Speakers at the Citi & Imperial College London Symposium
Head of Commercial and Strategy
Claire Alexandre is Head of Commercial and Strategy within the M-PESA team of Vodafone Group. She supported the development of the M-PESA proposition early on, as she was in charge of Vodafone financial services regulation and policy, among other public policy positions. More recently, Claire was a Senior Program Officer for Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has hence been at the forefront of enabling the development of new mobile financial service schemes.
Global Head of Digital Strategy
Greg has held a number of senior technology, consulting and business leadership roles across Asia, Europe and North America. He is currently Global Head of Digital Strategy at Citi, where he leads digital strategy across all Citi's businesses and geographies. Prior to joining Citi, Greg was a Partner and UK Board member at Booz & Company, a leading general management consulting firm, where he held a range of institution and business leadership roles across the financial services, public sector and technology practices. Greg has been a regular speaker on the role of digital technology, and the impact of disruptive innovation on business. Greg is a council (board) member of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), a leading international affairs think tank.
Greg is a dual Australian/UK Citizen, and is currently based in New York. He studied at Monash, Melbourne and Oxford universities, and holds a BAppSc and MBA.
President, International Markets
Ann Cairns is president, International Markets for MasterCard Worldwide, responsible for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside of the United States. As a member of the company's Executive Committee and based in London, England, Ms. Cairns leverages the company's seamless global structure and presence to the benefit of all stakeholders.
Ms. Cairns brings more than 20 years of experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the U.S., running global retail and investment banking operations. Prior to joining MasterCard in August 2011, Ms. Cairns was a managing director and head of the Financial Industry Services group for Europe with Alvarez & Marsal in London. From 2008 to 2011, Cairns led the European team managing the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process.
Previously, Ms. Cairns was chief executive officer, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO in London, where she managed a global business with over 5 billion euros in revenue in 50 countries, covering the commercial, retail and financial institutions segments, and reported to the Group Board and served on the bank's Executive Committee.
Prior to joining ABN-AMRO, Ms. Cairns spent 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup, including chief operating officer, e-Business, where she led U.S., European and Japanese operations. Ms. Cairns also served as Trustee of Charity Bank in the UK.
At the start of her career, Ms. Cairns spent time as an award-winning research engineer, culminating as the head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas. Managing a team of 50 plus engineers, Ms. Cairns was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.
Ms. Cairns received a B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University and an M.Sc in Statistics from Newcastle University, U.K.
Chief Technology & Operations Officer
Don Callahan is the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Technology & Operations Officer for Citi.
Professor David Gann
CBE Deputy Principal, Research and Business Engagement
Imperial College Business School
David Gann holds the Chair in Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a PhD in Industrial Economics. He previously held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Innovative Manufacturing at Sussex University. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to engineering.
Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen
Better Than Cash Alliance
Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director of the Better Than Cash Alliance joined the organization in November 2012. Ruth is responsible for accelerating the global shift from cash to electronic payments by calling on governments, private sector leaders, multilateral and bilateral donors, U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations that are committed to a transformational shift from cash to electronic payments. Specifically, Ruth works closely with the governments of Colombia, Kenya, Peru, and the Philippines, and the development organizations USAID, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, CARE USA and Concern Worldwide to encourage the digitisation of disbursements and payments to people living in poverty. Please click here for an overview of the Better than Cash Alliance.
Prior to joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, Ruth was the AusAID Adviser on Financial Services for the Poor and the Financial Inclusion Adviser to the Australian Co-Chair of the G20 Financial Inclusion Experts Group. She has 15 years of technical consulting experience in microfinance and financial inclusion in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She is also a Board member of Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan. Goodwin-Groen holds an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School, a B.Sc. Hons I from the University of Western Australia and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath, writing a thesis on the Development of Inclusive Financial Markets.
Utiba Pte Ltd
Justin Ho is the Co – CEO of Singapore based Utiba Pte Ltd, a pioneer in the field of mobile commerce and mobile based transaction systems in the world, with installations in more than 15 countries. Utiba has lead development in many areas like mobile banking, mobile retailing, micro-finance, international remittances, financial inclusion in partnership with governments, banks and mobile operators in multiple nations.
Dr. Thaer Sabri
Chief Executive Officer
Electronic Money Association, UK
Thaer Sabri, chief executive officer, Electronic Money Association. He has more than 18 years experience in payments, mostly in payments innovation. He has worked in regulatory capacity as well product management and business development.
Thaer leads industry regulatory interface with member state regulators as well as EU institutions, addressing payment services regulation as well as anti money laundering and financial crime. He is a member of the European Commission Payment Systems Market Experts Group.
In his role as lawyer and consultant, Thaer has assisted numerous payment service providers on various regulatory issues in the EU and globally. He provides training, advises industry on innovation in payment services regulation and speaks at conferences internationally.
|Dr. Jochen Schanz
Bank of England
Dr. Jochen Schanz is an Advisor to the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England, where he focuses on the implementation of monetary policy and the impact of quantitative easing on inflation and growth. In previous roles he worked on prudential liquidity regulation and liquidity risk in large value payment systems. During that time Jochen co-edited a book on the economics of large value payment systems.
|Ashwin Shirvaikar, CFA
Citi Investment Research
Ashwin Shirvaikar has been at Citi Research since early 2000 and has worked in or written about the Services sector (both Computer Services & Business Services) since 1991. Before joining Citi, Ashwin worked at AlliedSignal for three years, within its defense/aerospace M&A group, and was responsible for the P&L at the New Ventures group. Ashwin also has over 6 years of consulting and account management experience working with several blue chip clients. Ashwin earned an MBA degree from Cornell University in 1997. In addition, he holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Treasury & Trade Solutions
Citi Transaction Services
Naveed Sultan is Global Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions for Citi Transaction Services. With over 25 years of institutional banking experience, Mr Sultan has been at Citi for over 18 years, and in his current role, is responsible for Treasury and Trade Solutions globally. Treasury and Trade Solutions reported revenues of $7.7bn in 2011, making it one of the largest global businesses that encompasses multiple integrated solutions within Citi Transaction Services including: Trade and Supply Chain, Export Agency Finance, Liquidity and Investments, Cash Management, Wholesale Card Service, Information Services and Receivables serving public sector clients, corporates and financial institutions, a client base that includes 94% of the top 500 companies in the world in over 120 countries.