Tolkunbek S. Abdygulov is Chairman of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to this, Mr. Abdygulov was a Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as First Deputy Minister at the Ministry of the Economic Regulation.
Chairman Abdygulov holds Master's degrees in Banking from Indiana University (USA), Development Economics from Nagoya University (Japan), and Public Administration from University of North Texas (USA); and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Economic Institute of the National Academy of Science (Kyrgyzstan).
Alejandro Alegre is a lawyer and worked for 14 years at Civilian Intelligence Services in México. He was General Director of the Planning Center for Drug Control, the Intelligence Agency of the Office of the Mexican Attorney General, as well as General Director of the National Security Intelligence Center (CISEN).
Since 2001 he has worked at the Bank of México, where he has been Advisor to the Board of Governors, Security Director, and General Director of Planning and Budget. He is now General Director of Currency Issuance and Main Cashier.
Sultan Al Sakeb joined the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) in January 1983 as Section Head in the Investment Department. In 1992 he became responsible for establishing the Correspondent Banking Division. He is currently the Acting Head of the Banking Operations Department and he is responsible for currency management, supervising reprints and issuance, maintaining stock and reserve levels, and minting circulation and commemorative coins, as well as other related jobs. As Acting Head of the Payment Systems Department, Sultan Al Sakeb is responsible for supervising all operated Payment Systems by the CBUAE and other related projects (both domestic and regional) where CBUAE is involved. He is also involved in the implementation of the initiation of the recently developed National Payment Systems Strategy for the UAE and has supervision over all SWIFT transactions.
He has represented the CBUAE in numerous Conferences & Seminars, been part of the UAE negotiating team in a number of agreements related to “Avoidance of Double Taxation” and was a participant of the Joint Commission with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy. He is a Member of the Payment Systems Committee in GCC and AMF.
Dr Johannes Beermann was born in 1960 in Emsdetten, Westphalia, Germany. He studied law at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (1980-1985). After passing his second state examination in law in 1988, he joined the staff of the Federal Ministry for Youth, Family Affairs, Women and Health. In 1990, he completed his PhD in law at the University of Münster, and then worked at the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and at the Saxon State Chancellery until 1992. From 1992 to 1995, he held the position of Head of Office for the CDU Secretary General Peter Hintze and then became State Councillor to the Senator of Finance of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (1995-1999). From 1999 to 2003, Dr.Beermann was Secretary of State for Federal and European Affairs at the Hessian State Chancellery and Commissioner (Bevollmächtigter) of the State of Hesse to the Federation. After that he worked in a law firm as a lawyer. In 2008, he was appointed Chief of the State Chancellery and Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs of the Free State of Saxony and was then reappointed to these positions in 2009 (until 2014). Since January 2015, Dr Beer-mann has been a member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, responsible for the Directorates General Human Resources, Administration and Premises and the Procurement Centre.
Johann was appointed as Head of the Currency Management Department in July 2012. He joined the Bank in 1982 and has worked in the Executive Management Department (Office of the Governor),the National Payment System Department, the Business Systems and Technology Department and the then Research Department. He holds MCom (Economics), BCom (Hons) (Economics) and BCom degrees and has completed an executive development program.
In 2000, Martin joined HUECK FOLIEN in the department of Research & Development and became Director of the R&D department in 2005. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Executive Board with the responsibilities of Sales and Research & Development, as well as Managing Director of the sales offices of HUECK FOLIEN in Germany and Hong Kong. Since 2011, Martin has been CEO of HUECK FOLIEN.
Since 2010, Martin has been teaching surface and coating technology as a parttime lecturer at the OÖ University of Applied Sciences in Wels, in the master programme Development Engineer for Metal and Polymer Technology subject.
Since 2016, Martin has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Transfer Center for Plastics Technology GmbH (TCKT) in Wels.
Since 2015, Martin has been a representative of the chemical industry in the WKO (The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber) and since 2018 chairman of the strategy group "Technology & Innovation" of the "sector.industry“ in the WKO Upper Austria.
Tim Berridge joined CCL Secure October 2016. In his role as Director R&D, Marketing and Design, Tim is responsible for CCL Secure product and R&D strategy as well as the substrate and banknote design functions. He has a particular focus on understanding the customer and market needs to guide R&D activities and drive design innovation.
