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Chitti Babu
COO Wirecard

Michael Bernard
Senior Vice President , Director of Digital — Webster Bank

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Craig Bond
Craig Bond is Chief Executive: Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances. Craig has over 25 years' experience across leading financial institutions including Standard Bank, Nedbank and Investec. During his tenure at Standard Bank, he gained international exposure as CEO of Asia and CEO of Africa.

Mike Boush
SVP, Student Loans — Discover Financial Services

Brian Clark
CEO — Ascent Technologies

Wolfgang Fenkart-Fröschl
Executive Advisor, Western Union

David Goldman
Executive Vice President Business Development & Strategy
Evo Payments International

Israel Gomez Perales
Senior Relationship Manager


Ravikumaran Govender
Ravikumaran Govender is Head of Channel Strategy and Development for Retail and Business Banking, Barclays Africa Group Limited. He leads the bank's efforts to transform current customer channels towards omnichannel customer experiences.


Tribh Grewal -- Head of Europe, Director, Global Business Development, Diners Club International
Tribh Grewal is the Head of Business Development and Relationship Management for Europe at Discover Financial Services. He joined Discover/Diners Club three years ago from Modirum Ltd, a payments software and services company, where he was the Managing Director. Prior to Modirum, Mr Grewal was Head of Emerging Payments at Visa Inc. and before that he held senior roles at Visa in Acceptance and Product Development and Marketing. Mr Grewal is an experience senior professional with over 20 years' experience in card payments business gained through his various roles at Discover, Modirum, Visa and VeriFone.


Caroline Hastings
Caroline Hastings' (Director of Councils and Client Relations, Lafferty Group) experience in banking extends back to the 1980s, including an 11-year spell at Rabobank International, where she rose to executive director/SVP for the Structural Trade Finance Group.

Joel Henckel
SVP Emerging Verticals and Acceptance,US

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Evelyn Hunter
Evelyn Hunter is chief executive officer of the Retail Banking Academy. Evelyn joined Lafferty Group in 2007 as assistant to the chairman, becoming Lafferty Group general manager in 2008 and has played a major role in the development of the Retail Banking Academy.

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Michael Jabbara
Michael Jabbara leads digital thought leadership within Visa's Digital Products group, providing strategic insights on the digital trends changing the payments industry and offering recommendations on how issuers can engage more deeply with their customers in this rapidly changing space. Previously at Visa, he was the CyberSource Alliances Program Manager within the Merchant Sales & Solution organization. His role focused on facilitating initiatives that incentivized technology and financial institution partners to increase adoption of CyberSource's products and services within their respective ecosystems.

Prior to joining Visa, he worked at Accenture in their Management Consulting group, focusing on Business Process Re-Design and Organizational Re-Alignment projects within the Energy and Federal Government sectors.


Michael Lafferty
Chairman, Lafferty Group

A former banking correspondent, accounting correspondent and LEX columnist with the Financial Times, Lafferty received the Wincott Foundation's Young Financial Journalist of the Year award in 1977.

In 1981, he founded Lafferty Group, which has come to occupy a preeminent position in the global financial services industry and received The Queen's Award for Export Achievement (now known as the Queen's Awards for Enterprise) in 1988.

Chi Eun Lee
Business Development Director

Qiaohong Lin
General Manager
Consulting Ltd

Ronan Lynch

Ronan Lynch
COO, Lafferty Group
Ronan Lynch comes from a family with a history of merchant trading and occasional piracy. Apart from writing about banking and finance he writes about Atlantic history and its malcontents. He is also a regular contributor to Village magazine on media matters and director of research for the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism.

Ricardo Madinelli
Head of GTB Products and Business Management


Cameron McEvoy -- Senior Legal Counsel, TSYS International
Cameron McEvoy is Senior Legal Counsel in the legal team at TSYS International. Cameron joined TSYS from a Silver Circle firm where he acted for mid-market PE houses on investments and disposals. Cameron then spent time with the Ministry of Defence assisting with the renegotiation of various PFI contracts, and other wider outsourcing contracts and the legal framework for the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan.

Sriram Natarajan

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David Nelms
Chairman and CEO
Discover Financial Services
Mr. David W. Nelms has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Discover Bank since January 2009 and 2004 respectively. Mr. Nelms has been the Chief Executive Officer of Discover Financial Services since 2004. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Discover Financial Services at Morgan Stanley. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Discover Bank from 1998 to 2004. He served as Senior Executive of MBNA America Bank from 1992 to 1998. From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Nelms was a Senior Product Manager for Progressive Insurance.

Mark O Keefe

Mark O'Keefe
Founding Director, Optima Consultancy, Mark O'Keefe is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Operating across commercial finance, strategic change and business transformation, he has 20 years' experience in the payments business. His time client-side was spent with Marks & Spencer Money, as a key member of the team that successfully launched the largest ever retail card conversion in Europe, and at Capital One, where he helped to shape and develop the financial planning function for the UK entry. Mark has served as part of the Visa Business School faculty since 2006, and has delivered a number of training workshops across Europe. His recent focus has been the development of Optima's payment reporting solution to help acquirers comply with the impending EU legislation and supporting clients with their strategy in light of PSD2 legislation

Nick Ogden

Nick Ogden
Executive Chairman, ClearBank
An entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience in banking, payments and fintech, Nick Ogden is the founder of ClearBank and the bank's Executive Chairman.

Prior to ClearBank, Nick founded and led a number of other companies. The most notable of these is WorldPay, which he founded in 1997. The first internet payment service to guarantee transactions worldwide, Nick helped WorldPay grow to over 270 employees, 20,000 customers across 120 countries and e-commerce transactions in excess of $2billion per year. The company was acquired by The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2002. Nick also founded Multi Media Investments Limited, a research and development company, in 1993, and Voice Commerce Group, the UK's first non-bank payments institution, in 2009.

Babatunde Okeniyi

Babatunde Okeniyi
Executive Director, Unified Payment Services

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Babatunde Owolabi
First Bank Nigeria
'Tunde Owolabi is the Group Executive, Retail Banking Lagos & West region in First bank. He currently supervises about 240 branches located in seven states of Nigeria (Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Edo states).

He has over 28 years of work experience spanning through Audit, consulting and banking. Prior to joining First bank, he had worked in some other banks and has had cross functional exposure within the banking industry in the areas of Financial control, Operations and relationship management in corporate, commercial and retail banking at senior management levels.

Dr Charis Pougare
Director Consumer and SME Banking
Bank of Cyprus

Vidyanand Raghaboon
Payment Express

Suresh Ramamurthi
CBW Bank

Eric Rosenthal
VP Business Development

Sailesh Sewpaul

Sailesh Sewpaul
Group Chief Executive, Payment Express Ltd

Ray Shinzawa
Executive Vice President

Matt Sloan

Matt Sloan
Managing Director, EMEA Discover , Financial Services

Peter Soraparu
Former Senior EVP
American Trust and Savings Bank

Nicholas Stefanovitz
Director  -  New Customer Acquisition, Segments & Capabilities
Barclaycard Europe

Giles Sutherland
Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Development
Carta Worldwide

Rob Tourt
Chief Risk Management Officer and Head of Payment Services
Discover Financial Services


Stelios Trachonitis
Manager Cards, Bank of Cyprus

Chris Winter
Vice President, Global Acceptance, EMEA
Discover Financial Services

Luay Yaqoob Sayadi
Cards & E Channels Manager
Al Salam Bank

Biao Zhang
General Manager
Retail Banking Magazine


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