Speakers 2015

Tommy Ståhl, CIO, Digital Inn
Tommy Ståhl is currently working for Digital Inn, Swedens largest Apple Premium Reseller with a revenue of 500M SEK as CIO and head of the Consulting Unit. He continualy works with the organisation to increase the benefit of IT and to capitalize on the growing mobile precense. Digital Inn as a reseller has been promoting mobile devices since Apple introduced the iPhone in Sweden in 2008. As well as selling and developing for the mobile market Digital Inn since earlier this year uses the information from physical devices entering their stores to analyze customer flow, marketing campaign efficiancy and direct staffing in stores.

Bjørn Skjelbred, Head of Strategy, Valyou
Bjørn Skjelbred is responsible for strategy and business development in Valyou. Before the company was established in 2014, he was the project manager for the Valyou from the start. Before Valyou, Bjørn worked for DNB, the leading Norwegian bank, for 18 years holding different management positions within payments and IT.

Pieter Poorthusis, Senior Sales Engineer, Bitpay
Pieter Poorthuis is Senior Sales Engineer at BitPay Amsterdam. Pieter is responsible for sales and implementation for BitPay’s European merchants and Payment Service Providers. Before that Pieter worked eight years for banks and Payment Service Providers, specialising on mobile payment implementation for retail environments. His latest role was leading an interbanking committee for ‘Mobile Payments Netherlands’.

Claire Maslen, Senior Manager, Financial Services, GSMA
Claire joined the GSMA in 2014 with responsibility for building relationships between the mobile technology and financial services industries.  Her role is to help develop and foster collaboration in the development of mobile payment services. Previous to the GSMA, Claire was the Senior Market Development Manager working across the O2 Money team responsible for market development in the UK, ensuring O2 retained share of voice and a thought leadership position on m-commerce and NFC.

Sirpa Nordlund, Executive Director, Mobey Forum
Sirpa Nordlund is executive director of the Mobey Forum, which is a global industry organization empowering banks to lead in mobile money. The members include banks such as HSBC, ING, and Royal Bank of Scotland and software firms such as Monitise, Oberthur, Fiserv and SAP.  Sirpa spent 13 years at telecom and finance industry before joining Mobey Forum. During 10 years at Nokia she had several positions in sales, strategy, business development and finance at Nokia before departing for a senior position at Venyon, a subsidiary of Giesecke & Devrient which provided trusted mobile services for financial institutions.

Tomas Ekroth, CFO, Espresso House
Tomas is truly driven, highly focused and result oriented with a consistent track record of delivering results. Key competences include very strong analytics/problem solving, proven senior management skills as part of multiple management teams and leadership skills as head of large departments. General management experience includes developing corporate strategies and very large and complex change programs in several situations as consultant, as head of program office but also as part of a business unit management team responsible for implementation. Functional CFO-experiences includes full spectra, e.g. business control, financial control, accounting, policy making, external and internal auditing, investor relations, board interface, equity and debt re-financing.

Neil Smith, Head of Business Development UK and Europe, Proxama
Neil Smith, Head of Business Development – UK & Europe. Neil heads up Business Development for the UK and Europe at Proxama. This includes the positioning of Proxama’s technology and products in Proximity Commerce, Payments, HCE/NFC, debit, credit and prepaid and mobile platforms. Additional areas of expertise and product knowledge would be in the VAS (Value Added Services). Neil has worked in a number of organisations where technology meets financial services and retail for over 20 years and has held a variety of Specialist, technical, commercial, consulting and leadership roles inclusive of Fraud, Risk and Compliance. Neil was also an Associate Member of a key business consultancy firm ‘The Business Performance Consultancy Group’ and has held senior positions in VISA and ‘The International Investor’ amongst others.

Neal Michie, Technical Business Development Director, Helixion
Neal joined the business in 2010 and quickly established himself as a key member of the team. Possessing strong technical ability built over 10 years in mobile development, he recently moved into the Business Development role allowing customers to benefit from talking to someone who has real in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of not only our products and services, but the marketplace in general.

Svante Tegnér, CEO, Bubbleroom
Svante är grundare och VD för Bubbleroom som köptes av Consortio Fashion Group 2008. Svante har lång erfarenhet av E handel, IT och media som grundare och VD av Lejon Media och great Games. Han har även arbetat flera år som marknadsansvarig i Vin & Sprit branschen.

