• Samee Zafar
    Director Edgar, Dunn & Company
    Samee is a director in the London office of Edgar, Dunn and Company, a global management consulting firm. Samee has advised some of the world’s largest financial organisations and mobile operators in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

    Samee focuses on advanced payments consulting advising banks, mobile operators, and payment service providers on payments. His functional expertise extends from concept and new product development and strategy formulation to operations and technology implementation and improvement, and profitability improvement.
    He previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Scient Consulting based in London and New York. He started his career with Visa International in London where he helped banks enhance their payment product profitability.
    Samee has published a number of articles in leading industry journals and is a regular speaker at industry events. He has co-authored a book “Developing and Managing a Successful Payment Cards Business” published by Gower Publications.
    Samee completed his B Sc at the Government College in Lahore, Pakistan, is a chartered accountant, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the City University in London where he obtained his MBA in Finance.
  • Aleksandr Sotnikov
    Head of Payment System & Digital Technologies DirectorateNational Bank of the Republic of Belarus
    Aleksandr holds two higher academic degrees, one in economy. More than 15 years has been working for payment card business in Belarus, making a career from an ordinary employee to the highest manager of inhouse Card Centre at OJSC Belinvestbank. At present Director of CJSC Payment System BELCARD. Possesses experience to launch payment card business from the zero. The author of publications on development problems of cashless payment instruments.
  • Roman Prokhorov
    Chairman of the Board of the Financial Innovations Association (AFI)

    Born in 1966.

    In 1989, he graduated from Moscow Power Engineering Institute specializing in Electronic Engineering, and completed his post-graduate studies at the same Institute in 1992.

    In 1995, he graduated from The All-Russian State Distance-Learning Institute of Finance and Economics specializing in Finance and Credit.

    In 2006-2008, he completed his MBA studies at State University - Higher School of Economics.

    From 1992 till 2005 he worked in Moskovsky and Srednerussky bank of Sberbank of Russia.

    Before 2011, he worked in the central office of Sberbank of Russia as Deputy Director of deposits and settlements administration, dealt with development and deployment of a single billing center of retail payments, and money transfer systems.

    Since 2011, he has been working at the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia) as Deputy Director of the National Payment System Department.

    Since 2015, he has been working as the Chairman of the Board of the Association "Financial innovation".

    He is awarded by diplomas of honor of the Government of the Moscow Oblast, Sberbank of Russia, and a medal For Faithful Service from Sberbank of Russia.

  • Alexey Nikitin
    Deputy Head of the Budget Payments Development Administration at Russian Federal Treasury
    Born 13 September 1980.
    In 2003, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (Technical University) specializing in Mathematical Methods of Researching Operations in Economics and qualifying as Mathematical Economist.
    He started his career in 1999 with AKB Avtobank OAO, and in May 2003 was appointed Deputy Head of the Administration of banking and regional technologies of AKB Avtobank-NIKoil.
    In October 2004, he was appointed Business Development Director at RUCARD Group specializing at providing a wide range of services in the sphere of automation of cashless financial operations in Russia and CIS.
    From June 2011 till July 2013, he worked at L7 Group as Business Development Director, dealing with high-tech infrastructural projects in major trading networks, credit organizations and payment systems.
    Since 2013, he has been employed at the Federal Treasury as Deputy Head of the Budget Payments Development Administration.
  • Yulia Demenyuk
    Senior Vice President, Deputy Director of the Retail Business Department
    Was born on March, 13th 1974 in Moscow.
    Had graduated with honor from Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics with a degree in Finance and Credit in 1995.
    1994 - 1999 — Has worked at Incombank as economist in Securities Department, and as economist, senior economist, leading economist in Precious Metals Department.

    Since 1999 had been working as main specialist in Precious Metals Department at Incombank.
    2000 - 2002 — main expert in Credit Support Service.

    Since 2002 had been working at MDM-Bank, where she held following positions: leading expert in Retail Banking Products Department, Head of Division in Retail Lending Department, Deputy Head of Retail operations in Retail Market Department.

    Since 2005 had been working as Head of Passive and Commission Operations at VTB 24.
    Since November, 2008 — Vice President, Deputy Director of the Retail Business Department.

    Since May, 2014 — Senior Vice President, Deputy Director of the Department.
  • Vasiliy Kuznetsov
    Managing Partner SweetCard card-linked marketing platform
    Introduces unique for Russian market card-linked marketing platform that allows merchants to attract new clients and increase sales on pay-for-performance base. Platform allows banks to build clients loyalty and increase card usage without extra costs.
    Has More than 15 years of top-management experience in Russian retail banks, such as Trust Bank, Uniastrum Bank, OTP Bank, Russian Standard Bank. Responsibilities: POS-lending, Credit cards, E-channels, Internet-sales, CRM, Marketing, SME and Retail product development, Network sales and development, Remote sales of loans and deposits
  • Bulad Subanov
  • Andrey Laptev
    Gemalto (SafeNet Inc.)
  • Marija Milasevic
    Research Analyst, Euromonitor International
    Marija Milasevic joined Euromonitor International, the world’s leading provider of business intelligence on industries, countries and consumers, as a Research Analyst in November of 2012.

    In her current role Marija is responsible for consumer market research. She works as a strategic analyst and monitors key trends and developments across a numerous categories in Services & Payments market. Marija is responsible for the following industries: consumer finance, travel & tourism as well as retailing.

    Prior to joining Euromonitor International, Marija has gained experience in compliance sphere at the world known money transfer company Western Union, where she was responsible for issues related to money laundering. In addition, Marija regularly writes articles for trade press on market development and speaks at the major international FMCG conferences.

    Marija graduated from Mykolas Romeris University as well as Vilnius University where she got a Master degree in Finance Management and a Bachelor degree in Business Management and Administration.
  • Ivan Brigida
    Senior Industry Analyst, Google
    Vertical analysis of digital marketing spend and consumer behaviour in banking-, insurance-, forex-, travel-, and export- spheres for russian and foreign markets. Ivan carries regular trend reviews in the sectors and evaluates the efficiency of marketing investments of the largest advertising clients in Google.

    Before joining Google Ivan developed Management Information System in Sberbank, built mathematical models of profitability and worked as an analyst in a Finance Department of Sberbank.
  • Aleksey Anokhin
  • Ihar Bayarenka
    Business Development Director, Identification, NXP Semiconductors
    An expert in identification technologies with over 10 years of experience, the head of NXP office in Russia and CIS countries. Focus area is the development of projects and the creation of an ecosystem of partners in areas such as biometrics, electronic documents, NFC-technology, financial and transportation cards, RFID-tags, data security solutions and infrastructure equipment. The success story includes several significant for the industry projects with both governmental/regional and commercial customers in several countries in the region.
  • Nataliya Konkina
  • Igor' Zotikov
  • Vitaliy Belikov