Judges Bios


  • Wendy Atkins (Head Judge)
  • Mark Austin – Visa Europe
  • Michel Barjansky – ex RATP
  • John Berry – European Commission (Research & Innovative Transport Systems) – retired
  • Paul Chamberlain – Association of Convenience Stores
  • Hank Chavers – Technical Program Manager, GlobalPlatform
  • Kevin Farquharson – Smart Card Networking Forum
  • Claire Maslen – GSMA
  • Kristian T. Sørensen  – Mobey Forum
  • Samee Zafar – Edgar Dunn

Wendy Atkins (Head Judge)

Wendy_100Wendy Atkins is a journalist and commentator in the global business sector. She is contributing editor with fDi Magazine, The Banker and This is Africa (all published by the Financial Times) where she is in frequent contact with leaders in her specialist areas of emerging markets, technologies and investment.

She has been writing about the smart card, payments and associated industries for more than 10 years, and is an editor with Contactless Intelligence, where she is responsible for turning the latest contactless developments into interesting and insightful stories. She is also editor of Security Document World, where she is in constant contact with suppliers and end-users of government issued security documents. She has authored White Papers and thought leadership documents for some of the major players in the smart cards, biometrics, mobile and financial industries.

Wendy has also been a member of previous judging panels for the SESAMES Awards at Cartes, Paris, and GSMA global mobile awards.

Mark Austin

Mark is Director, Innovation Product Development & Management and is responsible for managing Visa Europe’s contactless product range across Europe. Prior to this position he was Head of Consumer Credit for Visa Europe.

Mark is an experienced payments professional who joined Visa in 2006 from Lloyds TSB where he spent three years as Head of Credit Card Marketing. Prior to joining Lloyds TSB, he undertook a number of senior roles at Royal Bank of Scotland Cards. Mark began his career at HSBC, where he worked in both the retail network and the Credit Card business.

Mark is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and is also a member the Financial Services Forum.

Michel Barjansky

Michel is a graduate of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales. He joined RATP (French transport operator) in 1973 holding a variety of different posts over the years. Since 1992 he has been associated with the “Projet Telebillettique”, at RATP. That project, based on the Calypso specification, is now rolled out under the name of “Navigo”.

In 1998 he joined the SIT department and took responsibility for the development of services based on contactless technology; active in research, standardization, final development and commercial deployment. From 2002 he was head of the “Business Development” entity, in charge of technology based new products and services, in the Innovative Customer Technologies of the Engineering Department.  And in 2008 he was the “Innovation” Manager for the whole Engineering Department.

In October 2010 he retired, but remains associated with standardization and interoperability bodies for public transport and payment.

John Berry

John retired from the European Commission-DG MOVE in June 2014 after completing 24 years on transport policy. He worked on strategic policy development and for that gained considerable experience from working closely with key stakeholders, from EU and Member States’ institutions, political parties and organisations, business operators and service providers, international agencies and institutions, standardisation bodies as well as academia.

More recently he has become a member of the advisory board of ELUPEG, a not for profit organisation run by volunteers who are ‘evangelists for the cause of supply chain collaboration’. This explores the freight transport side of collaboration which compliments passenger transport facilitation.

Since July 2011 he has worked in the field on ‘Research and Innovation’ with the brief of developing the Horizon 2020 programme for ITS and Logistics and policy development on smart passenger transport ticketing. He was responsible for developing the impact assessment for the new Trans-European Transport Network and for freight transport logistics policy and research. He has been DG TREN/ DG MOVE’s technical expert on road vehicle engineering policy which included the vehicle roadworthiness programme, vehicle safety, biomechanics and environmental issues—he introduced seat belt and child restraint wearing into EU policy.

Prior to his work in Brussels he was a “Head of Unit” in the UK’s Department of Transport (Feb. 84 to Sept. 89) and was responsible for freight transport policy and, as head of the Chief Engineer’s office developed early energy conservation policy in road transport and hence gained an early appreciation of the CO2/global warming issue

John holds a BSc Hons. Mechanical Engineering and a BA Social Sciences from the Open University.

Paul Chamberlain


Recognised as the most prolific Convenience store visitor worldwide, Paul seeks best practise as a means of providing retailers and suppliers a shared experience as a key part of the Association of Convience Stores membership package.

Following a degree in business, Paul worked in retail and wholesale as well as a number of roles within the publishing industry.

