chief Innovation and New Ventures Officer at Interac Corp. in Canada. Debbie is responsible for driving the innovation agenda and accelerating growth via strategic partnerships with a focus on 3+ year horizon to ’future proof’ the business at Interac. A seasoned digital commerce executive, entrepreneur and thought leader with over 25 years of experience, Debbie has been involved in early iterations of the digital economy including crypto currency, mobile commerce and digital ID on an international scale. Previous roles include Founder and SVP Product and Strategy at Dexit Inc. and Head of North America for Mondex International (a subsidiary of MasterCard). Before joining Interac, Debbie worked with The Royal Canadian Mint, Visa, Telus, Ontario Lottery & Gaming, Bell and others providing product and strategic guidance. Debbie is an Advisor at MaRS Fintech Cluster, Advisor at Luge Capital , a founding member of Verity Women’s Club and is passionate about innovation in payments and business transformation.
eftpos CEO and Managing Director
Stephen joined eftpos as CEO in May 2018 after five years serving on the eftpos Board as a non-executive Director. He is responsible for the leadership, development and management of the Company’s business activities in line with the Board-approved strategic plan. Stephen has broad financial service experience. He has held leadership roles with small and large financial services organisations domestically and internationally, with a track record of delivering innovative customer solutions and business growth. Most recently, Stephen was Head of Consumer Finance and Payments for Westpac Group, responsible for credit cards, personal loans, overdrafts and payments for the Westpac Group of brands in Australia.
Senior Director, Tencent Fin-Tech Group
Wendy Sun is the Sr. Director of Tencent Fin-Tech Group. She leads the strategy partnership development, key account management in overseas payment markets. She and her team are devoting to bringing Tencent’s FinTech experience and solution to partners worldwide. Wendy also look after the international expansion and in-depth partnership opportunities for Tencent. Prior to joining Tencent, Wendy served as the Head of Business Development for Grab Pay. She oversaw business strategy planning and generated Go-To-Market plan for 8 markets across Southeast Asia. She also built up and led the merchant develop team for SG, MY, ID markets, and secured the KA merchants across the region. Prior to Grab, Wendy served as Head of Business Development for Alipay International Business in the SEA region, with a focus on SEA Business Development. In this role, Wendy was responsible for developing innovative and localized payment products and services catering to consumers in the APAC region by working with strategic partners. Wendy holds a master’s degree in economics from Fudan University. She also serves as honorary advisor (strategic partnerships) for AI Singapore.
Head of Banking - Asia Pacific at TransferWise
Venkatesh is responsible for international expansion and strategic projects across Asia-Pacific at TransferWise. Prior to joining TransferWise, Venkatesh was with the Office of Tony Blair, where he advised governments on topics such as economic reform and electronic payments; and earlier, at Bain & Co., where he was a strategy consultant. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.
Vice President, Head of Product, Treasury Services, Australia & New Zealand, J.P. Morgan
Pete Kooner is Head of Product, Treasury Services, for J.P. Morgan’s business in Australia and New Zealand. Pete is responsible for driving and commercialising innovative solutions across the Treasury Services business, with a focus on international payments, e-Commerce and the New Payments Platform (NPP). Additionally, Pete is responsible for strategic business planning, client sales, industry relationship management and business process improvement. Pete’s experience includes developing bespoke e-Commerce client solutions, partnering with global technology vendors and Fintech companies. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Pete worked for Cuscal and also spent ten years with Citi. He has been heavily involved with the development and implementation of the latest payment technologies, including the NPP industry design working group and project managed both Apple Pay solutions and multinational in-country high-tech receivables. Pete holds a Bachelor of Commerce (marketing), Bachelor of Information Technology (business systems), Certificate in International Cash Management (ACT), Diploma of Financial Services, Diploma in Stockbroking, PMI certification, and is Scrum Product Owner Certified and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Head of Payments Markets, Asia Pacific at SWIFT
Michael Moon joined SWIFT’s Singapore office in 2012 and leads the development of SWIFT’s payment business across Asia Pacific. This role partners with the payments and banking industry to deliver payment and settlement solutions in the high value and retail payments sectors, as well as global transaction banking and cash management. During his 15 plus years’ experience in the financial services and payments industry Michael has held positions in business development, product management, strategy and marketing functions, and has experience in China, India, the US, Australia, Singapore and South East Asia. Prior to joining SWIFT he lead group strategy and business development for American Express in their network, merchant and B2B businesses in Asia Pacific. Prior to American Express Michael worked in the Australian banking industry with Citi and Commonwealth Bank. Michael has lived and worked in Singapore since 2007 and has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.
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).
Chair of the Payment Systems Committee at the European Banking Federation
As of 1 February 2014 Gijs Boudewijn holds the position of Deputy General Manager at the Dutch Payments Association. Before that he was responsible for payments at the Dutch Banking Association. He has extensive experience in domestic as well as international payments issues, governance, competition law and fraud prevention. He started as an in-house lawyer at a large Dutch savings bank, and later became Head of Legal Affairs at the central Dutch clearing house, Bankgirocentrale, the predecessor of equensWorldline. 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. Currently Mr Boudewijn is Chair of the Legal Support Group of the European Payments Council (where he is also a member of the Board) and Chair of the Payment Systems Committee of the European Banking Federation. Over the past years he was in that capacity closely involved with matters relating to PSD2 and the various Regulatory Technical Standards of the European Banking Authority. Mr Boudewijn is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on payments and related issues, new technologies and open banking.