Tim has over 20 years’ experience within the banknote and security industry across a range of roles, including R&D, intellectual property, and product marketing. During this time, he has acquired a detailed knowledge of the currency market and banknote design and production. He has worked on a wide range of innovation projects, including security features, and polymer substrate.
Tim holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons) from University of London.
Lindsay Boulton is the Assistant Governor (Business Services) at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
He is responsible for the Bank's provision of a range of services to the community, including banking services to the Australian Government and overseas central banks, payment and settlement services to participants in the Australian financial system, and the issue of Australian banknotes. He is also the Reserve Bank's representative on the Australian Payments Council and executive sponsor of the Bank's employee resource group for indigenous inclusion.
Prior to his current position, Lindsay held several senior positions in the Bank. Most recently he held the position of Head of Banking Department and, before that, Head of Risk Management. Lindsay spent most of his early career in the economic and financial markets areas of the Bank. He has also been a director of Note Printing Australia Ltd and of the Australian Payments Clearing Association Ltd (now the Australian Payments Network).
Maureen Carroll was appointed Managing Director of the Currency Department, effective September 1, 2018. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the Bank of Canada’s Currency function, including research into and development of new bank note designs and security features, and the supply and distribution of bank notes. She previously served as Deputy Managing Director of the department.
Maureen joined the Bank in 2003. She served as Assistant Director of Retail Debt Program Management in the former Department of Banking Operations before leaving on secondment in 2008 to become Director of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group – a consortium of 35 central banks mandated to develop and implement anti-counterfeiting technologies to protect the currencies of member countries. In 2012, she was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department, where she helped lead the delivery of the Bank’s IT strategy and positioned its IT architecture and systems to continue to respond to the Bank’s evolving business needs. Ms. Carroll previously held numerous leadership positions in strategic planning and business development in the private sector.
Maureen was born in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Mrs. Chen Jianxin, Phd of Economics, is the Deputy Director-General of the Currency Gold and Silver Bureau, the People's Bank of China. She is responsible for currency anti-counterfeiting and research towards a CBDC. Prior to this, she was with PBOCs Financial Stability Bureau and responsible for the shareholding system reform of large state-owned commercial banks and systematic financial risk assessment.
Before joining Currency Research, Shaun spent 16 years at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Shaun began his career in currency in 2000 in the Division of Monetary Affairs where he forecasted daily changes in currency in circulation. In 2003, he transitioned to the Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems where he oversaw all operational and policy aspects of U.S. banknote issuance and processing.
Shaun was appointed Assistant Director in 2013 and was responsible for the global issuance of U.S. currency and operations of Reserve Bank cash processing centers. Shaun is an expert on the usage and circulation of U.S. currency and represented the Federal Reserve on numerous domestic and international policy making groups. Shaun also chaired the Committee on Custody Controls and served on the Interagency Currency Design Committee where he gained extensive knowledge of security features, design elements, and counterfeit risks.
Shaun graduated from Connecticut College with bachelor degrees in Government and Economics and later earned a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Economics. He currently resides just outside Washington, D.C., in Springfield, Virginia.
Gerry Gaetz is President and CEO of Payments Canada. Since joining Payments Canada in 2013, he has been leading the transformation of the organization, including its enabling legislation, governance, internal capacity and business strategy, as well as the modernization of the Canadian payment system.
Prior to Payments Canada, Gerry held a number of executive roles at the Bank of Canada, including Chief of Currency, where he was responsible for Canada’s new polymer banknote series, Chief of Banking Operations, where he led the redevelopment of the core banking system, and Chief of Corporate Services.
Gerry is a member of the International Council of Payment Association Chief Executives, a director of Fortress Global Enterprises, a publicly traded company, and a former director of Landqart AG. He is a former member of the Banknote Ethics Initiative Accreditation Council. He also co-led the flagship leadership program at the Gestalt International Study Center in Massachusetts for three years. Gerry holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ted Garanzotis is the Senior Director of Research in the Currency Department at the Bank of Canada. He oversees technical research & development of bank notes, economic research on retail payments, and policy development. He previously led the technical R&D to issue polymer notes in Canada. Prior to the Bank, he spent ten years in the telecom and semiconductor industries.
Octavia Gibson was appointed Deputy Director, Currency, Central Bank of Barbados in March 2005. Prior to this, she worked in various capacities in the Internal Audit, Projects, Banking, Accounts and Exchange Control Departments.
