kebbie sebastian

KEBBIE SEBASTIAN

Kebbie Sebastian was responsible for Global Product Development at Barclaycard and has held senior leadership positions with PayPal and Bank of America. He has deep expertise in building digital banks, developing online and mobile payments products, expanding money transfer partnerships and launching debit and credit card businesses. Kebbie holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, USA.

david messenger

DAVID MESSENGER

David was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of American Express’ online and mobile business unit where he led its investments and partnerships with Verizon, Payfone, Reardon Commerce, Zynga, Ticketmaster and LianLian Pay in China among others. He was also Chief Administrative and Development Officer for Virgin Mobile and Sprint Nextel in the US.

kai johnson

KAI JOHNSON

Kai has deep expertise in technology architecture and security in mobile payments. His experience spans implementation of point-of-sale, acquirer, processor, issuer and settlement systems and deployment of tokenization, EMV, NFC, HCE and mobile payments technologies. Previously he was Chief Architect and Chief Security Officer at Softcard and a consultant to Verizon and Atos. Kai holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

rebecca jacob

REBECCA JACOB

Rebecca previously worked as a Senior Vice President of HR at Bank of America where she led learning and leadership development for Global Risk, Compliance, Legal, Audit and Corporate Affairs. She has also worked within the Corporate Executive Board's HR practice - Corporate Leadership Council, as a senior quantitative research analyst. Rebecca holds an MSc in Industrial/ Organisational Psychology from Purdue University, USA.

alok bhanot

ALOK BHANOT

Alok has built and operated highly scalable systems in payments and commerce, most recently at Verifone as Chief Technology Officer and previously at PayPal, as Vice President, Risk Technology and eBay as Vice President, Corporate Architecture. He also founded Inkuru, a transactional analytics and real-time predictive intelligence platform acquired by Walmart. Alok holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

alexandre massart

ALEXANDRE MASSART

Alexandre has worked in venture capital with Ion Ventures and with Visa in the US and Europe leading its corporate venturing and innovation efforts. He has also worked UBS in Switzerland where he led product development for its financial information service. His expertise spans venture investments and partnerships in the mobile payments, eCommerce, micropayment sectors. Alexandre holds an MBA from the University of Zurich.

alexis thieriet

ALEXIS THIERIET

Alexis is a Senior Advisor to Penser Consulting and is a Managing Partner of NovitasFTCL, a London-based and FCA authorised firm providing independent and bespoke corporate finance advisory services to clients within the European financial technology sector. Prior to co-founding NovitasFTCL in 2013, Alexis worked for 17 years at UBS, Hawkpoint Partners and Morgan Stanley as a senior investment banker for FinTech, Financial Services and Private Equity clients. He holds a Master in Finance from HEC (Paris).

chris francis

CHRIS FRANCIS

Chris has extensive global experience in e-commerce, payments, risk & fraud and product management. He was previously Head of Risk and Loss Mitigation at Microsoft. Chris has also held senior positions at AOL, Deutsche Bank and Bank of Scotland. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, USA, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has a BSc in Economics, Accounting & Finance from The London School of Economics.

jacques van niekerk

JACQUES VAN NIEKERK

Jacques is an experienced CTO with a background in software architecture and software development. He served as CTO for Naspers' internet division and in this capacity performed technical due diligences on more than 70 businesses globally. He worked as CTO of fintech companies Prodigy Finance and Click2sure and has led technical due diligence engagements across the globe. Jacques holds an MPhil from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.