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
CEO of Bit Trade & Bit Trade Labs
Jonathon Miller is a founding shareholder and Managing Director of the Bit Trade Limited - a crypto exchange platform and blockchain consultancy. Jonathon is a veteran in the cryptocurrency industry and Bit Trade has provided a platform for exchange of digital currencies to the Australian market for 5 years. Jonathon has also delivered expert consultancy to several large Australian financial and professional services firms and has directed a number of blockchain development projects for the Bit Trade innovation team Bit Trade Labs.
Partner of Payments Advisory
Jonathan is the Sydney leader of Deloitte’s payments advisory practice and is the co-leader of Deloitte Australia’s blockchain community of practice. Jonathan is a deep payments subject matter expert who works with clients across the payments value chain – from shaping “top of house” strategic priorities through to making sure client payment activities are completely and consistently compliant with regulatory and contractual obligations. Jonathan also supports clients in their journey’s to deliver efficient and safe blockchain-enabled businesses.
Chief Legal and Data Ethics Officer at Innovations Accelerated
She is the Chief Legal and Data Ethics Officer at Innovations Accelerated in Sydney, and the founder of the professional working group, ‘Ethics for AI and Automated Decision Making (Ethics for AI)’, that will soon incorporate as a not for profit organisation. The aim of ‘Ethics for AI', is to help define what ethical frameworks should be required for AI to automate decision making processes. Some initiatives Aurelie is currently leading on Ethics & AI: Aureliesuccessfully submitted an application for Australia to participate in the International Standard (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 42) on artificial intelligence (the AI ISO), and will be a member of the new Australian national committee to mirror the AI ISO. She is leading the workstream on Dignity and Agency for Identity as part of the global IEEE Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency (DITA) program. She is also a member of: ‘The Australian AI Working Group’, that is set up by Standards Australia withthe aim to become the preeminent forum for exploration and discussion of AI by engaging both government and industry; The global IEEE s’ working group for Standard P7000 ‘Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design’; and The European AI Alliance, a forum established by the European Commission. Separately from her initiatives around Ethics and AI, Aurelie is a practising lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in Financial Services. Before that she was a litigator at top tier Australian law firms. She obtained her postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from both France and Australia.
Chris Lonergan, CEO and Founder of Lonergan
Chris Lonergan, CEO and Founder of Lonergan is a market researcher with over 25 years’ experience. Lonergan Research is a boutique research agency which specialises in the more intellectually challenging, bespoke research projects, across the private and government sectors. Chris is a true generalist, who is at home running focus groups, interviewing executives, writing surveys or interpreting big data analytics. Chris has hands on experience researching and understanding the minds of a broad range of Australians, including CEOs, coal miners, residents of remote indigenous communities, militant animal rights activists and ice addicts. With decades of experience presenting in boardrooms, a B.Sc. (Psychology) and an MBA, Chris can understand and interpret the implications of public sentiment on complex business issues.
Director at Nodl
Rob has been building financial services technology for over 20 years. He is a chartered engineer and a specialist in Payments and Blockchain-based systems having delivered technology platforms for some of Europe’s largest banks. More recently, Rob led PwC’s fintech practice in Australia, where he was responsible for their innovative Vulcan digital assets platform and blockchain business. In 2018, Rob co-founded Nodl, a blockchain consultancy and technlogy services business, to focus on applications in the areas of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and financial inclusion. This has brought a diverse range of work including designing a security token for a large carbon abatement impact investment fund; applications of blockchain technology to the waste to energy industry; and is currently working with the Asian Development Bank on a fintech strategy for the South Pacific islands to address financial inclusion and microfinance. Rob is a Board member of the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA), is on the boards of several fintech and crypto startups, andis the co-author of “Fintech Revolution: Universal inclusion in the new financial ecosystem”.
