Speaker Bios – 2012

Ram Banerjee

Ram has a passion for Smart Card technology especially when applied to Payments, Loyalty and ID.  He has co-founded several companies including ACT – the UK’s largest supplier of Transit ticketing systems.

He joined the Java Card group at Sun Microsystems in 2004. In his four years as head, Java Card shipments grew four-fold to 1.2 Billion units a year with a corresponding increase in revenue. In 2008, he founded Globe-Smart as a specialist smart card consultancy providing advice to major organizations such as the European Bioinformatics Institute for the protection of their Human Genome database and the Environment Agency on Carbon Trading access platforms. Since 2010 he has devoted much of his time to TransAxiom, a UK start-up dedicated to bringing true electronic cash to mobiles using novel and patented technologies.

Rene Batsford

Rene has over 15 years experience in the Retail, Manufacturing and Entertainment Industries. Rene has worked for such leading brands such as Molton Brown Cosmetics and EAT where he holds his present position as Head of ICT.

Arguably Rene’s biggest project to date was delivering the IT Strategy and infrastructure for the world renowned “The O2” as European IT Director for Anschutz Entertainment Group.  Rene’ is a key supporter of emerging technologies such as contactless payment and mobile loyalty.  Rene is regularly invited to give key note speeches on technology by the likes of VISA, Barclaycard, Gartner and Google.  Rene is currently working on bringing to the UK the first fully integrated loyalty and payment solution for EAT, using contactless and mobile technology.

Rene has won numerous awards in his career most notably the 2008 European Retail award for Payment Solutions for his work on contactless payment and followed this up with 3 awards for the 2009 & 2011 Contactless Intelligence Awards for contactless payment.

Anthony Belpaire

Anthony is managing Alliances for the Alcatel-Lucent mCommerce Business Unit.  Alcatel-Lucent mCommerce supplies solutions to telecom operators to enhance the monetization of their subscriber communities via mobile advertising and  payments.  

Prior his current role, Anthony managed within Alcatel-Lucent  the  Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Wallet Service product line within the mCommerce portfolio, providing turnkey mobile money solutions to operators and enterprises in developed and underbanked countries.

Prior joining Alcatel-Lucent, Anthony headed a number of start-ups in the online media and IT security domain from start to exit as Certipost, Info2clear and GlobalSign. He started his career as Investment analyst at the innovation holding of a leading Belgian Publisher Corelio.

Anthony Belpaire has a Master in Telecommunications and graduated from the University of Ghent (Belgium). Upon completion, he undertook further studies on AI at the University of Valencia (Spain) and Intelligent Agents at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Ashley Bolser

Ashley has worked in marketing and technology for over 25 years, for the last 10 years with his own business – Bolser.

He has helped major brands understand, embrace and launch new technology, in the early days showcasing the internet to the British Library and (unsuccessfully) to Mail order companies, also launching Barclays PC Banking, a precursor to web based banking. Ashley has been involved in mobile for the last 14 years, developing Wap sites and services and working with the team that launched O2. He also helped ASDA to launch its MVNO with Vodafone, more recently working with brands globally to deliver apps to a vast array of mobile devices.

Bolser devised the concept of “T@g” for Sony Entertainment Europe, an Augmented Reality graffiti game which runs on the newly launched PS Vita game console, the game launches in the summer. During 2011, Bolser, worked with Nokia to develop NFC-hub.com to allow simple and straightforward access to NFC tools and technology for individuals and businesses. Work includes a treasure hunt in Hong Kong and Visitor interpretation for  the Museum of London.

“ I believe that NFC allows consumers and companies a really simple way to get more out of mobile and retail experiences. NFC works like magic with the phone to provide another layer of interaction, understanding or service. Consumers will take to the technology once it is incorporated in to the handsets!”

Richard Braham

Richard joined the British Retail Consortium (BRC) in June 2010 and is policy lead on distance selling, consumer credit and retail payments.

He previously worked at the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where he held various policy and communications role – focused on the role of innovation and technology as a driver of growth. Prior to that, Richard worked in a political consultancy in the property and development industry, as the Parliamentary Researcher in a MPs House of Commons office and for a non-governmental organisation.

 Johan Bygdén

Johan is Manager of New Technology at SAS Product Strategy & Development. After finishing the degree at Royal institute of Technology M.Sc 1987 and Ph.D in 1993, Johan joined SAS in 1994. After the development of SAS’ first SMS service in 1998, Johan’s focus was set for mobile services.

SAS mobile services are highly appreciated by the customer and include services for check in and information during traffic irregularities. Today 13% of SAS´ customers worldwide are using this channel to check in.

