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How to learn and profit from payment developments in Europe- Jan 29, 2015 San Francisco, CA
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The BayPay Forum together with Edgar, Dunn & Company will be holding a mini-conference on the 29th of January 2015 in San Francisco with the title:


"I have seen the future and it works”.
How to learn and profit from payment developments in Europe.


The mini conference will look at some of the recent developments in the European payments arena from pending interchange regulation, the proposed update of the Payment Services Directive which would create a completely new type of payment institution, changes in the underlying payment structure (SEPA formats) and the success of real-time ACH payments in the UK that has given rise to innovative new payment methods.
Keynote speaker will be Sven Gentner (see bio below), a representative of the EU, to remind the audience of the journey that Europe has taken to get to the current place and what further developments are considered desirable from the EU viewpoint. The Keynote will be followed by a moderated panel. On the panel, we have assembled industry experts from First Data Corp, Vocalink Ltd and Wells Fargo who will talk to their experiences with the observed changes in Europe and where they see the opportunities and challenges. We are looking for a lively debate with audience participation.
The conference will commence at 6:15pm and end at 9pm. Location is at Wells Fargo, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA. Due to construction, entrance will be on Leidesdorff Street. As this event is in a secure building, you must be registered via BayPay and check in at the Security Desk on ground floor to be escorted up to Penthouse reception area.



A little explanation of the European System to warm up the discussion


6:15pm Reception/Networking

6:45pm Welcome- John Huber, Wells Fargo and Daniel Chatelain, The BayPay Forum

6:50pm Introduction- Peter Ehmke, Edgar, Dunn & Company

7:00pm Keynote Speech: “Regulation and Innovation in European Payments”- Sven Gentner, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

7:15pm Keynote Speech- Q&A

7:25pm Panel: "So what does it mean for my business?" discussion moderated by Peter Ehmke, Edgar, Dunn & Company with:
- Sven Gentner, Counsellor at Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
- Nicole Douglas, Senior Vice President, International Treasury Management at Wells Fargo
- Colleen Lindow, Vice President, Payment Operations at Yapstone Inc
- Seth Perlman, Vice President, Strategy at First Data Corporation
- Paul Stoddart, Managing Director of Strategy & Business Development at Vocalink 

8:25pm Q&A 

8:40pm  Closing Statement


Moderator and arranger

Peter Ehmke, Director at Edgar, Dunn & Company


Peter joined Edgar, Dunn & Company´s San Francisco from MasterCard in London. Peter combines previous experience as a strategy consultant for Edgar, Dunn & Company in Europe with hands-on experience as a senior executive in the payment industry. He has managed the turnaround/restructuring and sale of financial businesses as well as the design and implementation of country and regional strategies.
Before rejoining EDC in San Francisco Peter worked for MasterCard International, London, as Head of Strategy Europe where he was responsible for creating new business models in response to regulatory  challenges, building out a European strategy to inform investment decisions, building competitor intelligence and for creating/managing the European M&A target identification process.  Before relocating to London, he was Managing Director for MasterCard’s German market operations.
Prior to this, Peter managed the credit card business of Royal Bank of Scotland in Germany and acquired deep retail banking experience as CEO/CFO of Santander Direkt Bank.  Before entering the consumer space Peter worked as an international commercial and wholesale banker in London, Singapore, Zurich and Paris in diverse roles from sales, product management, commercial payments, treasury and trade finance.


Keynote Speaker

Sven Gentner, Counsellor (with special responsibility for financial services and EU internal market regulation), Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America


Since October 2013, Sven Gentner is Counsellor in the Economic and Financial Affairs Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He deals with EU-US regulatory issues and TTIP negotiations in financial services as well as transatlantic issues in key EU internal market policy fields like public procurement, services and IPR.
Sven joined the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, in 2004 and has served in various positions in its Brussels headquarters prior to joining the Delegation in Washington. From 2004-2006 he was responsible for the coordination of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, in 2006 he served as a member of the private office (cabinet) of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, from 2007-2011 he was executive assistant to the Director General of Directorate General Internal Market and Services (with special responsibility for financial services). In 2011 he was also seconded for several months to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to advise the AUC on the building of an African internal market. From 2012 to 2013 he was head of unit for human resources and planning in DG Internal Market and Services.  Sven started his professional career with Allianz Insurance in Munich where he was executive assistant to the CEO of the Bavarian subsidiary of Allianz plc.
Sven holds masters degrees in economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the University of York, UK. He is married with two daughters and lives in Washington, DC.


Nicole Douglas, Senior Vice President and International Treasury Management Sales Manager, Wells Fargo & Company

Nicole Douglas

Nicole Douglas is a senior vice president and international treasury management sales manager, based in San Francisco. She has been with Wells Fargo since 2006 and leads the team that develops global cash management solutions for companies throughout California. Nicole specializes in innovative banking strategies for technology sector companies especially in the global payments space. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she worked as a management consultant focusing on developing business and technology strategies for multi-national companies. She has a BS in Finance and Management Information Systems from Villanova University, Pennsylvania and graduated top of her class from Gothenburg University in Sweden with a Masters in International Business. A native Californian, Nicole has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Colorado and Sweden. She now lives in Marin County, Calif. with her family.



Seth Perlman, Vice President, Strategy at First Data Corporation

Perlman Seth

Seth joined First Data as Vice President of Strategy in October 2014. He is based in Palo Alto, California, which is the ideal location for his current work: accelerating First Data's eCommerce business and positioning the company to lead the next wave of payments and commerce innovation.   Prior to First Data, Seth worked in product and corporate strategy at PayPal, where his focused on bringing PayPal to the physical point of sale, developing strategies for new value-added services, accelerating the company’s European growth, and revamping its online merchant product portfolio.   From 2004-2011, Seth held various corporate and product strategy roles at Visa USA and Visa Inc. During his time at Visa, he helped manage the business impacts of major antitrust cases; adapted the company's strategy to keep up with shifting U.S. and international payments regulation; supported the $19B Visa IPO; helped integrate the $2B acquisition of CyberSource; and developed the initial strategy for the precursor to the product now known as Visa Checkout.

Paul Stoddart, Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development at Vocalink


Paul joined VocaLink as Managing Director of Strategy & Business Development in June 2012. He is responsible for corporate strategy, product and marketing covering both the UK portfolio incl. Faster Payments and Mobile, and VocaLink's international capabilities centred around the Immediate Payments Service.

Paul's previous role was at Barclays Bank, where he was Co-Head of Corporate Finance at Barclaycard, responsible for M&A and Asset Disposals globally. Prior to this Paul spent over 10 years at NatWest and then RBS, starting in Group Corporate Development and moving to the Internet banking and E-commerce team that launched online banking and e-procurement solutions across the bank's core brands. Paul then moved to the Global Transaction Services Division in RBS where he became Head of Product and Marketing for WorldPay and then took responsibility for M&A and developing major commercial relationships with Fortune 500 companies globally.

Outside of VocaLink, Paul is a Non-Executive Director of Invitation Digital whose Vouchercloud business is one of the market leaders in UK m-commerce and is now majority owned by Vodafone.





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Location Wells Fargo, 420 Montgomery Street, (Entrance from Leidesdorff), San Francisco, CA

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Thursday 29 January 2015, 06:15pm - 09:00pm
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