General Counsel at Australian Payment Network
Nancy Bryla is Australian Payment Network’s General Counsel. In this role she leads AusPayNet’s legal and governance functions. Nancy has more than 15 years of commercial and in-house legal expertise. Before joining AusPayNet, she spent five years as the General Counsel for Asia Pacific at a global provider of managed communications solutions to the banking and financial services industries, with responsibility for all legal aspects across the region.
Co-Founder of the company called “Up”
Dom is an entrepreneur and technologist. Currently launching Up (up.com.au), a next-generation Australian digital bank delivering super powered banking. Up is a clever way to organise your money and simplify your life, giving you the freedom to do the things you love. Dom's been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 20 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia.
Partner and a Champion of Self-Sovereign Identity, Innovation and the Higher Education Sector at 460degrees
John Phillips is driven by the desire to make a positive, lasting, difference to the organisations, people and projects that he works with. With over 20 years of international experience, John has worked in 10 countries in sectors ranging from the Space Industry to Finance and Higher Education. Powered by 460degrees, John is a Partner and a Champion of Self-Sovereign Identity, Innovation and the Higher Education Sector. John believes that Self-Sovereign Digital Identity provides a disruptive alternative to existing digital identity models, and has the potential to drive the next evolution of the internet and our global digital society.
Engagement Lead for the GovPass Program - the Digital Identity program led by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)
Mike SIbly is the Engagement Lead for the GovPass Program - the Digital Identity program led by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in Canberra. This includes the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) . Mike has previously held a number of other senior roles with the Australian Government including executive roles with the DTA and Department of Industry. Mike has specific experience in digital policy, shaping strategic policy and service development, stakeholder management, governance, service improvement programs, and the design and delivery of large scale ICT programs and projects. Mike has a MBA (IT Management) with the Chifley Business School, a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard in 2013.
Head of Payments Industry for ANZ
Jackie is the Head of Payments Industry within Digital Banking at ANZ. Commencing her career in consulting, Jackie joined ANZ in 2010, and has worked in several roles across Product, Innovation and Industry. Within these roles, Jackie has managed diverse payment product portfolios, and supported the development and management of ANZ’s strategy, standards, and thought leadership in the Industry. Jackie’s strengths include a depth of payments knowledge and experience, combined with a collaborative and strong customer centric approach. In her current role, Jackie leads ANZ’s collaboration across the payments industry to influence its strategic direction, while ensuring ANZ’s business is in touch and connected into the broader payments ecosystem. She represents ANZ on the Board of the Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet) and on SWIFT’s Australian National Member Group, and is a member of the Women in Payments Advisory Board in Australia.
CTO and developer of Alkira platform
Ray is the Founder, CTO and developer of the Alkira platform, who are pioneers of making voice-based commerce easy and accessible for businesses around the globe. He has extensive experience designing and building large-scale software applications. He also has experience in solutions architecture, product engineering and business development and is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in senior management and leadership roles. Ray loves working with interesting people, ideas and technologies. He has represented organisations from a variety of sectors including entertainment, utilities, communications, banking, education and health.
Chief Operating Officer at Australian Payments Network
Andy White is Australian Payments Network’s Chief Operating Officer. In that role he leads Australian Payments Network’s member services and member engagement functions, as well as its compliance, project management and technology teams. Before joining AusPayNet in 2015, Andy spent eight years at ASX in various roles, the last of which involved leading its settlement business, including payments. Prior to starting at ASX, Andy spent the first five years of his career at the Bank of England and then nine years at LCH.Clearnet. Andy is a graduate of Oxford University where he read P.P.E; he is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Senior Partner of King & Wood Mallesons
Scott Farrell is a senior partner of King & Wood Mallesons with more than 20 years’ experience in markets and systems law, in Australia and Asia. Scott has given many years of service to advising on, and guiding, regulatory and legal change in the financial landscape. Scott is the co-chair of the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group and coordinates its open banking and blockchain work streams. Scott led the Australian Government’s review into Open Banking, which made the recommendations which are now being implemented to create Australia’s Consumer Data Right. Scott has been named one of Asia’s top 10 innovative lawyers by the Financial Times.
