Mexico City, May 17-20 | 2021

2019 Agenda

Topics for the 2021 Currency Conference will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, please refer to the 2019 agenda below as a reference.

Sunday, April 7
12:00pm - 3:00pm  Pre-Conference Workshop: Payments for Cash Professionals
Additional fee; must pre-register. 
3:00pm - 6:00pm  Delegate Check-in and Distribution of Conference Materials
6:00pm - 9:30pm  Welcome Dinner Under the Stars 
Time includes 30 minute travel to/from venue.
Monday, April 8
Conference Desk & Exhibition Hours - 8:00am-6:00pm
8:45am Spousal/Guest Day Tour
Meets and departs from lobby; must pre-register.
8:30am – 8:45am  Conference Welcome | Richard Haycock | Chairman, Currency Research
8:45am – 9:05am  Welcome Address | Sultan Al Sakeb | Acting Head of Banking Operation and Payment System Department, Central Bank of UAE
9:05am – 9:25am Feature Presentation: Cash Strategy in a Less Cash World – A Commercial Bank’s Perspective
Chris Trill
| Head of Operational Services, Operations, HSBC
9:25am – 9:45am IACA Announcement of Award Finalists
9:45am-10:45am Group Photo and Coffee Break 
Coffee Break
10:15am -10:40am Technical Discussion Presentations
10:15am - 10:25am  Oberthur Fiduciaire | Traceability 
10:30am - 10:40am  CCL | An Innovative Solution For Low Denomination Banknotes at the Coin/Note Boundary
10:45am - 12:15pm

Session I | Cash and Payment Studies: Latest Trends | Panel Discussion & Presentations

There is a lot of noise around the world of payments. Some media commentators would have us believe we are on the brink of a cashless world. But what is the reality? What are cash usage trends from around the world telling us and how can this knowledge inform a Central Bank's cash strategy?

Gonzalo Santamaria | Vice President, Currency Research

Maureen Carroll | Managing Director, Currency Department, Bank of Canada
Mark Gould | First Vice President and COO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and National Cash Product Director
Beat Grossenbacher | Head of Cash, Swiss National Bank
Ton Roos | Director, Banknotes, European Central Bank

12:15pm - 2:00pm   Lunch  
12:15pm - 12:35pm Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session I
12:40pm - 1:20pm     Round Table Discussions
CPS | Using Data To Drive Strategy
Room: Al Ameera 1
Bluechain | Going Cashless and Financial Inclusion 
Room: Al Ameera 2 
1:25pm - 1:50pm    Technical Discussion Presentations
1:25pm - 1:35pm   Portals | Cylinder Mould Watermarks: At The Heart of Banknote Security
1:40pm - 1:50pm   Luminescence Sun Chemical Security | The New Luminescence Sun Chemical Security  
2:00pm - 3:15pm Session II | Central Bank Role in Managing the Less-Cash Landscape | Panel Discussion

As many countries move toward a less-cash society, what are the challenges and, most important, what is the Central Bank’s Role in this new paradigm? A panel of senior Central Bank executives who are currently wrestling with this existential dilemma for cash will discuss and debate some very real challenges: What happens to freedom of choice, access, and equity if the cash infrastructure cannot be supported? How, and indeed should, the Central Bank support the cash cycle and whose responsibility is it to provide cash services? Is cash really a contingency in a less-cash society? What does legal tender really mean? What are the lessons that will help inform the next wave of countries heading towards a less-cash future?

Päivi Heikkinen | Head, Payments Systems Department, Bank of Finland

Sarah John | Chief Cashier and Director of Notes, Bank of England
Coen Voormeulen | Director, Cash Division, De Nederlandsche Bank
Chen Jianxin | Deputy Director General, Currency, Gold and Silver Bureau, People's Bank of China
Christina Wejshammar | Head, Payments Department, Sveriges Riksbank

3:15pm - 4:15pm  Coffee Break 
Coffee Break
3:15pm -3:35pm     Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session II
3:40pm - 4:05pm Technical Discussion Presentations
3:40pm - 3:50pm  Royal Canadian Mint | Celebrating with Coins
3:55pm - 4:05pm  Diavy srl | Diavy Holographics – the Leading Supplier of Equipment and Services for the Banknote Industry
4:15pm - 5:30pm Session III | The Central Bank Role in Managing Cash in High-Use Countries | Panel Discussion

Many countries are still experiencing significant growth in cash in circulation with no slowdown in sight. This panel of Central Bank experts will deliberate on some of the major policy and strategic challenges faced in higher cash-use countries. Should ‘less cash’ be the goal of a Central Bank – and should the Central Bank care? Does cash promote or exclude financial inclusion? What are the key objectives for the Central Bank in a high cash-use society? Is efficiency always the real driver? How much direct involvement in the cash cycle is too much? We will discuss strategies for efficiency, such as re-engineering currency management on an industry-wide level, and outsourcing. How much do these really reduce the societal cost of cash and how do they promote efficiency?