In 2011 SAS developed and implemented SAS Smart Pass in Sweden. Smart Pass is an NFC sticker solution that is used at various touch points at the airports instead of a boarding pass. During 2012 SAS will extend the Smart Pass concept for travel within Scandinavia and from Scandinavia to countries within Schengen.

James Davlouros

James is Vice President – Mobile Business Development, Europe working for the European Market Development Group. He is responsible for business development of mobile payments programs across Europe. He is based in London, UK.

James joined MasterCard in 2007 with over 10 years of banking and financial experience as well as over 10 years of Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence. Prior to his current role, he headed the Professional Services/ Product Specialists team at VeriFone Europe and the European mobile team at Brokat and First Data. He was responsible for the deployment of many regional as well as global mobile and financial programs and services.

A computer scientist by profession, James began his career with the National Research Council of Canada and then joined the Canadian Space Agency working on research in Artificial Intelligence on some key government projects.

James holds a Bachelor in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Concordia University in Montreal.

Alun Edwards

Alun has worked for the past two years as Venue Operations Controller in the Coca-Cola London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Senior Project Team. 

He is responsible for all Olympic venues across the whole UK that are outside the Olympic Park and responsible for delivering the total chilled equipment & technology solution that is to be used across the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Alun has worked in a number of roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd in his sixteen year career gaining key cross functional experience and delivering results across Sales, Marketing, People Management, National Account Management, Operations and Technology & Innovation.

Alun is a Business Graduate and started his career at John Menzies Ltd (WHSmith) in Retail Management.

Rupert Englander 

Rupert has worked in the mobile telecoms industry since 2000, following 6 years working in fixed line telecommunications. 

Rupert held a number of domestic and international roles within T-Mobile and more recently at Three UK, predominantly centered around New Product Development and bringing and marketing  new mobile services to market. Achievements include, the UK’s first downloadable games service (the original apps service!), the UK’s most successful mobile music service and the UK’s first simultaneous TV broadcast channel to mobile.

In June 2010 Rupert became Head of Services Sales & Marketing at Nokia UK&I (now West Europe) and has been responsible for ensuring consistent leadership and direction for service launch, adoption and engagement for Nokia’s suite of services. In addition he has led the innovation function of the UK business to ensure recognition and interest for the pioneering work Nokia does in mobile. This includes the creation and introduction of the Nokia backed NFC-Hub platform.

Elke Fischer

Elke Fischer joined VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG in 2006 and has worked in the field of Electronic Ticketing since 1997. She is currently Head of Application Management and certification.

In this role Elke is responsible for the specifications for the eTicket Germany and the further development of the Standard “VDV-Core Application”. She has been responsible for building up the test lab and test procedures for the certification of system components in eTicket Germany Fare Management Systems.

In previous roles, Elke has project managed: the design of the operation control centre of the Berlin Subway; computerised Control System for Public Transport Fleet Management; the design of Public Transport Passenger Information Systems and the set up of Requirements for Implementation of new media and communication technologies in Electronic Ticketing Systems and the  determination of development requirements for HandyTicketing solutions.

Elke holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering.

Dr. Neil Garner

Chief Executive and Founder of Proxama, Neil has a wealth of experience in contactless technology. He passionately believes in using emerging technologies to create valuable services for real people which hide the technology and give the consumer control.

Proxama is a next generation mobile commerce company that specialises in NFC mobile contactless payments and NFC marketing. Proxama’s NFC platform, which supports all NFC handsets and mobile OSs, connects the physical and digital worlds, allowing individuals to receive offers, connect with brands and make payments through their NFC phone. Our mobile wallet and marketing platform enables, card issuers, MNOs and handset manufacturers to rapidly launch NFC payment services and marketing campaigns.

Tom Gregory

Tom is responsible for the digital payments at Barclaycard UK, including NFC / mobile payments, online payments, and adjacent areas in the payments cycle. He was previously Head of Change at the card company, tasked with overhauling the merchant acquiring, commercial and international lending and issuing business, which included integrating 1.5 million Goldfish card customers into Barclaycard’s operations.

Prior to joining the firm he worked at First Caribbean Bank in 2003 where he oversaw the merger of Barclays Caribbean and CIBC to create the new entity.

Markus Lobmaier

Markus Lobmaier is the founder and CEO of Kadona, a globally oriented NFC technology venture, operating the leading secure single-point-of-contact NFC platform for the retail industry.

