World class Speakers
CUTTING EDGE INSIGHTS
At the 4th Nextgen Payments Forum 2018, we seek expertise from leading practitioners in the field and invite industry leaders to share their views and experiences on today’s industry challenges and opportunities. We select our collaborators very carefully and invite forward-thinking experts to take part in thought-provoking sessions to facilitate advanced industry insight and shared innovations.
Extensive market research
Topics addressed during the Forum are defined based on extensive industry research and the themes covered via the event agenda are identified as being of vital importance for today’s business executives.
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Our speaker panelists include:
Paul Alfing MA is Senior Consultant Retail at Payments Advisory Group, an international consultancy specialized in the payments domain, working together with all stakeholders, including payment processors, banks, corporates, fintechs, retail, and public sector organisations. Payments Advisory Group provides advisory and implementation services, interim management and market research. Previously, Paul worked as Senior Advisor Payments at Thuiswinkel.org, the association for the B2C e-commerce industry in The Netherlands and was chairman of the e-Payments committee of Ecommerce Europe, the Brussels' based association representing 25.000+ companies selling products and/or services online to consumers in Europe. For Ecommerce Europe, Paul is technical expert in the Euro Retail Payments Board, chaired by the European Central Bank, and Co-Chair of the ERPB Working Group on Payment Initiation Services.
Senior Consultant Retail, Payments Advisory Group & Co-Chair, ERPB Working Group on Payment Initiation Services, Ecommerce Europe
Robert Courtneidge is the Firm's Global Head of Cards and Payments. Robert is noted for his knowledge and experience in the e-money area. He has more than 25 years of experience in the cards and payment systems and is skilled in all aspects of consumer finance issues, including consumer protection, banking regulation and compliance and data protection. Robert works closely with The Payments Services Regulator, HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Association and other compliance and industry bodies to ensure compliance for his clients. He places special emphasis on working with high tech industries and products in the financial services industry, embracing new technological and legislative/regulatory developments. Many of his clients have new products, and he is able to guide them in the process of bringing them to the market. In 2015, Robert placed No. 1 in the Payments 2015 Power 10 and as one of the Top 10 Payments Lawyers by PayBefore in 2015. Robert was also named Best Industry Contributor at The Prepaid Awards. He is founder and past-Chairman of the Prepaid International Forum. Robert was also recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers UK 2016 (Band 1 for Financial Services: Payment Law by saying "he is an extremely prominent figure in the payments industry, having gained significant experience in the area from years' worth of high-profile activity as it has developed. (He is) noted for his work with e-money in particular.") Robert is a frequent spokesperson on current issues facing the European Payments' Industry including the Second Payment Services Directive, Forth Money Laundering Directive and the Second E-money Directive to name a few and speaks at over 20 events worldwide on cards, payments and financial technology.
CEO at Moorwand
Peter Oakes is the founder of Fintech Ireland and Board Director at TransferMate & Susquehanna International. Regarded internationally as a fintech, regtech, central banking and financial regulation expert who has immense experience in helping businesses navigate through the complex technological, strategic, financing and regulatory issues, Peter has been working on fintech initiatives since 2009. His cumulative background as a lawyer (Ireland, UK and Australia), non-executive director, former Board Director and Chief Risk Officer at Bank of America Merchant Services Europe and former Director of the Central Bank of Ireland gives him unique and uncompromised experience to help drive payments and fintech.
Founder, Fintech Ireland, Board Director, TransferMate & Susquehanna International
UK / IE
Gert Heynderickx is legal counsel and company secretary at the European Payments Council (EPC). He is responsible for the regulatory management and general legal and compliance matters, as well as for all aspects of corporate governance relevant to the EPC association. Gert manages and coordinates the activities of the EPC General Assembly, Board, Nominating and Governance Committee and Compliance and Adherence Committee. The EPC, representing payment service providers, supports and promotes European payments integration and development, notably the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). Prior to joining the EPC, Gert has worked as legal counsel at Euroclear in a variety of domains, with a focus on European regulatory management. He also acted as Compliance Officer and Data Protection Officer.
Legal Counsel & Company Secretary, European Payments Council
Michael is an internationally recognized leader in business innovations, especially in the digital and financial services space. In this capacity, he is board-level advisor to banks, national and international decision making bodies, for example, the European Commission, the EPC and the ERPB and further major international boards. He is widely published (and cited/translated into many languages including German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Polish, Russian and Japanese) and appears regularly as keynote speaker at leading events and across all print, broadcast and electronic media. equensWorldline is Europe’s leading payment provider that processes over 17 trillion Euro per year. Previously he was IBM's Director of Market Development Media and Communications Technologies and studied at Cambridge University, UK.
