International speakers

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Author and Industry Commentator, www.thefinanser.com, UK

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Chris Skinner is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, and author of the bestseller Digital Bank and its sequel ValueWeb.

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David Birch

David Birch

Principal, 15Mb Ltd

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David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. Principal at 15Mb, his advisory company, he is the Global Ambassador for secure electronic transactions consultancy Consult Hyperion, Technology Fellow at London-based think tank the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School.

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Carolyn Homberger

Carolyn Homberger

Group President - Global Sales, ACI Worldwide

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Carolyn leads new business development with a team dedicated to connecting customers to ACI solutions designed to drive their profitability and success. These customers include large financial institutions, financial intermediaries, billers and merchants across the globe.

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Rob Tesoriero

Rob Tesoriero

Strategy Lead for Cards and Payments, Australia and NZ, IBM

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Rob is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience in Cards and Payments. He successfully established and managed a large-scale card issuing and acquiring processing facility, processing roughly 25% of scheme issuing and around 35% of scheme acquiring transactions in Australia. The facility also processes both issuing and acquiring for a large bank in New Zealand.

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Dr Steven Manos

Dr Steven Manos

Digital Technologist (Wood Nerd), Future Crunch

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Steven is a designer-maker, digital technologist, community facilitator and physicist. He works at the intersection of new digital technologies and community building, and is passionate about strengthening teams and organisations to work in new ways in the 21st century.

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Shasta Henry

Shasta Henry

Entomologist (Bug Nerd), Future Crunch

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Shasta is an entomologist, sceptic, futurist and science communicator. She is passionate about critical thinking and the truth. She loves insects because they are beautiful and useful; tiny yet complete working organisms, "like holding a galaxy the size of a marble in your hand."

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Scott Southall

Scott Southall

Managing Director, Head of Trade and Treasury Solutions AU/NZ, Citigroup

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Scott is a Managing Director and the Head of Citi’s Trade and Treasury Solutions (TTS) business for Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for all elements of strategy, product, sales, and service, and is also a member of the Executive Committee for Citi in Australia and New Zealand.

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Rob Baird

Rob Baird

Sales Director, Global Payments AU/NZ

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Rob joined Ezidebit in 2007 as General Manager of Sales and Marketing and became Sales Director in 2011. Global Payments Inc acquired both Ezidebit and eWAY, bringing together two successful fintech startups.

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Glenn Maguire

Glenn Maguire

Principal Asia Pacific Economist, VISA

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Glenn provides economic analysis, insights and forecasts of the region’s economics for Visa executive, country managers and clients. Based in Singapore, he heads the Asia Pacific Business and Economic Insights team with the key goal of deepening client engagement and thought leadership in payments and the consumer economy.

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Joni Brennan

Joni Brennan

President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

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Building upon 15 years of hands-on experience in Identity Access Management innovations and industry standards development, Joni helps the DIACC to fulfil its vision by organising Canadian market forces to unlock digital identity and authentication (DIA) economic opportunities for all Canadians.

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Ismail Chaib

Ismail Chaib

Chief Operating Officer, TESOBE / Open Bank Project

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Ismail is the Chief Operating Officer at TESOBE / Open Bank Project, where he has been leading strategy, and sales, marketing and day to day operations for the last 5 years.

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Grant De Leeuw

Grant De Leeuw

GM Europe and Global Sales Manager, Talking Tech (UK)

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Grant is an experienced business development and general manager specialising in the telecommunications and technology managed services sectors.

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Dr Leila Fourie

Dr Leila Fourie

CEO, AusPayNet

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With over 20 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments.

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Katrina Stuart

Katrina Stuart

Executive Manager, Engagement, New Payments Platform Australia Ltd

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Katrina is responsible for market engagement for NPP Australia, working with financial institutions, prospective Overlay Service providers and other interested parties to grow volumes on the platform.

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David Brown

David Brown

Head of Payments GSC APAC, Finastra

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David leads payments for Finastra in the Asia Pacific region and has worked in senior roles strategically advising banks including BOC, Citibank, HSBC, Barclays and many banks in this region (ANZ, Westpac, NAB, OCBC). He is part of Finastra’s APAC Global Supply Chain team.

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Jacqueline Fitzpatrick

Jacqueline Fitzpatrick

Managing Director, Australasia, Giesecke and Devrient Mobile Security

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Jakie has been at the helm of G+D Mobile Security Australia since January 2017 and as Managing Director provides dynamic and passionate leadership to her team and the Australasia market as they help shape one of the most important trends of the future; Security. G+D is a technology leader managing and securing billions of digital identities in a connected world.