The Initiatives Group
Lance Blockley is Managing Director of The Initiatives Group, a consulting firm specialising in payments. He has advised issuers, acquirers, third-party processors, technology providers and payment associations in addressing many of the financial sector’s most significant issues. He has over 35 years experience in senior management and consulting in the UK, USA, Asia and Australia. Lance has led the consulting team on a number of industry-wide assignments, including the successful removal of signature (PIN@POS) on card payments in Australia in August 2014, the culmination of two and a half years work across multiple stakeholder groups. Prior to establishing the firm in 2013, Lance ran Edgar, Dunn & Company in Asia-Pacific for over 10 years, also acting for a term as global Managing Director. Lance holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, England and an M.B.A. from IMD, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Management Institute (UK).
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.
Policy Manager at Standards Australia
Dr Jed Horner is Policy Manager for Standards Australia. His responsibilities have included next generation infrastructure, with a focus on smart technologies, Industry 4.0, AI and digital transformation more broadly. He has been actively involved in technology standardisation through representing Australia within ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1. Previously, he worked for the NSW Government on innovation and digital government transformation, as well as within NGOs on creating new service models and social policy law reform, helping to deliver Australia’s most significant anti-discrimination amendments in decades. Jed is also a board member in the human services sector. His focus is on ensuring tech is not only commercially viable, but considers the needs of people with complex needs. Making smart cities real: building digital infrastructure that matters Consumers, and citizens, are demanding more, and better, services. These are not just technical, or ‘user preferences’, they are driven by a wave of populist discontent with powerful entities and rising levels of distrust, affecting everyone from governments to major companies, including providers of smart services. Increasingly, discussions of smart services have neglected to adequately consider these trends, or to place at the forefront factors such as: cost of living, commute time, and overall quality of life. These matter to everyday people, they drive behaviour, they drive sentiment and they drive voting patterns. Payments solutions are part of the solution to this ‘wicked’ problem of citizen discontent; they impact on citizens lives, reducing friction, improving mobility and enhancing choice. This presentation will explore the role of International Standards in driving greater adoption of smart cities technologies, including payment solutions, for real outcomes. It will also cover the way targets in policy-making can incentivise proactive public-private partnerships to tackle this ‘wicked’ challenge, specifically in the payments area, one of the most important, but neglected, horizontals of a truly ‘smart’ city.
Commissioner at Australia’s Productivity Commission
Stephen King is a Commissioner at Australia’s Productivity Commission and an adjunct Professor at Monash University. Prior to joining the Productivity Commission in July 2016, Stephen was a Member of the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority, a Member of the National Competition Council and Professor of Economics at Monash University. Stephen was a member of the Productivity Commission team that reported to the government on Competition in Financial Services in 2018. He has previously researched and advised both government agencies and private firms on issues relating to the economics of payments. Stephen received the University Medal from ANU for his undergraduate studies in Economics. He also has a Masters in Economics from Monash University and a PhD from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand.
Business Director of WeChat Pay international team
Mia Ma is the Business Director of WeChat Pay international team. She takes responsibilities of the merchant acquiring in Asia-Pacific area. She is the first employee of WeChat cross-border pay department of Tencent Group who has the honor to witness and join in all the up and down of WeChat Pay. She has helped some retail giants like 711、Aeon、DFG and Wastons to integrate WeChat Pay and get benefit from WeChat Ecosystem.