Markus has always been striving to pioneer innovative paths in business. Before focusing on NFC in 2009 he worked for 5 years as Regional Manager Austria and CEE for YOC Group. In this position he drafted and executed ground-breaking new mobile marketing strategies for international clients like Samsung, Masterfoods and Coca Cola. Prior to this challenge Markus was Country Manager Austria of Pilot 1/0, a German agency group creating forefront digital advertising campaigns.
He also gathered extensive experience in the internet economy being responsible for web 2.0 social media campaigns, the creation of new content formats and interactive portal development.

Markus graduated from the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication of WKW Austria.

Claire Maslen

Claire is the Senior Market Development Manager for O2 Money, Telefonica UK Limited.

Since 2007, Claire has been leading O2’s entry into the market of Near Field Communications. Claire was responsible for the launch and management of the successful O2 Wallet NFC trial in London and subsequent positioning of strategy and vision for Contactless services. As O2 continues to invest in the development of m-Commerce and Contactless, Claire’s focus now is on driving the wider eco-system to create the demand for these new and exciting services.

Previously within O2 she has worked in the Technology Directorate where she enjoyed success with responsibility for delivery of data products and services for Tesco Mobile and O2’s 3G network.

Prior to 2002 when Claire joined O2, her background was in data networking, most significantly with Cisco, where she spent five years deploying telco networks for customers including Orange, Telecom Italia, KPN, Telenor and BT with the Colossus Project.

Dr. Simon Rice 

Simon Rice became the Principal Policy Adviser (Technology) at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in February 2011, with responsibility to lead and develop the technical and information security expertise within the office. Simon achieves this by advising on the technical aspects of complaints received and data breach investigations. He also monitors the technology environment to identify the developments which may impact on information rights.

Between 2005 and 2011, Simon was a database and software developer at the Health and Safety Laboratory, the principal source of scientific support for the Health and Safety Executive.

Prior to joining the Health and Safety Laboratory, Simon studied for his PhD at the University of Manchester in the field of data mining. His research utilised a range of machine learning techniques to extract information from large collections of numeric and textual data.

Jörg Suchy

Jörg is Senior Manager Strategic Business Development Chip Card and Near Field Communication (NFC) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Samsung Semiconductor Europe GmbH. Jörg joined Samsung in 2002 as Marketing Manager Microcontrollers EMEA.. Since 2007, he’s been responsible for the Strategic Business Development Chip Card and NFC-CLF, covering smartcard IC for Telecommunication (SIM), Machine – To – Machine (M2M), Near Field Communication (SWP-UICC), Finance, Security and Identification operations.

Jörg represents Samsung Semiconductor Europe in the OSPT Alliance,  Eurosmart  Chip to Cloud Security Forum and NFC World Program Committees.

Before joining Samsung, Jörg started his career in 1994 at the Semiconductor Production of Philips RHW in Hamburg. In 1997, he joined NEC Electronics (Germany) GmbH in Düsseldorf as Field Sales Engineer for ASICs and Microcontroller for strategic OEM Accounts and, later on, Distribution Channels.

In 1993, Jörg graduated in electrical engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Juergen Spaenkuch

Having the Background of Business Oriented Computer Science, Juergen has been in the Semiconductor Industry for 15 years and currently holds the position as Vice President and General Manager for Platform Security within the Chip Card and Security Division of Infineon Technologies AG. Platform Security provides solutions for the increasing demand of security on system level. The solutions are based on a security model that provides a comprehensive Root Of Trust in a system. Hardware based security at platform level allows simple and cost-effective integration of security sensitive software code and significantly increases flexibility in development and design.

Before joining the Chip Card and Security Division, Juergen held positions within the Automotive Division and the Communication Division of Infineon Technologies for several years each.

Karen Walsh

Karen is Head of Financial Services at Everything Everywhere (EE), the UK’s largest communications company which run the Orange and T-Mobile brands. EE is a leader in this sector, having introduced the UK’s first mobile contactless payments service in conjunction with Barclaycard in 2011. 

Karen has played a leading role in developing 1st-party branded financial services at EE, which includes the Orange Credit Card and Orange Cash prepaid card. She is responsible for evolving these services and developing EE’s 1st-party mobile payments services, which are in production currently and are expected to launch later this year.

Karen’s team also looks after the operations and sales and marketing of financial services at EE.

Jukka Yliuntinen

Jukka, Global Head of NFC Solutions, leads the NFC team at Giesecke & Devrient. He joined G&D in the beginning of 2011 from G&D subsidiary Venyon, where he was responsible the last four years on driving Trusted Service Manager sales. 

Jukka has 17 years experience on smart cards and related solutions, payment and telecommunications technologies and businesses. He has presented papers and given presentations on numerous mobile, payment and identification conferences world-wide.