From 2001-2004, Gibson spearheaded the Bank’s changeover to the Real Time Gross Settlement System and the Automated Clearing House. She was seconded from Currency during 2007-2008 to set up the Barbados Deposit Insurance Corporation.
In Currency, she oversaw the changes in the substrate for circulation coins and upgrades to the family of banknotes in 2007, and the changeover to the new banknotes family in 2013. Under her leadership, the Currency Unit changed its anti-counterfeiting and education strategies, resulting in better understanding among stakeholders of the Unit’s role, in the detection of fake notes.
Jean-Michel Godeffroy is a consultant based in Paris. He has thirty-two years of experience in central banking, including twenty-three years in the field of payments and market infrastructure. From 1998 until his retirement end of 2014, he was director general at the ECB. In this capacity, he chaired various European committees, including the payment and settlement system Committee of the Eurosystem and the T2S Board. He was also a member of the G10/G20 Committee on payments and settlement systems CPSS, now CPMI).
After finishing his Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Raphael (Raf) Goossens started his career in Bank Security with ST System, a subsidiary of the Societé General. In 1984, Raf became co-founder/owner of PEC nv. With IBM as a minority shareholder, PEC implemented the IBM Industrial Systems in EMEA and executed several large private and public projects. After the withdrawal of IBM from the industrial automation business, PEC became fully independent and developed its own business solutions/software with a focus on cash automation and advanced Batteries. Today the company has been working for many Central Banks worldwide and is supporting four of the five largest Automotive OEM’s in their electrification programs. PEC has companies in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, China, the United States, and Japan with Raf as CEO and major shareholder.
Steve Gordon has been Head of Currency, Property and Security since April 2016. During this time, he has overseen the completion of the Brighter Money banknote rollout, and the commencement of a major programme of work to review New Zealand’s currency operating model. Prior to this, Mr Gordon led an extensive modernisation of the Risk Assessment and Assurance function, positioning it as a best practice enterprise risk, audit and legal team. His leadership of the Bank’s Enterprise Risk Management model won an international Central Banking award in 2016.
Mark was appointed First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on February 1, 2014. In this role he is responsible for operations, administration, finance, and support services across the Bank’s six operating centers. Additionally, he serves as Cash Product Director for the Federal Reserve System’s Cash Product Office, which develops strategy, policy guidance, and technology direction for all Federal Reserve System cash operations nationwide, ensuring the stable supply of US currency and coin globally. On a national level, he chairs the System’s Enterprise Payments Committee and serves on several other governance and advisory bodies.
Mark joined the San Francisco Fed in 1991. During his career with the Bank, he has held a variety of senior management roles, driving strategy, and execution for payments, information technology, and operations functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in applied economics from Seattle University.
Beat Grossenbacher is Head of Cash at the Swiss National Bank and member in various international banknote related committees. Prior to this, he served as a Consultant to the Swiss National Bank for its 9th Banknote Series project. From 2002 to 2009, Beat was an Advisor at KPMG for Corporate Governance Services and consulted numerous international operating companies. He also spent 10 years at OVD KINEGRAM AG/KURZ Group, from 1991 to 2001, where he was responsible for different banknote and document security projects around the world. Beat holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and a University Degree in Microtechnology & Optics.
Stefan Hardt trained as a bank clerk before going on to study business management at the Deutsche Bundesbank University of Applied Sciences. He performed various functions and managerial positions at Deutsche Bundesbank and since 2015 he has been Director General Cash Management at the Bundesbank’s Central Office.
Dan Harrison has 25 years’ experience working in the currency industry. He has held senior management and senior sales roles in a variety of highly regarded multi-national companies including CSI, De La Rue and Prosegur, providing solutions across the cash cycle. Dan has worked closely with Central Banks, Issuing Banks/Authorities, Commercial Banks, Cash Management and Logistics Companies, Casinos, and ATM Deployers, as well as small, medium, and large Retailers across Europe and the South East Asia region.
Dan has led teams working with these organisations to deliver tailored solutions including high-speed automation, medium speed processing systems, Cash Management Software, Cash recycling, and Self Service solutions. Dan is also experienced in designing and delivering Cash Management and Cash Logistics services to the FI and Retail sectors.
