Forum Speakers

Daniel Augustin

Daniel AugustinDaniel is a PhD student and member of the work group Identity Management at the Freie Universität in Berlin. The work group ID Management researches design, implementation and evaluation of secure software, as well as IT systems. The focus is always to provide usable security. Daniel researches, in particular, secure derived identities on smartphones, smart watches and other mobile devices. Prior to his employment at the Freie Universität, Daniel spent the last 10 years as a software developer and deputy director of a company, developing equipment for the defense sector. Here he gained valuable experience with regard to the need for combining security and usability.

Erik Baele

Erik_BaeleSince 2012, Erik has been General Manager of BMC – Belgian Mobility Card, a company jointly owned and governed by the 4 Belgian Operators of Public Transport, created with the mission to develop a common smart card ticketing system between the Belgian Public Transport Operators.

Before this time, Erik was IT manager at STIB (La Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles), in charge of projects, development and operations within the business critical IT systems, including new MoBIB and the old magnetic ticketing, regulation of traffic, passenger information, fleet management and security of the Brussels metros, trams and buses.

Erik is also active in Calypso Network Association (CNA) as treasurer.

Liz Coode

Liz CoodeLiz has a wealth of payments experience, having worked for Creditcall for fifteen years and is now Head of Payment Services. Joining the company from a telecoms background in 2001 (having spent the first ten years of her working life in catering, which she refers to as ‘great training for handling ten impossible deadlines simultaneously while everyone’s yelling ’) she has led the company’s PSP sales for over a decade, during which time the company has grown from under a dozen people to almost a hundred.

Liz’s role includes direct sales working with larger clients with complex projects and a market lead approach helping to ensure Creditcall’s PSP solutions are available and suited to as many customers, integrators and manufacturers as possible.

Laurent Cremer

Laurent_CramerLaurent Cremer has held the position of Executive Director of OSPT Alliance since its formation in 2011. He has successfully driven awareness of the alliance, secured key partnerships within the public transport ecosystem and engaged new members to join and contribute to the work of the body.

Within his role Laurent liaises directly with the OSPT Alliance Board and members to coordinate and implement its strategic vision. He works across its various working groups to advance objectives and represents the alliance externally at industry meetings and conferences globally.

Laurent joined the OSPT Alliance with more than 20 years’ experience working within the smartcard and RFID sector across the telecom, transportation, banking and ID markets.

Sue Dawes

Sue DawesSue Dawes is UK Programme Manager for Open Identity Exchange, a non-profit trade organisation of leading competitors from competing business sectors focused on building the volume and velocity of trusted transactions online. Responsible for managing and co-ordinating UK operations, including the considerable number of discovery and alpha projects through the directed funding programme by OIX Executive member Cabinet Office, in support of the Identity Assurance programme (GOV.UK Verify).

Sue brings extensive experience working with international and UK based membership organisations coupled with a background of European marketing communications and event management roles for technical companies.

Salim Dhanani

Salim DhananiSalim, as Director of Business Development (EMEA), is responsible for Carta Worldwide’s commercial growth initiatives within the EMEA region covering, both, the digital enablement and core processing verticals.

Before joining Carta in 2013, Salim started his career working on economic development projects led by the World Bank Group in various parts of Latin America. Later, he worked as an associate with a small-cap private equity fund focused on emerging markets. Salim holds a degree in Economics and International Development from the University of Toronto.

Kevin Farquharson 

Kevin_100Kevin 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.

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 is also  Chair of the Smart Card Networking Forum for Local Government and a regular contributor to ITSO, Transport Card Forum and SCNF 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.

Paco Garcia 

Paco GarciaPaco, Yoti CTO, has a background in the space industry; he worked at the European Space Agency and Airbus in the classified secure testing of the constellation of satellites for the Galileo navigation system and the assembly, integration and testing of the fifth satellite payload. He’s been involved in the cryptography and security aspects of military telecommunications satellites.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science & Telecommunications from Malaga University & Virginia Tech.

Dr. Rolf Lindemann

rolf_lindemannRolf is senior director of Product and Technology at Nok Nok Labs and brings more than 15 years of experience in product management, R&D and operations from the IT security industry.  He has contributed to numerous FIDO specifications and has been a frequent speaker at industry events.

Prior to Nok Nok Labs Rolf worked as Senior Director Product Management in the user authentication group at Symantec where he was responsible for research and product strategy on device authentication in smart grids and mobile networks.

Before Symantec’s acquisition of TC TrustCenter, he was Executive Director Product Strategy at TC TrustCenter GmbH. Appointed to that position in 2009 he was responsible for analyzing market trends and aligning the overall product portfolio to new market opportunities.

Serge Llorente

Serge LlorenteSerge is Director of Mobile Connect for Orange. With over 25 years of experience first in the CADCAM industry (Dassault System) and later Telecoms (Orange), Serge has been leading many IT projects covering Storage Architecture master plans, home network management and mobile connectivity solutions or SIM management tools. Mobile Connect is totally aligned with Orange’s ambition of improving the customer’s digital experience and Serge has been managing all phases of this project to make it live in a growing number of countries across the Orange footprint. Another very important and rewarding part of this endeavor has been the fruitful co-operation between the other MNOs and the GSMA, to make Mobile Connect a global and cross-MNO solution for authentication.

Nick Mackie

Nick_MackieNick Mackie is Head of Contactless and Mobile Point-of-Sale at Visa Europe. With many years of experience in the creation and commercialization of value-added technology service solutions, Nick currently runs Visa’s contactless product team. Nick and his team are responsible for liberating the full potential of the contactless proposition focusing on strategic sector development and delivery of new product offerings.