Hank Chavers

Hank ChaversMr. Chavers joined GlobalPlatform as Technical Program Manager in 2014. He will play a key strategic role in supporting the technical committees, Advisory Council and task forces, providing assistance with meetings and development of white papers/requirements, and furthering the association’s business development efforts in the United States. Additionally, Mr. Chavers will support GlobalPlatform’s Technical and Executive Directors, as well as aiding the development of the association’s specifications. He will play an active role in improving industry knowledge of these specifications as a GlobalPlatform certified trainer.

Mr. Chavers has over 20 years of experience in the development, deployment and convergence of internet and mobile services. In his previous roles as a near field communication (NFC) specialist, he has overseen the production of proof-of-concept demonstrations for NFC enabling wireless technologies, provided technical management for the first ever implementation featuring two types of payment cards loaded in one secure element, crafted the market entry strategy for a Fortune 50 telecommunications firm to launch a new NFC service platform and led the NFC Forum Developer Workgroup and NFC Global Competition. Mr. Chavers is also the co-author of ‘NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel,’ an IATA and NFC-Forum joint publication and served as Technical Editor for the book ‘Professional NFC Application Development for Android’.

Kevin Farquharson 

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. He has over 25 years wide-ranging experience successfully implementing and managing multi-million pound IT programmes and projects. He applies his extensive experience to minimise risks, save money, reduce leadtimes and ensure delivery of effective schemes and customer propositions.

Kevin studied Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he gained a Master’s degree. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET. He is Chair of the Smart Card Networking Forum for Local Government and a regular contributor to ITSO, Transport Card Forum and SCNF events.

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 has helped his clients increase business revenues and reduce costs by £millions. 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.

His recent assignments include Nottingham Trams’ award winning off tram ticketing project, Norfolk Smart Ticketing Managed Service, DfT smart ticketing team, introduction of Glasgow SPT contactless tickets, European MobiWallet project and Eco Rewards scheme for green travel choices.

Claire Maslen

claire_maslen_1With over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the telecoms industry, Claire has developed a thought leadership position on m-commerce and identity, and is a subject matter expert on NFC. Working with mobile operators, regulators & policy makers, banks, payment networks and Fintech companies at the GSMA, Claire is passionate about fostering collaboration to deliver innovative mobile consumer experiences.

Claire was responsible for defining the product and technology strategy for NFC within O2, and led Telefonica’s entry into the market of Near Field Communications. She launched and managed the successful O2 Wallet NFC trial in London, and was the creator and advocate of O2’s contactless vision.

At the GSMA, Claire is responsible for market development, and as such is a regular speaker and contributor at major industry conferences and events. As a key media spokesperson for NFC and mobile commerce throughout her career, Claire regularly collaborates with journalists and analysts in both trade and consumer PR.

Claire has been recognised in the industry with various awards including: PC Pro Top Ten Women in Tech 2011, Mobile Magazine Power 50, Mobile Awards Key Influencer 2009. She is passionate about GSMA’s Connected Women Initiative, and she created the ‘Women in Technology’ programme at O2. Claire lobbies regularly with central government leading to policy and legislation improvement for mobile commerce.

Kristian T. Sørensen 


Founding partner in Norfico – the Nordic’s first advisory and communications agency specialised in Fintech. Kristian’s work within financial services has made him an acknowledged fintech thought leader and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

Prior to joining Norfico, Kristian served four years in various strategic positions within Nets, where he lead the strategic development related to Nets’ mobile services across the Nordic countries as well as advising Nordic banks on the strategic options for mobile payments.

Since 2010 Kristian has participated in Mobey Forum – the leading global association for mobile financial services, and has been an active contributor to the production of Mobey Forum’s mobile wallet and HCE white papers. He was awarded honorary membership in 2016 for his contribution to the organisation.

Samee Zafar

Samee is a director in the London office of Edgar, Dunn and Company, a global management consulting firm. Samee has advised clients in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

He focuses on advanced payments consulting advising banks, mobile operators, and payment service providers on internet and mobile commerce / payments. His expertise includes competitive strategy, operations improvement, financial management, and risk management. He has also advised clients on several M & A transactions within the financial services sector.

Previously he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Visa in New York and London. He has written widely on emerging trends in financial services, technologies, and related areas and also writes a regular blog: https://sameeblog.wordpress.com.