Advisory Board

Contactless Intelligence would like to thank the below members of the Advisory Board for their assistance with the Conference Agenda.

Kevin Farquharson: Smartran 

Kevin is a highly experienced Programme Manager and Consultant in the uses and applications of smart media. He is particularly knowledgeable about payment applications, mobile technology, contactless cards, smart ticketing, resident cards and university card schemes. His recent clients include DfT, Merseyrail, Multipass, Glasgow SPT, University of the Arts, EU Mobiwallet and London Mayor’s office.

Kevin is Managing Director of Smartran which he founded in 2003. He has gained his experience in Government, Transport, Local Authority, Oil & Gas, Finance, Utility and Technology sectors. He was Chair of the Smart Card Networking Forum for Local Government and is a regular contributor to ITSO, Transport Card Forum meetings and industry events. Prior to Smartran, Kevin was a consulting manager for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and originally began his career as a System Engineer for BT’s Major Accounts team.

Dr. Ralph Gambetta: CNA

Ralp_GambettaManaging Director of Temco GmbH, Ralph has a management and politics background with a Ph.D., as well as a strong involvement in the transportation sector. Before joining Temco GmbH in 1997, he was active in various transport companies such as German Railway, International Railway Union (UIC) and RATP (Paris metro and bus operator). Projects have included the successful smart card project CALYPSO and SINCE project.

Since 2005 he has been in charge of promotion at Calypso Networks Association (CNA) and the deployment of smart ticketing schemes. Recently his function at CNA was extended to General Secretary. He is also a member of the German standardisation committee of information technology and smart cards and vice chair of the Smart Ticketing Alliance.

Ian Shayler: The UK Cards Association

Ian_Shayler[1]Ian joined The UK Cards Association in Card Payments Policy in August 2006 and works on a wide variety of policy areas. He facilitated discussion between the cards and transit industry to develop a contactless transaction acceptance model for Transport for London’s recent launch of contactless. This was followed by a three year programme to bring together the customer / cardholder experiences that met the needs of both industries.

Ian worked for NatWest and then The RBS Group for seventeen years in Small Businesses, the Retail Bank and New Product Development and what is now WorldPay for the last four years.

Chris Shire: Infineon Technologies

Chris_ShireChris Shire has a background in security technologies and semiconductor hardware. He joined Infineon (then Siemens) in 1998 in the Chipcard & Security business line, with many years experience in the industry.

His current focus of activity is on projects in the government and finance sectors. He is active on several advisory committees helping to set standards for the UK, and support new security solutions.

Chris is an active member of the IET, Intellect, UK Smart Card Club and has been a guest lecturer for several years on the RHUL Msc course on Smart Card Security. He has written several articles on security technology and contributed to textbooks on the subject.

Kristian T. Sørensen: Norfico

Kristian-high-resKristian’s work within financial services has made him an acknowledged fintech thought leader and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. He is ranked on Rise Global’s “100 most influential people in fintech” and was shortlisted by PayExpo for the 2016 “Payments Power 10”.

Prior to joining Norfico, Kristian served four years in various strategic positions within Nets, where he led the strategy development for Nets’ mobile services across the Nordics. During the same period, Kristian also spent significant time advising Nordic banks about the strategic options for mobile payments.

Since 2010, Kristian has participated in Mobey Forum and has been an active contributor to the forum’s white papers. In 2016, Kristian was awarded honorary membership for “outstanding contribution” to the organisation.

Before Nets, he worked 10 years for the Danish bank Nykredit moving from managing online banking, over mobile banking to mobile payments.

Steve Wakeland: ITSO

Steve_WakelandSteve has worked in technology risk management and information security at various industrial and financial services organisations for over 30 years.

He joined ITSO Limited late in 2011 as Governance Manager to lead compliance through the implementation of policies and procedures across the ITSO membership.

Since becoming General Manager of ITSO in January 2015 Steve has focussed on increasing the resilience of the organisation by strengthening the team, improving technology and supporting processes. More recently he has steered the company’s focus towards future-based technologies, including mobile and account-based ticketing.