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Paul Brisk

Paul Brisk

Co-founder of Digital Payments Asia-Pacific, & Director of PT Pembayaran Digital Indonesia

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Paul is one of the founders of Singapore-based Digital Payments Asia-Pacific, and Managing Director of its offshoot – Pembayaran Digital Indonesia. Both companies deliver knowledge-based services to payment ecosystem stakeholders to aid in the transformation to digital payments.

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Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

Research Director Australia & NZ, RFI Group

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As the Research Director - Australia and New Zealand, for global FS intelligence specialist RFi Group since 2012, Kate uses her quantitative and qualitative research skills to support the group’s research programmes across a range of topics and regions.

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Bill Doran

Bill Doran

Head of Oceania, SWIFT Asia Pacific

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Bill joined SWIFT’s commercial team in Sydney in 2004. During his time at SWIFT, he has developed a deep understanding of the payments and securities markets in Australia and New Zealand, and has held key roles in delivering SWIFT-based payment systems in both countries as well as supporting the evolution of automated clearing and settlement capabilities at ASX-Austraclear, ASX-CHESS and NZClear.

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Local speakers

Dr Oliver Hartwich

Dr Oliver Hartwich

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative

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Before joining The New Zealand Initiative, Dr Hartwich was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, the Chief Economist at Policy Exchange in London, and an advisor in the UK House of Lords.

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Matt Montgomery

Matt Montgomery

Head of Innovation, Auckland Council

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Matt has a doctorate and over 15 years’ experience integrating sustainability and innovation into projects and programmes in the built environment through systems approaches.

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Milos Randelovic

Milos Randelovic

Director of Product, Cloud Integration, Smartpay

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Milos is the Director of Product for Cloud Integration at Smartpay, a dual-listed (NZX/ASX) fintech payments company currently supplying over 35,000 EFTPOS terminals to more than 20,000 merchants across Australia and New Zealand.

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Maxine Elliott

Maxine Elliott

Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Paymark

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Maxine joined Paymark in 2017 as Chief Product and Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Paymark, Maxine was the Director of Wholesale, Corporate and Government for Vocus Communications NZ.

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Rick Brown

Rick Brown

Founder & CEO, Temver

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Rick is a freelance fintech growth advisor and innovation consultant to the financial services industry. He has spent the last 10 years in London working for payment startups including WEX (a VCN provider) and Modulr (an open banking platform).

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Simon Jensen

Simon Jensen

Partner, Buddle Findlay

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Simon provides legal and regulatory advice to banks, fintechs, credit card companies, other financial sector organisations and government. He has over 25 years’ involvement in the payments sector.

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Peter Muggleston

Peter Muggleston

Chief Information Officer, Foodstuffs North Island

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Peter joined Foodstuffs Auckland as Chief Information Officer in 2012 and was appointed Chief Information Officer at Foodstuffs North Island in 2013.

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Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Executive Chairman, KlickEx

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Robert is a technology entrepreneur focused on payments innovation and financial inclusion in the South Pacific. In 2006 he founded KlickEx, which went on to become the largest cross-border payments and real-time service based in the region. He formerly worked for HSBC in Global Banking and Markets, and was an energy trader with MRP.

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Jerome Faury

Jerome Faury

Group General Manager, Centrality

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Jerome was one of the founding members of Payment Express, turning it into one of the largest processors in AsiaPac, and transacting in excess of $40 billion per annum across 15,000 merchants. He has led a number of key innovations, including cashless vending, tokenisation, IP EFTPOS and direct to scheme / bank links.

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Nicole Buisson

Nicole Buisson

Small Business Director, Xero

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In her role, Nicole focuses on supporting New Zealand small businesses to grow through the use of cloud apps and access to the financial services they need to thrive. She has substantial experience in growth strategy, startup acceleration, business development and product development working across the software, telecommunications, finance and private equity industries.

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Greg Davidson

Greg Davidson

CEO, Datacom Group

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Greg has been in the IT industry his entire career, joining multimedia company Megabyte Graphics out of university in 1990. Founded during the era when print and design went digital, the company later became Terabyte Interactive and moved into interactive CD-ROM development and was an early leader in New Zealand web development.

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Hon Kris Faafoi

Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

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Hon Kris Faafoi was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mana in November 2010, following more than a decade working as a journalist at both TVNZ and the BBC. He is now the Minister for Civil Defence and Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as well as the Associate Immigration Minister.