Prior to his current role Nick worked as Senior Product Manager of Contactless, focusing on new applications for contactless payments in the transit and travel sectors. Nick was Visa’s product and project lead in delivery of Transport for London’s groundbreaking contactless rollout.

Before joining Visa, Nick was Head of Business Development at Vianet Group.



Sébastien Piolat

Sebastien PiolatSébastien joined the FinTech company Smartlink SA in 2013 and has moved across the company contributing in technical and business roles. He leads in his current role innovation projects related to contactless, payment, and wearables. As part of his business development role, he represents Smartlink during exhibitions and among Smartlink’s partner organizations. Now, his main focus is driving the evolution of the Contactless Companion Platform (CCP) in order to make any contactless service accessible from any device.

Sébastien has an Engineer’s degree in Computer Science.

David Pollington

David PollingtonDavid is the Head of Applications & Services at the GSMA, focussing currently on GSMA’s strategic programme, Personal Data which through the Mobile Connect initiative is bringing a portfolio of identity services to market with Mobile Operators worldwide to make it easier for consumers to manage their identity online.

Prior to joining the GSMA David was part of the Vodafone R&D leadership, instrumental in driving many of the key technology transitions across the industry as mobile devices evolved from pure telephony devices to the smartphones of today and generating new revenue opportunities for Vodafone in fields such as data analytics.

David graduated from Imperial College, London with a Masters degree (MEng) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and has more than 20 years’ experience in the mobile industry.

Dr. Steve Purser

Steve_PurserSteve started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. He joined ENISA in December 2008 and is currently responsible for all operational activities of the Agency.

Steve is currently a member of several Steering Boards and Advisory Committees, including notably the Steering Board of the CERT EU and the Programme Board of the EU Cyber Crime Centre. In the area of standards, he is the ENISA representative on the ISO SC 27 working group. As Head of Core Operations, he regularly represents ENISA in international conferences on information security.

Michelle Salway

michelle_salwayMichelle is Senior Director of Sales (EMEA) at Nok Nok Labs and has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, with the last 15 years focused on Information Security in high tech sales and products.  Before joining Nok Nok Labs, Michelle spent the previous 5 years as sales and product specialist in Identity and Authentication services for Symantec, and has managed sales organisations in EMEA for PGP TrustCenter and TC TrustCenter.

Prior to that, she was Head of Government sales for Betrusted in the UK, and before moving to the UK was GM of Sales at 90East, a Managed Security Services company in Australia. She left her native New Zealand in 2000 after working with both Systems Integrators and Network Services Providers there.

Frank Smith

Frank SmithFrank chairs e-MOBIDIG, the EU working group on mobile solutions for law enforcement (police, borders, etc.) – a sub-group of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS).

Frank has represented the UK in European and other international forums including the EU committee on chip security standards for passports, and the Management Board of eu-LISA, the European agency for large IT systems in justice and home affairs. He worked for 37 years in the UK Home Office covering technical and policy work, new legislation and business change. He has been Private Secretary to the Immigration Minister, and has worked operationally for Border Force in the reserve team of managers able to undertake front-line border duties.

Peter Sokolovski

Peter SokolovskiPeter is CEO of Udobniy Marshrut LLC, a Russian transportation company. His focus on IT within the transportation sector began with the Moscow Underground project in 1999; his company participated in the development of the Moscow Social Card and issued more than 6 million contactless bank cards with a transport application. In 2006 Peter led the launch of their first full scale transportation project in Russia: an Automated Fare Collection System called “Getfare”. It is now used in 45 cities across Russia, covering all types of public transport – subway, buses, trolleybuses and trams.

Peter is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Electronic machinery and worked as an IT manager in the Russian smart card manufacturer “Rosan Finance” until 1999.

Kristian T. Sørensen

Kristian-high-resFounding 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.

Jörg Suchy

joerg_suchyJörg is Associate Director Strategic Business Development Chip Card, NFC and Bio-Processor for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with Samsung Semiconductor Europe. He represents the Samsung Smart Card and NFC Controller domain throughout the entire market value chain, presents Samsung’s Vision and Market Trends as a speaker at key industry events and has contributed in the development of several white papers.

Before joining Samsung in 2002, 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. In 1993, Jörg graduated in electrical engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Michel Venet

Michel VenetMichel is currently Digital Identity Director at GIE SESAM-Vitale which manages the billing process of the French private ambulatory care sector. He is an executive level manager of international companies developing high-technology products.

Michel has co-founded Wiz4com, an independent mobile phone design house, and created its Chinese subsidiary. Before Wiz4com, Michel was the Vice President of Product Development at Cellon EMEA, the leader at that time of the independent mobile phone design houses. He started his career as project manager of command and control systems both for the civilian and the military sector.

Michel holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an Engineering Graduate from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Steve Wakeland

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 in 2011 as Governance Manager to lead compliance through the implementation of policies and procedures across the ITSO membership. Steve became General Manager of ITSO Limited in January 2015.

Steve Warne

Steve WarneSteve Warne is the Director of Solutions Marketing, Government ID Solutions with HID Global, where he is responsible for the product and solution strategy related to the development of the company’s global government ID business. Steve has more than 14 years of experience in the government identity market encompassing various sales and technical development roles at HID Global/Aontec Teo (Aontec Teo was acquired by HID Global in 2007) and Payne Security.

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.