Founding CEO of Stone & Chalk
Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, Asia’s leading Fintech Innovation Hub located in Sydney and Melbourne. S&C supportsmore than 680 individual residents in over 140 high growth ventures to successfully commercialise and scale regionally and globally. Together with 27 large Australian and international corporate partners, Stone and Chalk has helped its startups secure over $280m in direct investment and create over 500 direct jobs in the areas of fintech, cyber security, insurance, connected devices, and data science since opening in August 2015. Since returning to Australia, Alex has also co-founded Spark Festival, which since its inception in 2016 has grown to become Australia’s largest innovation festival, attracting over 9,000 participants in 2017. He is also a member of the Australian Securities & Investment Commissions Digital Advisory Committee and is a member of the New South Wales Governments Advisory Board for its Digital Analytics Centre. Prior to Stone & Chalk, Alex was the Head of Strategy & Business Development for Barclays in London, and later co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched two start-up hubs in London and Manchester, and led a major Open Innovation program which saw hundreds of start-ups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations. As part of his global career, Alex has spent over 7 years living and working extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Prior to his time at Barclays Bank in London, Alex had worked for Nokia Networks in Dubai and Australia, where he also worked for Lend Lease in Project Management and as an Officer in the Australian Army. Stone &Chalk’s vision is to inspire generations of innovators to help create the industries that will power Australia’s future. Its mission is to help startups commercialise and rapidly scale within two years by providing access to a curated innovation marketplace and community of peers, customers, investors, expertise and talent.
General Manager, Licensing at APRA
Melisande Waterford leads APRA’s licensing unit, established in July 2017 and is APRA’s fintech lead. Melisande has been with APRA for 20 years in a wide variety of roles spanning strategy and performance; policy from conglomerates, crisis management, insurance and superannuation as well as technical roles and time as a frontline supervisor. Melisande also served on the secretariat for the Financial System Inquiry in 2014.
Group Treasury Manager at Cochlear Limited
Dane has extensive experience in financial risk management and treasury matters, having worked across banking, consulting and now corporate treasury. He has over 20 years’ experience working in financial markets in Perth, Sydney and London for various banks followed by 5 years as a consultant for KPMG in the area of financial risk management. He moved into a corporate role at Dexus Property Group as the Treasury Services Manager in 2015 and commenced as the Group Treasurer at Cochlear in 2016.
Head of Note Issue at RBA
Melissa has been working at the Reserve Bank for more than 25 years in a variety of departments including Human Resources, Economic Group, Financial Stability, Finance and at the Bank of England. Melissa is now the Head of Note Issue at the Bank where she oversees the Next Generation Banknote program that has culminated in the new banknote series and the building and operationalisation of the Bank’s new storage, processing and distribution site in Craigieburn.
Director of The RegTech Association and the founder and CEO of Verifier
Lisa is passionate about identity as an enabler of the digital economy. Lisa believes identity has a roleboth in directly facilitating transactions and indirectly, as an enabler of consumer driven data sharing. Lisa is a founding director of The RegTech Association and the founder and CEO of Verifier. The RegTech Association’s mission is to accelerate the use of regulatory technology (RegTech) to deliver corporate and community outcomes. In her own business, which is a RegTech company, Lisa is pioneering customer driven data sharing and started out by solving for proof of income to solve the responsible lending challenge - by using non-bank data particularly payroll data. Verifier requires proof of digital identity before the Verifier service can be accessed. Lisa is on APRA’s DataCollection Strategic Industry Group and is a member of the Advisory Committee established by the Federal Government to advise onthe Open Banking standards setting process.Lisa has a Masters by Research on information sharing in credit markets and is the author of Decisions Not Data - a book designed to help CEOs and their teams make more strategic use of data.Lisa’s vision for data sharing is a sustainable, values driven, privacy by design model that empowers both individuals and societies.
Co-Founder and COO at PayNinja
Marisol Challen co-founded PayNinja in 2017 and soon joined H2 Ventures - Australia’s leading Fintech, Data and Artificial Intelligence accelerator in Sydney. Prior to founding PayNinja, Marisol worked in strategy, operations and project management at a software development company in Brisbane where she led distributed teams for the past 15 years. As a zealous researcher with the belief that the future of work is independent and decentralized, Marisol advocates blockchain business models, in particular decentralized applications with large network effects. Passionate to help make the world a better place, she is an avid promoter of social justice, innovation and entrepreneurship, in particular amongst young people. She is a mentor for the Women in Payments, Startup Apprentice and Generation Entrepreneur mentorship programs. Marisol holds a Bachelor of Food Science and Engineering, and a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) from Queensland University of Technology.