As VP Operations at Currency Research Dan combines this wealth of experience across the currency industry with his passion for Education and Learning. He holds a Bachelors Degree of Education and Training from the University of Melbourne; during his studies he was awarded a place on the Dean Honours List. Dan is currently based in Melbourne Australia and also worked in Europe.
Rick has over 30 years of experience within the currency industry, and has devoted his time to increasing the education, communication, and community within this industry. With a degree in Computer Science, Rick has a background in the computer and telecommunications industry, and has established himself as a serial entrepreneur. In 1991, he founded and was CEO of Currency Systems International (CSI), Currency Software Solutions (CSS), and Currency Consulting International (CCI). These companies were sold in 2001 to De La Rue, which resulted in Rick founding Currency Research.
Throughout his career, he has developed a knowledge and understanding of the key areas within the currency industry, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Currency Conference (1992) and Cash Cycle Seminars (ICCOS 1996), Founder and co-Chairman of the International Association for Currency Affairs (2004), co-Founder of Currency News (2004), co-Founder and Chairman of Intelligent Currency Solutions (2008), and the co-Founder and past Chairman of the Coin Conference (2010).
Päivi Heikkinen is Head of Payments Department and Chief Cashier in Bank of Finland. The Payment Systems department is responsible for central bank duties in cash supply and for oversight of payments and payment and settlement systems in Finland. Payments Department also analyses the impact of digitalization to financial sector and prepares Bank of Finland policies related to cash and payment systems. Päivi has worked in various management positions both in private and public sector and she has been member in many Eurosystem working groups. Currently she is member in the Banknote Committee (BANCO). Päivi has M.Sc. (econ.) from Turku School of Economics.
David has over 25 years’ experience in senior management with Santander covering business transformation, operations, and customer services. He has also held a non-executive role with BACs and he has been Director at Cash Services since 2012. David is also an independent member of the Access to Cash Review in the UK that has been established to consider consumer requirements for cash over the next five to fifteen years.
Cash Services provides the vision and thought leadership for the strategic & operational management that underpins wholesale demand for cash within the UK. Ensuring that cash can circulate efficiently & effectively and that the risks in the cash cycle are managed accordingly is an essential component of the role of Cash Services.
Ross Holliday is the CEO of Portals. Ross led the private equity backed management buyout of the business from De La Rue last year and is responsible for leading the re-establishment of Portals. Prior to this Ross spent nine years at De La Rue, including leading the paper manufacturing operations since 2013. His career spans the global paper industry, including tenures at Arjowiggins, UPM, Caraustar and SAPPI in various roles. Ross has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Melissa has been working at the Reserve Bank for more than 25 years in a variety of departments including Human Resources, Economic Group, Financial Stability, Finance and at the Bank of England. Melissa is now the Head of Note Issue at the Bank where she oversees the Next Generation Banknote program that has culminated in the new banknote series and the building and operationalization of the Bank’s new storage, processing and distribution site in Craigieburn.
James Hussey is the Advisor to the Chairman of the Board at Oberthur Fiduciaire. He has spent his business life working in the banknote industry and at various times has worked in sales/ marketing/ industrial and leadership positions. He has worked for Oberthur Fiduciaire since 2012.
Chris was appointed Chairman of CPS when it was bought by Privet Capital LLP in 2016.
Chris has extensive sector experience in running businesses in defense, transport, government outsourcing, education, healthcare, and science. He was the Group CEO of Serco, a FTSE 100 business, with £5bn annual turnover in 40 countries and 130,000 staff, with a 20 year compound growth in turnover and profit over 15%. Chris also has a long experience of bidding for and buying loss making/under-performing businesses with an excellent record of turning them around to long-term profitability.
In addition, Chris was awarded a CBE by the Queen in 2010 and is an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales, having chaired his charity, IKD, of which he now sits on the International Board.
Chris is a Chartered Accountant, trained and qualified with Arthur Andersen, and studied at Durban Howard College and Harvard Business School.
Zambre Ismail graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, Florida, USA. He started his career with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in 1989. His service in BNM has spanned various roles, including as an executive in the Government’s External Liability Section and as an Internal Fund Manager in the Reserve Management Section. He served in the BNM New York Representative Office in the US from 2000-2004.
