Thursday 3 February 2022
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Roger Alexander is acknowledged as an industry expert and a veteran of the cards industry; he had a long and successful career at Barclays Bank including over 20 years at Barclaycard where he had a number of different roles in both the acquiring and issuing businesses. Since leaving Barclays he has been CEO of S2 (aka Switch), the UK’s original domestic card scheme, and Elavon Merchant Services, one of Europe’s foremost acquiring businesses. ‘For the last 15 years Roger has had a portfolio of NED roles with both public and private companies in Europe and the USA. He also acts as an Advisor to CEOs of technology and financial businesses and sits on the Payments Advisory Board of Pennies, the UK’s Payments Industry Charity. Roger is a graduate of London University and has gained a reputation for strategic thought and innovation.
Sandra leads the global payments team at Spotify, the world's most popular audio streaming service. She is responsible for leading the growth, stability and future direction of Spotify’s approach to payments, and serves as Spotify’s representative on the Libra Association’s Council. Before joining Spotify, she provided consultancy services, including leading product and marketing at a fintech specialising in crypto/digital custodial and settlement services. Prior to that, she was at the forefront of Visa's products and innovation for over 20 years, having led Visa's European functions responsible for the development and management of all issuance and acceptance products, digital and innovation. Sandra led the fundamental change in the way people pay through the development and roll-out of Visa contactless payments across Europe. She pioneered mobile payments, from the initial vision through to the launch of Visa with Apple/Android/Samsung Pay.
Andrew is a fintech consultant, advising startups and larger businesses on this rapidly changing market. He founded his own firm, Fundarer, which has clients across the Nordics and UK, focused on helping businesses scale, including growth strategies, M&A and fundraising. He is a director and adviser to a disruptive Swedish card acquiring startup Paytrim, and was until recently their CEO helping them launch and prepare for operational scaling and new market entry.
Before this, Andrew was head of MasterCard's Corporate Development activites in Europe, responsible for identifying and pursuing strategic opportunities for acquisitions, investments and partnerships across payments and fintech. Andrew led the sale of VocaLink to MasterCard which completed in mid-2017, giving MasterCard a unique position in both cards and account-to-account payments.
Prior to this, Andrew spent 8 years as Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Paysafe Group, managing their corporate development, investor relations and public relations activities. Paysafe Group comprises the NetBanx payment processing business, the Skrill and NETeller e-Wallet businesses and Net+ prepaid card business.
He began his career qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG in London before moving into their Corporate Finance department. From here, Andrew worked with a number of investment banks in London including HSBC, Bear Stearns and Canaccord Genuity, focusing on technology mergers and acquisitions and corporate fundraisings.
King joined Featurespace in 2012. Formerly the Managing Director of augmented reality company Aurasma, she has an extensive career in media and technology, including leadership roles at Yahoo! Europe and Capital Radio.
Under King's leadership, Featurespace has become the world's leading provider of Enterprise Financial Crime prevention software, risk scoring events and preventing fraud and financial crime in more than 180 countries. The company has also raised more than £100 million in funding, supporting its ongoing expansion and ability to protect more than 30 major global financial institutions, including HSBC, TSYS, Worldpay, NatWest Group, Danske Bank and ClearBank.
Since 2018, she been honored by PaymentsSource as one of its Most Influential Women in Payments and was previously been named a “Top 40 Powerful Women in Tech” by Silicon Republic. In 2019, she was recognized by Cambridge News as its Business Person of the Year and received the Industry Achievement Award from Cards & Payments. Most recently, King was named "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" in Business Weekly's 30th Anniversary Awards.
An expert in business leadership, financial services and specialized technologies, Martina has spoken at conferences and to broadcasters around the world.
Peter Jones, Chairman and Founder, has over 40 years business and IT experience, 4 with a major European retailer (C&A Brenninkmeyer), 17 with a UK clearing bank (National Westminster Bank) and 28 as Chairman and Founder of PSE Consulting. He is from a processing and IT background and has led major development projects relating to payments systems.