Vice President, Global Product and Innovation Risk at Visa Inc.
Chackan is an experienced payments industry executive, having been with Visa since 2003. In his current role as Vice President of Global Product and Innovation Risk, Chackan is responsible for leading analysis of new and emerging technologies such as blockchain, digital fiat currency, and IoT, with a focus on evaluating their impact on Visa and the broader payments ecosystem. In prior years, he co-led the Visa initiative that helped set the U.S. on its path to EMV deployment. He has represented Visa in numerous standards organizations, including ANSI, ISO, and the PCI Council, and has helped develop numerous industry standards ranging from the Payment Application Data Security Standards to the Card Production and Provisioning Logical Security Standards. More recently, he was instrumental in the development of the PCI Software Based PIN Entry on COTS Device standards that were published in early 2018. Prior to joining Visa, Chackan worked in Asia and the UK, bringing with him extensive expertise and experience in Information Security at both the strategic and implementation level. Chackan is a Computer Engineering graduate of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and also holds a Masters of Science in Information Security from the Royal Holloway College, University of London.
Group Country Manager at Visa Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific
Julian Potter is the Group Country Manager for Visa in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. He is responsible for leading all aspects of Visa’s business in the region including innovation, acceptance, security, core products and solutions as well as digital delivery and deployment. Julian brings over 25 years of financial services experience to Visa, having held leadership roles in business, consumer risk, credit operations, finance and decision management. During his career, Julian has led businesses through their start-up, transformation and accelerated growth phases. Prior to joining Visa, Julian was the head of Citibank’s consumer business in Australia, a full spectrum consumer financial services business. While he has spent the majority of his financial services career with Citibank in Australia and Singapore, he has also held leadership positions at Macquarie Bank in Australia. Julian is based in Sydney and serves as a member of Visa’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Team. He holds a degree in Commerce from the University of Natal, Durban, and qualified as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) in Australia.
Senior Security Consultant at UL
Vaqar Khan – Over 15 years of experience in Information Security, working with organizations from various verticals such as payments, telecommunications, banking/finance, trading etc. He has been working with UL IMS since the past 4 years as a PCI DSS and P2PE QSA helping entities work through their Cyber assurance and compliance programs and assisting with building core processes and procedures around encryption, key management, access control.
Senior Lecturer at Sydney Business School, UOW (School)
Dr Martin Gold PhD is a senior lecturer and course director at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong. Martin joined academia following a lengthy professional career in investment research and funds management. Martin's applied research into the ‘FinTech’ phenomenon has focused upon its transformative effects within the financial services marketplace, especially product innovations in retail and SME market segments, and the business strategies employed by incumbents and disruptors. 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.
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.
Partner and Leader of the ANZ Financial Services Practice of A. T. Kearney
Robert is a Partner and Leader of the ANZ Financial Services Practice of A. T. Kearney in Sydney. He is a transformational leader and adviser who specialises in Customer-Back Strategy and Strategic Operations Transformation. He works with clients in insurance, banking and telco sectors to develop new customer value propositions, identify required capabilities and align the organisation to deliver. Robert’s work also focuses on Customer Experience Transformation including helping clients to discover, design and deliver holistic propositions around customer events.
Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Robert worked with Perpetual Limited and led the Group Strategy function. In subsequent roles he was responsible for the Group Marketing function and ran a customer segment P&L business serving Self-Directed Clients with managed funds sold online and via call centres.
Robert holds an MBA with Distinction from the London Business School and a BA / LLB from the University of New South Wales. He was awarded the University Medal in Computer Science.
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)