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Geoff Bascand

Geoff Bascand

Deputy Governor & Head of Financial Stability, RBNZ

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As Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability at RBNZ, Geoff is responsible for the departments formulating and implementing policies to promote a sound and efficient financial system.

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Jon Pinkerton

Jon Pinkerton

Global Head of Strategy and Delivery, MYPINPAD

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Jon heads strategy and delivery for UK-based startup, MYPINPAD ltd, a global leader in secure software PIN entry and authentication technology solutions. With the recent release by PCI of the Software PIN Entry on COTS specification, demand for MYPINPAD's patented technology has been global and sees Jon working on projects across 3 continents.

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Dr Roy Davies

Dr Roy Davies

Director, Chief Research Officer & Co-founder, Imersia (NZ)

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Dr Roy Davies is a pioneer in the Mixed Reality field, with a career spanning 25 years in both academia and industry. This began in the early days of Virtual Reality bringing together Computer Science and Cognitive Science around usability in brain injury rehabilitation and participatory design at the University of Lund in southern Sweden. From there, he established the Flexible Reality Centre which is still in operation today.

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Carolyn Luey

Carolyn Luey

General Manager Enterprise Solutions and NZ, MYOB

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With more than 15 years’ experience in strategy, marketing, product management, business development and digital media, Carolyn joined MYOB in January 2017.

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Chris Lamers

Chris Lamers

CEO, FlexiGroup New Zealand

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Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of FlexiGroup New Zealand, an innovative financial services company that has been delivering smart, customer-centric financial solutions to New Zealanders for more than 40 years.

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Ruth Riviere

Ruth Riviere

Country Manager NZ & Pacific Islands, Mastercard

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Ruth joined MasterCard UK in 2012 and has held various roles across the organisation.

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Rose-Marie Nathan

Rose-Marie Nathan

Enterprise Sales Manager, Payment Express

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As Enterprise Sales Manager for Payment Express, Rose-Marie is a dynamic and focused professional who offers a fresh perspective for innovative, viable and valued payment solutions to current customers and new organisations.

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Nicola Sladden

Nicola Sladden

Banking Ombudsman, Banking Ombudsman Scheme

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Nicola has been the Banking Ombudsman since August 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution, including four as Deputy Banking Ombudsman.

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David Tripe

David Tripe

Associate Professor, Massey University

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As an Associate Professor, David teaches Banking and related material in the School of Economics and Finance at Massey University.

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Graeme Pyper

Graeme Pyper

Regional Director Aus & NZ, Gemalto Enterprise & Cybersecurity

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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

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Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin

CEO, Missing Link Consultants

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Kaila spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

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David Paterson

David Paterson

Head of Banking and Finance, Datacom

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David heads up a matrixed team at Datacom who take a vertical approach to the banking and finance sector. Having spent his first four years at Datacom overseeing their relationship with MBIE, David has more recently returned to his roots and has spent the last year setting up the vertical and helping the company adopt a “How does it feel for them” mentality about the sector.

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Steve Wiggins

Steve Wiggins

Chief Executive, Payments NZ

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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.

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Fintech Innovation Challenge Q&A panel

Dana McKenzie

Dana McKenzie

Chair, Dexibit

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Dana has been an angel investor for the past 10 years, in Switzerland and New Zealand. Leveraging expertise and networks acquired through her technology focused corporate career, she now contributes her insights in governance roles with startups and strategic mentoring.

Greg Sitters

Greg Sitters

Managing Partner, Matū

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Greg is the Managing Partner of Matū, an early stage venture fund and have been investing in startup and early stage companies for more than 15 years.

Conrad Morgan

Conrad Morgan

Chief Information Officer, Paymark

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In 2017 Conrad stepped into the Chief Information Officer role at Paymark after holding a number of senior positions. Conrad has over 17 years’ experience in the technology industry, working in the banking, security, accounting and telco sectors.

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Facilitators

Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver

Payments & fraud management specialist, Legacy Consulting

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Andrew is a payments and fraud management specialist with over 30 years’ hands-on management, strategic consultancy and systems development experience built throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Jane-Renee Retimana

Jane-Renee Retimana

GM Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Payments NZ

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Jane joined Payments NZ in 2012 and is on the company’s executive leadership team. She is responsible for setting and driving both company and industry payments system strategy.

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Master of ceremonies

Nadine Higgins

Nadine Higgins

MC

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Nadine Higgins (nee Chalmers-Ross) is a leading Kiwi business journalist, newsreader, presenter and MC. She also writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Star Times. Her background in broadcasting and business journalism means she can quickly get to grips with complex topics, moderate multi-person panels and think on her feet.

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