Rachael has over 20 years’ experience in the global consumer
payments industry spanning retail banking, prepaid programme management and payments
technology and is recognised for her product development and strategic thinking.
Rachael currently leads the Customer Value Management Team
in the UK and Ireland with responsibility for proposition development and
solution bundling across products and segments. She plays a critical role in
ensuring relevance and driving differentiation.
Rachael joined Mastercard in 2010 and has held a range of
strategically focussed roles which have seen
her participate in multiple industry wide programmes and take a leading role
for the UK division in the integration of the Vocalink business. Before joining
Mastercard, she held a range of product development and management roles at
Travelex and Barclays.
He is currently Senior Policy Consultant for the Open Banking Implementation Entity responsible for delivery of its forward looking policy agenda, regulatory and Government relations. He was previously Director of Cards & Unsecured Lending at UK Finance delivering positive industry outcomes and a number of globally-recognised projects. Prior to that he worked in payments for a number of retail banks.
She has 25 years’ experience in Financial Services after graduating with a Business Law LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Huddersfield. She began her career in Financial Services with GE Capital Consumer Finance Ltd in various operational management roles including Fraud Management and Customer Service across Retail Store Card, Consumer and Commercial products.
She then spent 10 years with TSYS as a founding member of TSYS Europe from 2001 to 2011, holding a number of Strategic relationship roles and was the recipient of the TSYS President’s Circle award in 2008.
In her time away from TSYS , Sarah held various leadership positions at Williams Lea Tag Ltd, and laterally as the Chief Operating Officer for Contis Group Ltd. She re- joined the TSYS International leadership team in May 2018 and has been a member of the The Cards and Payment Awards judging panel since then.
Tania Platt is the Vice President, UK B2B, Client and Partner Management within the Global Merchant & Network Services Division. In this role she is responsible for managing American Express’ partnerships with its large and strategic merchants. In addition her team are responsible for the acquisition of small merchants via key partners within the UK.
Tania joined American Express in 2014 as Vice President - UK Acquisition, and led her team to successfully win over some of the largest merchant holdouts, increase acceptance in defined merchant verticals, and grow market share of B2B payments.
Tania was previously at MasterCard in their Payment Gateway Services division for five years where she was responsible for sales, account management and marketing.
Prior to joining MasterCard, Tania held a number of senior international business development positions in the Telecommunications industry.
She lives in London with her husband, two sons and their dog. Outside of work she enjoys going to the cinema, travelling, keeping fit and dining in London’s many great restaurants.
Úna Dillon is Managing
Director of MRC Europe and VP of Global Expansion and Member Advocacy for the
Merchant Risk Council. She is an Advisor on the European Commission Payments
Systems Market Expert Group. She is 27 years in the payments industry and has
held roles such as General Manager of the Laser Scheme, the former Irish
national debit card scheme and has managed such projects as the roll out of
Chip & PIN in Ireland for debit cards. She was Chair of the European
Payments Council Card Fraud Prevention Expert Group for several years. For MRC,
she leads the global expansion for the organisation, currently focused on APAC
and brings the voice of the Merchant on all areas of payments regulation, to
Financial Regulators globally.
In the past 20 years, Chris has held senior roles in; SECPay, Datacash, Barclays, RS2/Bankworks, Ingenico & Worldline. His expertise is focused on payments, specialising in commercial development and sales growth. He has been part of the TCPA judging panel for the past five years.
Robert is a valued and highly respected industry expert with a distinguished career in the card and payments industry. Robert has deep expertise in digital assets and e-money, and is highly skilled in all aspects of consumer finance issues, including banking regulation and compliance, consumer protection and AML/CTF. He was regularly named a key player in the Payments Power 10 (including #1 in 2015), a highly competitive ranking of the influential contributors in payments. Previously, Robert achieved success as a senior legal professional specialising in matters relating to cards and payments. He regularly speaks on issues facing the European Payments’ Industry including laws relating to Electronic Money, Payment Services, AML/CTF, Digital Assets and CBDCs.
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