Chief Executive at Payments NZ
Steve joined the team at Payments NZ in January 2014 to continue the evolution of cohesive and sophisticated payment system improvements through collaboration, partnerships, and ensuring a level playing field in a fast moving industry. Prior to joining Payments NZ, Steve served as General Manager Marketing, Sales and Customer Services with Gareth Morgan Investments. Steve has had direct senior management experience in a leading payments business responsible for the processing of $3b worth of value per year. From General Manager to creating and operating a number of his own businesses, Steve has more than 25 years of leadership experience in disciplines covering business management, all aspects of marketing and sales, technology development and transfer.
Business Development Director, Financial Services, Asia-Pacific – Equinix
With more than 25 years of experience in sales and market development, Mary McHale is a passionate business leader. At Equinix she is responsible for building new relationships and creating interconnection opportunities across multiple industry verticals to develop the Equinix Digital Commerce Ecosystem. In this role, Mary will coordinate and build on Equinix’s existing community of banks, payment providers, payment gateways, card associations, and mobile wallet providers across the region. Mary will also work to create new relationships with other key players in the ecosystem including FinTech start-ups, regulators and professional organizations focused on advancing the opportunities for companies to accelerate their business potential. Prior to joining Equinix, Ms. McHale was Vice President, Senior Engagement Manager Financial Services at Nielsen where she co-lead the development of a new vertical for the company that supported the sale of consumer research and insights to financial services companies. She also spent more than a decade with Citigroup where she held a variety of roles overseeing regional strategy, cross-border payments and wealth management growth for 17 markets. Ms. McHale holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Marquette University.
Head of Experimentation, Blockchain & Embodied AI Innovation Labs, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Sophie is responsible for Commonwealth Bank’s portfolio of blockchain and embodied AI/social robotics projects, including design, development and testing of prototypes to drive commercial outcomes. The team collaborates closely with the customers, fintechs, government, universities and industry participants to experiment in order to fuel innovation, uncovering insights and knowledge to create customer value. Sophie has a background in investment banking, working in capital markets across Europe and Australia, and also has start-up experience, founding an award winning product design business.
Chairman of AusPayNet
Mr Rob Craig BSc (Hons), BCA, MAICD
(Independent director & Chairman)
28 years’ broad financial services experience across Australia, NZ and the UK in retail, business, payments, institutional banking, insurance and wealth management. Working with mid-sized and large corporates, specialising in leading large scale organisational transformation programmes. Currently Chief Operating Officer at Insurance and Care NSW (icare).
Originally appointed in January 2014 as an independent director and Chairman. Recently reappointed for a new three-year term commencing on 1 January 2017. Chairman and member of the CEO Selection Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Head of Payments Policy, Reserve Bank of Australia
Tony Richards is Head of Payments Policy at the Reserve Bank of Australia where he is responsible for the Bank’s analysis and advice to the Payments System Board on promoting competition and efficiency and controlling risk in the Australian payments system and for the Bank’s oversight of financial market infrastructures. His previous roles at the Reserve Bank have included serving as Head of Economic Analysis, Head of Economic Research and Deputy Head of International Department. He has also worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington on international capital markets issues, and on numerous countries including Korea, Russia and the Baltic countries. Dr. Richards’ academic and policy research has been published in leading international economic and financial journals. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the George Washington University.
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Dr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016. He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues. Dr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation. Dr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.
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.
Regional Director for Aus & NZ | Gemalto
Graeme Pyper joined SafeNet (now known as Gemalto Security) in May 2012 and serves as the company’s Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Regional Director. With over 20 years of business experience in information security and data protection, Graeme has established himself as a leader in information security with specialties in Encryption and Key Management, connecting partners with customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their most sensitive data as they transform their business into the digital world. Graeme has grown a number of security brands across UK, EMEA and APAC with a consistent approach and often is the 1st point of call for advice and guidance by many corporates. Whilst in EMEA Graeme was responsible for setting up and growing the Service provider and Telco “As a Service” product line which saw the establishment of a solid line of business growing at a significant rate year on year. In October 2015 Graeme moved to Sydney to lead the growth plans for the region with a 5 year plan to establish Gemalto Security as the leader in Data protection, encryption and Key Management.
Chief Strategy Officer, Australian Payments Network Limited
Victoria has been working with payment and identity technologies for over 15 years. She has advised a range of organisations, from start-ups to major banks, on the business implications of emerging payment and identity technologies. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Australian Payments Network Limited. Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet) is the self-regulatory body set up by the payments industry to improve the safety, reliability, equity, convenience and efficiency of the Australian payments system. A key part of Victoria’s role involves shaping the future direction of the payments industry through her work with the Australian Payments Council, for which AusPayNet provides subject matter expertise and secretariat support. The Australian Payments Council is the strategic coordination body for the Australian payments industry. It engages directly with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments Systems Board.
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.apsummit.wpengine.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)