After his stint in New York, he returned to Malaysia and led the Domestic Money Market Operations. In 2011, he was promoted to be the acting head of the BNM Office in Pulau Pinang, and in 2014 he was transferred to head the BNM Office in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah where he is currently based. His job responsibilities encompass the primary supply and ensuring the quality and integrity of currency notes and coins in the Sabah Region. Additionally, he oversees the Financial Advisory and Economics Surveillance which include the One-Stop Customers’ Complaint and Redress Centre in Sabah.
Concha Jiménez was appointed Director General Cash and Branches in 2017. She is also the Chair of Board of Directors of IMBISA SA since November 2015. Concha is a member of ESCB Banknote Committee and represents Banco de España at the Plenary Meeting of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG) and on the Executive Committee of the Banknote Reproduction Research Centre (RRC). Previously she was Director of the Operations Department.
Sarah John is Chief Cashier and Director of Notes at the Bank of England, responsible for the issuance and circulation of banknotes.
Sarah joined the Bank in 1999 after completing a degree in economics at Cambridge. She worked in a variety of risk management roles before moving to the front office, where she was heavily involved in reforming the Bank’s operations during the financial crisis. Most recently, she was Head of Sterling Markets Division at the Bank, responsible for the design and implementation of the Bank’s operations in Sterling markets. Sarah has also worked in the Bank’s Financial Stability area, focusing on European macro-prudential policy issues.
Susan started her working career in 1992 and worked in various companies in the private sector. In 2006 she joined the banking industry as Manager Accounting at the Reserve Bank of Fiji, an employer she had aspired to work with one day in her working career. She gradually moved up to the position of a Deputy Chief Manager, Currency & Corporate Services Group and in May 2011, she was promoted to the position of Chief Manager, Currency & Corporate Services Group.
She is a member of the senior management team and reports directly to the Governor and Deputy Governor. The core function of her Group is to maintain an adequate supply of quality banknotes and coins in circulation and ensure the integrity of the same. Two key projects she has been involved are Fijis new Flora and Fauna design series and the Commemorative $7 banknote and 50 cents coin project. In her position, Susan is also responsible for Information Technology, Human Resources, Financial Management, Security, Property management, and General Administration.
Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She has attained specialised technical training in relation to Currency. In May 2013 she did a presentation on Fiji’s new Flora and Fauna Series at the Currency Conference; in May 2017 she did a presentation on Fiji’s $7 commemorative banknote at the Currency Conference; and in September 2017 she delivered a presentation on Fiji’s $5 polymer banknote experience at the Asia Cash Cycle Seminar (ICCOS) in Bangkok.
Tomoko joined the Currency Issue Department of the Bank of Japan in 1994 after serving as an economist at the Research and Statistics Department, Nagasaki Branch and Financial System and Bank Examination Department of the Bank and at the International Monetary Fund. She currently takes lead in international affairs and research as well as banknote counterfeit deterrence among other responsibilities. She holds a MA in political science.
Erick Lacourrège was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1967.
Erick graduated with a Master's in Economics and a Master's in Political Science (Bordeaux University), and holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (Paris). He joined the Banque de France in 1991 and has held different positions since then:
Erick joined the Directorate General - Banknote Manufacturing of the Bank in 2000, as Deputy Managing Director then Managing Director until 2017. On January 1, 2018, he took the position of Managing Director in charge of cash, branches and services to the economy. Today, he is a member of the management committee of the Bank of France, and is in charge of Eurosystem relations for banknote-related matters. He is a member of the Banknote Committee at the European Central Bank.
He is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG), a G-10 organization.
Michael Lambert is an Associate Director at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System with responsibility for issuing the nation’s currency. Michael has direct responsibility for the Currency Education Program, Banknote Issuance and Cash Operations, Banknote Planning and Quality Assurance programs, and participates in an interagency committee to make design recommendations to the Secretary of the Treasury. Michael also oversees the provision of cash operations activities at the Federal Reserve Banks. He is a permanent member of the Executive Committee of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, and an Executive Committee member of the Four Nations and the Reproduction Research Center.
Adam joined CPS as CEO in October 2017 where he has overall responsibility for CPS Ltd and its global operations, as the only independent end-to-end cash processing solutions provider to central banks, banknote printers and the commercial sector. Prior to this Adam spent 8 years at the Royal Mint including 6 years as CEO. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2018 for public service and services to the community in South Wales, during his time at The Royal Mint.