Paul Stoddart, Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development, Vocalink
Paul joined the Board of VocaLink Ltd in June 2012 as Managing Director responsible for Strategy, Corporate Development, Marketing and the UK & International Product portfolios incl. BacsACS, Faster Payments, Mobile and Immediate Payment Services. Paul’s previous role was at Barclays where he was responsible for M&A and Asset Disposals for Barclaycard globally, covering Credit Card Issuing, Merchant Acquiring, Retail & Motor Finance, Loyalty & Reward. Prior to this Paul spent over 10 years at RBS where he held a number of senior roles in Group Corporate Development and Retail and latterly in Global Transactions Services where he ran Product and Marketing for WorldPay for 4 years and then led M&A and Corporate Development activities including developing major commercial relationships with Fortune 500 companies globally. Outside of VocaLink, Paul is a Non-Executive Director of Invitation Digital, the UK’s leading web and mobile vouchers and discount codes business, now majority owned by Vodafone Group.

Björn Segendorf, Adviser, Ph.D, Sveriges riksbank, Division for Financial Infrastructure, Financial Stability Department
Björn Segendorf is adviser and researcher at the Financial Stability Department at Sveriges Riksbank. Main areas of expertise are retail payments, financial infrastructure and related policy areas. He represents the Riksbank at the Payment and Settlement System Committee in the ESCB and he has also been a member of the BIS/CPMI (formerly CPSS) working groups on retail payments. The two latest CPMI reports in retail payments are on innovation in retail payments and the increasing role of non-banks in retail payments. The research has focused on the cost of payments and the use of payment instruments. Björn has a Ph.D in economics for the Stockholm School of Economics (1998).

Annika Englund, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Wifog
Annika Englund is currently the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Wifog, Sweden’s first fully ad-funded MVNO founded 2013. She has a long experience in integrated multi-channel communication, PR, investor relations and market communication from several leading roles in sectors such as technology start-ups, international telecom, retail and internet. With a background at Dagens Nyheter, Icon Medialab and Neonode her speciality is understanding and cultivating new business models turning them into profitable and understandable concepts for broad audiences.

Carl Molinero, Head of Digital Business Development / Board member, GetSwish AB
Responsible for the Strategic Digital Business Development Agenda within Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallet, E- & M-com and new Digital Services and Business. Have had several leading positions within SEB. Working with Swish together with the owner banks – winner of the Mobile Payment of the year 2013 – Mobilgalan Sweden and winner of the Mobile Service of the year 2013 – Telekomgalan Sweden.

Michel-Ange Camhi, Senior Business Developer, Worldline, France
Michel-Ange Camhi is a long time (2004) expert of NFC, now a Senior Business Developer at Worldline, in charge of mobile payment and wallets, after 8 years of experience in R&D management around Mobility, NFC, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, and previous experience as a systems engineer. Michel-Ange holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Lille in automatic control and computer science.

Claudio Simatovic, CEO, Retain24
Claudio currently holds a position as CEO at Retain24, the leading Nordic Gift Card provider that he co-founded in 2005. Retain24 offers a full service concept for electronic gift cards. In 2010 Claudio also co-founded PRESEND.COM, the leading Nordic-Baltic prepaid program manager. Claudio has an entrepreneurial background that, amongst other things, includes co-founding of ShopTalk In Store Advertising, a company that was first to launch cart advertising as a media channel on the Nordic market. The company was acquired by Clear Channel, a global media company with a broad range of media programs in 67 countries.

Kristian Luoma, Business Development Manager, OP-Pohjola Group
Kristian Luoma works as a business development manager in OP-Pohjola Group, the biggest Finnish bank. Kristian has worked in startups and Nokia – in various product management and partnering roles, building products for millions of mobile and internet users. OP-Pohjola has invested heavily in mobile development to innovate new and useful financial services.

Sergej Kotliar, Digital Strategist, BAS ITG
Sergej is a M.Sc from KTH, and a serial entrepreneur mainly in a mobile space. He’s founded a number of startups, most notably the market leading coupon app Rabble, and before that worked with business development for Bonnier. Recently, he’s helped establish BAS ITG’s leading position regarding strategy services in the digital currency space, with an unmatched knowledge of both the technical aspects of cryptocurrency, bitcoin industry know-how as well as business strategy in e-commerce industry.

Bengt Nilervall, Head of Payment Systems, Svensk Handel
Bengt NilervallBengt joined Svensk Handel, the Swedish Trade Federation in 2009 where he is currently Head of Payment Systems. Bengt holds an MBA in Marketing and has a long career in sales and marketing. After graduation, he worked at several companies in the IT services area. Later he was involved in the sports and events industry for a number years. Since 2003 he has been working in the payments industry.