Strategic Adviser Payment Innovations at the Euro Retail Payments Board (EPRB)
Dr Theodosis (Theo) Mourouzis is a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) and Programme Director of the MSc in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). He is also a visiting professor at the Innopolis University (Russia Federation) and the Managing Director of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies, a non-profit organisation founded by CIIM, UCL CBT, Oracle and major banks including Hellenic Bank, Bank of Cyprus and Cooperative Bank with the aim to promote Blockchain technology . Theo received his PhD in Computer Science (with specialisation in symmetric cryptanalysis) from University College London (Information Security Group). He was a member of the UCL Information Security Group that in 2013 was awarded the 1st award in the 4-month UK Cyber Cipher Security Challenge among UK universities, organised by GCHQ and PwC. He also holds a MRes in Security Science from UCL, a MSc in Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Number Theory Group) from University of Cambridge and a BA/MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge. He was a member of the Mathematics National Team of Cyprus for 4 consecutive times (Cyprus 2001 – BMO, Turkey 2002 – BMO, Albania 2003 – BMO, Mexico 2005 – IMO). Additionally, he works also as consultant in the areas of information security, ISO27001 best practices (ISO27001 Lead Implementer certified by PECB), cryptography, Blockchain, ICO crowdfunding and data analytics. He has been advisor to many successful Blockchain projects that conducted ICO, including Crypto20, Acorn Collective, Pocketinns, Greeneum, BitJob and many others. He is also a participant at the ISO/TC 307 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies and Member of the Advisory Committee of EC-Council for Blockchain curriculum development. During his career he was employed as specialist and consultant to both private and governmental organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group, Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE).
Research Fellow at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
Dr. Viktor Dostov is a President of the Russian Electronic Money and Remittance Association (REMA), the industrial body representing major e-payments and fund transfer companies in Russia. As one of the leading experts in Russian retail payments sector, Dr. Dostov is heading REMA since its inception. Dr. Dostov participates in the workings of core national consultative and expert bodies on retail finance, including under the aegis of the Russian Central Bank, Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation (Rosfinmonitoring), Russian Parliament, the Ministry of Finance, CGAP, FATF, Eurasian Group on AML/CFT, AFI. Victor is a regular speaker at international conferences on electronic money, retail payments, and financial inclusion, the author of analytical publications on regulation, management, and future of payment industry. He teaches at the International Banking Institute (Saint-Petersburg).
President of the Russian Electronic Money and Remittance Association (REMA)
Vikas is the Lead Platform Architect for developing data analytics platforms to drive IT transformation in Fraud and Cybersecurity Management at ING Nederland
Lead Platform Architect at ING Nederland
Mr Grym is Head of Digitalisation at the Bank of Finland. He manages the digital programme of the bank and projects related to the digital transformation of the financial industry, covering topics such as fintech, distributed ledger technologies, digital currencies, payment technologies, cyber security, and data analytics. Before joining the bank he worked in the consulting and technology investment industry for 15 years. Mr. Grym holds a double Master’s degree in economics and international business.
Head of Digitalisation at Bank of Finland
Suresh Vaghjiani has over a decade of experience in the payment space is currently Managing Director at Global Processing Services (GPS) an award-winning global issuer processor. GPS powers the payment technology and alternative banking solutions to some of the largest prepaid programs globally as well as to Fintechs such as Monzo, Starling Bank, Loot, Pockit and Revolut. Suresh was hailed as ‘Payment Heroes’ in a special video produced by the Emerging Payments Association (EPA). The video features ‘Payment Heroes’ selected by the EPA to celebrate the successful teamwork of over 80 volunteers, on eight different projects (Rome, Europe, Women in Paytech, International Trade, Regulator, Retail, Inclusion and Media). Additionally, he is highly recognized for his contribution to the industry by receiving both the ‘2017 Industry Achievement Award’ in the annual Pay Awards and being ranked in the ‘Payments Power 10 List 2017’, a top ten list of key influencers in the payment industry. Suresh also sits on the working group for the Payment Strategy Forum which will help shape changes in the payments industry that the FCA will make through the Payment Systems Regulator. He is a high advocate of payment technology across frontiers and was recently selected to join the Lord Mayor’s business delegation to the Southern Hemisphere in February 2018. Suresh’s past speaker engagements include Payexpo in Europe and America, Pay360, AllPayments expo in the US, Fintech Connect, Vendercom, International Retail Banking Council and Exceed conferences.
Managing Director at Global Processing Services (GPS)
"Nassos is Lead Site Reliability Engineer at Starling Bank, leading the team that is responsible for architecting the bank’s Cloud-based software systems. Prior to this, Nassos was a technology consultant at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with a focus on end-to-end software delivery. At ThoughtWorks, Nassos worked closely with financial institutions to help them launch new products and services. Nassos is also an enthusiastic supporter of Lean and Agile approaches to software delivery. Nassos joined Starling in 2017, motivated to help build a Bank with technology at its very core."