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Manas has worked for the Reserve Bank of India since 1990 and is currently the Chief General Manager of the Currency Management Department. His responsibilities include forecasting currency demand, arranging banknote printing, managing distribution chains, overseeing counterfeit prevention, detection and reporting, organising public awareness campaigns and R&D activities.
Nestor Plazas is an Engineer and has a Master`s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He has held different positions at the Central Bank of Colombia (Banco de la Repùblica) and has been Chief Officer for Industrial and Treasury Affairs for more than fifteen years. He is responsible for defining policies related to the production and supply of banknotes and coins to meet the cash needs of the Colombian economy. The scope of his work also includes designing policies for cash processing activities performed through Bank's branches and the Main Office. Additionally, he is in charge of developing the environmental agenda within the Bank.
Ton Roos has been the Director Banknotes at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt since November 2008. Before that he was the Head of the Cash Policy Department at De Nederlandsche Bank in Amsterdam since 2002 and the Deputy-Head of the Currency Policy Department from 1999. Between 1994 and 1999 he was Plant & Technology Manager at a subsidiary company of Akzo Nobel. From 1984 until 1994 he held various R&D and management positions at Akzo Nobel.
Ton has been the Chairman of the Banknote Committee (BANCO) of the European System of Central Banks since December 2008 and was a member of BANCO between 1999 and 2008. In 2012 he was appointed as member of the Executive Committee of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG). He holds a PhD in solid state chemistry.
Dr. Sopee received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand and was awarded a scholarship by Bank of Thailand for PhD. Program at Lehigh University, USA. After the graduation in 1997, she joined the Note Printing Works, Bank of Thailand as a researcher. She has involved in the banknote design and production for almost 20 years and led the research group as the research director for 2 years. She currently serves as the director of Banknote Strategic and Planning for the Banknote Management Group.
Gonzalo Santamaria has honed much of his leadership skills and industry knowledge within a realm spanning more than 30 years of technical, commercial and managerial experience in the currency sector. He has forged much of his background first in the technical, and consequently in the commercial and business development streams within world-class supplier companies in the industry. In parallel, he has accumulated valuable experience in automation of banknote processing, process re-engineering, supply-chain optimization and efficiencies through security of cash in the cash cycle. During these tenures and in diverse global locations, he successfully assisted in designing and implementing state-of-the-art automated currency vault solutions, cash management re-engineering including commercial cash processing patents, and supply chain optimization solutions.
In June 2011, Gonzalo was named Managing Director for Currency Research (CR) in the Europe and Latin America regions. In October 2014, he was promoted to Vice President with full oversight over all regional Cash Cycle Seminars (ICCOS) as well as CR's Review Seminars, and Co-Chairman of the Coin Conference. As of 2017, Gonzalo was promoted to Vice President of Payments & Business Development to foster and manage the consulting arm of the business in addition to the Central Bank Payments and Infrastructure initiatives.
In 2018, with the addition of the Payment Summits to CR's portfolio, Gonzalo's focus has centered on the payments sector, overseeing all initiatives related to both the Central Bank Payments Conference and the Global Payments Summits: Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Gonzalo currently resides in his birthplace of Madrid, Spain. Throughout his educational and professional life he has also lived in various countries including Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States before settling once again in his native country. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Mr Thomas Savare is 51 years old and holds a diploma in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Paris. He started his career in New-York as Vice-President of the Banknote Corporation of America in 1992.
In 1995 he became Managing Director of François-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire (secure printing of banknotes and identity documents) and in 1998 he became Managing Director of Oberthur Card Systems.
In 2003, he joined Celavie as Associate Director, where he participated in the development of new chip card activities before returning to the Oberthur Group in May 2006 as Deputy Managing Director.
In June 2008, he became Chief Executive Officer of Oberthur Technologies until it was sold (Card systems and Identity activities) to Advent International in December 2011.
Thomas Savare has been Chief Executive Officer of Oberthur Fiduciaire, one of the world’s leading private security printers specializing in the production of banknotes since December 2011. In February 2014, he also became Chairman of the Group François-Charles Oberthur, (FCO Group).
Jens has been in the industry for nearly 30 years with senior management roles in sales and marketing, operations, customer service, business development, and general management. During his time with both Thomas Cook and Travelex, he developed complex outsourcing propositions, building turnkey end-to-end solutions including client front-end systems, efficient fulfillment options, accurate interfacing with back-office systems, and the provision of timely reporting. During his career, Jens managed up to 18 global cash centers simultaneously and led a global wholesale banknotes business. He has significant experience in building and modernizing cash centers, running extensive transformation programs, and introducing new automation solutions, best demonstrated through his pivotal role in the Taxidia project.
Jens led many major change programs throughout the years and managed teams of up to 450 people across five continents, generating revenues of several tens of millions of pounds. In its role as a knowledge-based services company, CR is in a unique position to offer consulting services to the cash industry. Jens’ depth of experience in developing tailored solutions for banks and financial services companies makes him a valuable addition to the CR team and enhances CR’s ever-increasing portfolio of proprietary research reports, market intelligence, and consulting work.
Chris Trill has held a role on the Executive Management Team of Global Operations within HSBC from 2014, initially as the Global Head of Supplied Services and then with an expanded role from April 2017 assuming the role of Global Head of Operational Services. In this role Chris leads an international team in over 45 countries and takes operational responsibility for cash management, cheque processing, customer correspondence, physical document management, analytics, GLCM helpdesk, reconciliations, global publishing services and external utility creation / monetization through a team called Strategic Industry Solutions. This department acts as an internal utility function for HSBC serving both wholesale and consumer banking allowing the bank to build scale, expertise, consistency, and ultimately, a great reputation for world-class delivery.
Alongside this Chris is also the Accountable Executive for the global governance of external suppliers utilized by HSBC Operations. All in all the shape of Operational Services includes 4500 colleagues, 800 Suppliers and a Direct Cost base of c.600m delivering services that support all of HSBC’s customers across the world. In his previous role, Chris was the Head of UK Benefits, where he devised, developed and led the HR Benefits strategy, policies, practices and programs, and its effective implementation. Chris also created a framework for Benefits products and services delivered by third party providers.
Prior to HSBC, Chris was Director – UK Benefits, Corporate HR, with GlaxoSmithKline, where he conceptualized and led a cost effective corporate wide pension and benefit program. Whilst at GlaxoSmithKline Chris also held a global role in procurement supporting HR. Chris held a wide range of sales and account management roles in the early part of his career with companies such as Cable & Wireless and Kelly. Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social History from the University of East Anglia, Norwich
Leif Veggum joined Norges Bank in 1986, and has worked in the Cashier’s Department since 2000, becoming Director of the unit in 2017. He has played a central part in the changes that Norges Bank implemented in the cash area in order to increase the overall efficiency in cash distribution. This includes both redefining Norges Bank’s role and responsibilities, and reorganising the services and tasks for which the central bank is responsible.
Prior to that, he served in Norges Bank’s Financial Markets Department and Payment Systems Department.
Marc Vanvooren joined the National Bank of Belgium in 1983. After several years in the IT department he joined the Cash Department in 1991, and he became Chief Cashier in 1997. He has a Master's degree in Macro-economic Sciences and in Business Administration.
Enrica Teresa Vignoli graduated from the "Cesare Alfieri" Faculty of Political Science of the University of Florence in 1983. In 1984 she joined the Bank of Italy and was assigned to the local branches of Verona, Siena, Ferrara and Pisa, gaining experience in a broad range of operational areas (from cashier services to supervisory activities).
In 1998 she joined the Internal Audit Department, where she first conducted and later coordinated audits of the Bank's head offices and branches, IT procedures and activities conducted on behalf of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). She also participated in task forces to support the work of the Internal Auditors Committee of the ESCB, primarily dealing with issues related to currency circulation.
In 2008 she was assigned to the External Relations and General Affairs Department of the Banking and Financial Supervision Area, where she was appointed Head of the newly-established Intermediary-Client Relations Division. In that capacity she had special responsibility for setting up the Banking and Financial Ombudsman, the Bank of Italy's alternative dispute resolution mechanism for out-of-court settlement of customers' complaints to banks and other intermediaries concerning banking and financial transactions and services.
In 2010 she joined the Bank Directorate dealing with the Issue function; in 2012 she was appointed Head of the Directorate. She represents the Bank of Italy in the Banknote Committee (BANCO) at the European Central Bank.