Lead Site Reliability Engineer at Starling Bank
With over 12 years of solid international financial experience, Viktoria has a wide understanding of the various financial demands of both international Group of Companies and local private companies. She is an expert on international and local tax and the European VAT legislation. Having lived in Cyprus for over ten years, she used to lead different Financial Departments in Shipping, Fintech and E-commerce. She has existential experience with Cryptocurrencies and ICOs (structures, taxation). She is currently the Chief Financial Officer at BlackMoon Financial Group and lecturing Management and Financial Accounting Modules (equal to ACCA’s F2, F3 and F7 papers) at the University of West London. In her free time, she is organising the Cyprus Wine Club.
CFO of Blackmoon Financial Group
Michael is a long established professional in the e-payments Industry holding key positions in local and global payments and e-money institutions. He has served as a member in Boards of the fintech industry, PIs, EMIs and investment institutions. Michael specialises in European Electronic Payments, has knowledge of PSD 1&2 directives and banking regulations, but he is also an optimist in changing and evolving blockchain technology. Michael holds a strong clientele and specialises in advising his partners for banking and e-payments across the betting, gaming and investment companies.
CEO - MD of ecommbx
Experienced Chief Operations Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Legal Writing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, International Law, and Joint Ventures. Strong professional with a legal, compliance and banking back ground.
Director - COO ecommbx
Harris Aristodemou is head of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance department at NETinfoPAY and his focus is the use of technology in combating money laundering and other financial crime in the field of mobile payments. Harris is a Lawyer qualified under the Cyprus Bar Association and a member of the Cyprus ACAMS chapter.
Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance department at NETinfoPAY
International Business/Technology Lawyer - 20 years in practice. Licensed Litigator - Arbitrator(1997). ISO TC/307 Participant Focused on business and tax, tech and innovation, fintech&payments, banking innovation, tech-startups, IP&Licensing, data technology, analytics, protection & privacy, big/open data, internet law, cloud computing, DLTs, blockchain, digital currencies&crypto, Crowdinvesting, ICO|ITO|ΤΑΟ, IoT, machine learning/automation, AI, robotics. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/9d80e4246ce4ce7b4b4dc92e8/files/cafd044d-21d0-440e-a648-ce9e10978eae/Christiana_Aristidou.pdf Proven experience in managing complex business and technology legal projects and agreements involving multiple jurisdictions and a variety of legal and regulatory frameworks. Strong skills in localizing agreements. Worked extensively with the Silicon Valley. Deeply involved in Startups, directs, advises, mentors Entrepreneurs,Startups,Incubators/Accelerators,Fundraisers,Investors,Organisations,Local/EU Institutions and Committees(www.founderinstitute.com.,www.sportscientia.com.,www.pitch60.com., www.gravity.ventures.,www.otherdots.com) Specialties:Business, Tax,Technology, Intellectual Property,Data/Privacy, Financial Services /Payments, Banking/Finance,Corporate Financing,Securities, Investing/Venture Capital/Investment Agreements, Capital Markets, Mergers/Aquisitions/Takeovers/Joint Ventures, Alternative Financing/Crowdinvesting, Structuring/Management of International/Offshore Entities, Tax Law/Tax Planning, InformationCommunicationTechnology(ITC), Commercial Agreements,Technology Licensing, Internet, e-commerce,ConsumerLaw. Queen Mary College(University of London) Mentor. Member and mentor of the EWPN (European Women Payments Network) http://ewpn.eu/ Author,Speaker, Policy Influencer, Copywriter. Environmentally conscious. Socially responsible. Supporter of smart cities,financial inclusiveness,diversity and growth in fintech.
Partner & Innovation Leader at Democritos Aristidou & Co Law Firm
An experienced project manager across industries, with strong focus on project management methodologies (PMP® certified), tools and techniques. Customer-oriented and with analytical skills that can solve complex problems.
Country Manager Greece at Revolut
Mr. Alexis Evangelou is the Head of Technology and Digital Business Solutions Manager at Iron Mountain Cyprus and has an experience of 18 years in the Information Technology sector. He received his BSc in Computing and MSc in Business Computing from the University of Westminster in London. He started his carrier as a programmer, going through project manager and IT Manager roles in several companies. He joined Iron Mountain Cyprus in 2014 and in the last 4 years his focus has been in technical presales and professional services in the areas of Data and Information Management, Business Processes Management and Business Intelligence. He is leading a team of professional analysts, in meeting the business needs of Iron Mountain customers and ensure the team is delivering the Digital Solutions with repeatable quality and within the set deadlines.
Head of Technology and Digital Business Solutions Manager at Iron Mountain Cyprus