In 2015 she was awarded the honorary title of Knight of Order “to the merit of the Italian Republic” by the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
Coen Voormeulen is Director of the Cash Division in De Nederlandsche Bank. In that function he is member of the Banknote Committee of the Eurosystem, and observer in the Supervisory Board of ‘Geldmaat’ (previously called GSN). He is also responsible for the building of a new Cash Centre in the Netherlands. In earlier positions he was Director of the Payments Division, co-chair of the BIS-IOSCO working group on Cyber Resilience, Director of the Statistics and Information Division as well as manager in the Economic and Monetary Policy area.”
Michael Wakileh is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of ProgressSoft Corporation.
Since 1989, Michael has been assuming a predominant role behind ProgressSoft's success and global presence with a long-standing career focus that has successfully positioned ProgressSoft as a pioneer of real-time payments and an innovator of world-first payment solutions.
Michael's vision has resulted in migrating renowned financial institutions to new payment paradigms, on nationwide scales.
Christina Wejshammar holds an LL.M. from Lund University (Sweden) 1996 and the Collège d’Europe (Belgium) 1997.
Christina has ten years’ experience of legal practice in Sweden, both in the public and private sector, of which five have been at the Sveriges Riksbank.
Since 2008, she has held different managing positions in the payments area of the Riksbank, starting with cash handling. She is currently head of the Payments Department, which comprises all operational and analytical activities in the field of payments at the Riksbank. Christina is thus involved in issues covering cash, payment settlement and central bank digital currencies. Christina reports to the Governor of the Riksbank.
Laura Wheeler is the Strategy and Marketing Director at Portals with a focus on developing and maintaining strong commercial relationships with customers and partners, as well as defining and implementing the long term strategy for Portals. Laura has worked in the currency industry since 2012 having previously worked for De La Rue. Prior to De La Rue, Laura worked in the IT sector and latterly was working with global assessment organisations to understand how technology might support high stake assessments.
Gerben van Wijk is Sales and Marketing Director at Luminescence Sun Chemical Security. Separately he also is Co-Chair of the ICA’s Global Cash Alliance committee and Board Member of the International Tax Stamp Association. In 2004 Gerben made his entry in the security printing industry when he joined Drent Goebel, at that time a global supplier of printing technologies for security documents and banknotes. In 2008 Gerben became an independent consultant and worked as Marketing Director for Currency Research, in which position he was responsible for all marketing activities, various studies on cash circulation and also for setting up the first International Commercial Cash Operations Seminar (ICCOS) in Europe. He also took up the role of Membership Director for the International Association of Currency Affairs. He consulted with various start-up companies in the industry with strategic marketing activities. In September 2010, Gerben joined KBA-NotaSys as Marketing and Communications Manager. After eight years in this role, with responsibility for the global marketing of the complete portfolio of products and solutions the company offers to the high-security printing industry, he moved on to Luminescence Sun Chemical Security in March 2019. Here he leads the global team of sales, marketing, and product specialists for the security inks division.
Ms Lydia Yip, Head of Currency and Settlement Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Ms Yip was appointed to the current post in 2002. During the 17 years of oversight on payment and settlement and busy note issuance schedule, she has masterminded 3 banknotes series for the three commercial note banks each with 15 designs, 2 designs of Hong Kong Government $10 note in paper and polymer, and 5 very successful commemorative notes which raised a total of USD200 million for local charity projects. Ms Yip was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, the projects she led also won awards including the Best Public Education Programme for the 2010 series, Best Coin Innovation for the Coin Collection Programme in 2015 and Best Banknote Series in 2018.
Kathleen is the Senior Vice President for the Federal Reserve System’s Cash Product Office, led out of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In this role, Kathleen’s team provides strategic direction to the Federal Reserve System's Cash Services business by guiding policies and procedures, establishing budget guidance, providing support for Fed currency and coin inventory management, engaging customers and other key industry participants, and supporting Cash Services business continuity planning. Kathleen is also responsible for policy and market analysis, finance, and communications. As a Bank executive, she also serves on the Bank’s Management Committee.
Prior to joining the CPO in 2016, Kathleen held numerous leadership positions in the Federal Reserve System. These include oversight of information technology groups, as well as over 20 years in many areas of Federal Reserve Financial Services, including the Customer Relations and Support Office at the FRB Chicago, and oversight of check and cash operations at the FRB Atlanta.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from The Florida State University. In addition, she completed executive programs at Harvard Business School, Columbia University, and the Darden Business School.