Ton Roos | Director, Banknotes, European Central Bank


Johann Bence | Head, Currency Management Department, South African Reserve Bank
Octavia Gibson | Deputy Director, Banking, Currency & Investments, Central Bank of Barbados
Tomoko Kurose | Director, Bank of Japan
Manas Mohanty | Chief General Manager, Department of Currency Management, Reserve Bank of India
Hassan Lootah | Analyst, Banking Operations Dubai Branch, Central Bank of UAE

5:30pm - 7:30pm Evening Exhibition Reception 
5:30pm - 5:50pm Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session III
Tuesday, April 9
Conference Desk & Exhibition Hours - 8:00am-6:00pm
8:30am - 8:50am In Conversation: Access to Cash in the UK

David Hensley | Director, Cash Services UK
Jens Seidl | Vice President Business Development & Consulting, Currency Research

David Hensley and Jens Seidl will discuss insights from the recently published “Access to Cash” report and what opportunities it presents to the cash industry. The report highlights the need for an action plan that ensures the continued availability of cash and offers five recommendations that should be adopted to ensure no one is left behind. The findings from the report are by no means unique to the UK, and can help with understanding the impact of similar transitions in other countries, identifying potential risks as early as possible and suggesting possible solutions to counter unintended consequences.

8:50am - 10:00am Session IV | New Trends in Cash Circulation and Management | Presentation Session

One of the core responsibilities of the currency function at the Central Bank is ensuring a safe, secure and efficient cash cycle. With increased data readily available, Central Banks can organize and better plan according to what the data reveals. Central Banks and industry participants will share their recent initiatives, research, and experiences relating to the management of cash circulation. Delegates will gain new insights on this important topic.

  Session Coordinator: 
Adam Lawrence | CEO, Cash Processing Solutions (CPS)

How to Define and Execute a Cash Strategy in an Uncertain and Volatile Environment
Erick Lacourrege | Director General, Services to the Economy and Branches, Banque de France

Cash Management and Anti-Money Laundering: The Experience of a Central Bank
Enrica Teresa Vignoli | Head, Currency Circulation Management Directorate, Banca d'Italia

Can Cash Centers Managed and Built Through Public Private Partnership (P3) Create a More Secure and Efficient Cash Cycle?
Raf Goossens | Managing Director, PEC

10:00am - 11:00am Coffee Break 
Coffee Break
10:00am - 10:20am Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session IV
10:25am - 10:55am Technical Discussion Presentations
10:25am - 10:35am  CPS | Counterfeit Analysis & Examination: Brand New Data Management Tool From CPS
10:40am - 10:50am  Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. | Our Challenge to Integrate an OVD into a Polymer Banknote
11:00am - 12:00pm Session V | Efficiency vs. Cost Saving – Maintaining Integrity | Panel Discussion

All Central Banks must ensure they are fiscally responsible. There are always pressures to control costs but at what price? Our panel of experts will deliberate the challenge of ensuring the minimal societal cost of the cash cycle (efficiency) against internal Central Bank requirements for cost savings. Is the Central Bank obliged to spend more to make the cash cycle more efficient? Do Central Banks care too much about quality of notes in circulation against the efficiency of note recycling? Is there too much focus on expensive level one features at the expense of cost to the industry of their introduction? If banknotes are crucial to maintaining the public’s confidence and faith of a country’s financial system, who should bear the cost?

Shaun Ferrari | Managing Director, Americas & Caribbean, Currency Research

Dr. Johannes Beermann | Member, Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Chris Trill | Head of Operational Services, Operations, HSBC
Marc Vanvooren | Chief Cashier, National Bank of Belgium
Leif Veggum | Director, Cashier's Department, Norges Bank

12:00pm - 2:15pm   Lunch
12:00pm - 12:20pm Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session V
12:20pm - 1:05pm Round Table Discussions
Cash Services UK | Cash: The Invisible Hero
Room: Al Ameera 1
1:15pm - 2:10pm    Technical Discussion Presentations
1:15pm - 1:25pm   Jarden Zinc | Moving the Note/Coin Boundary for Ukrainian Hryvnia: New 5 And 10 Hryvna Coins
1:30pm - 1:40pm   Banknote World | Banknote World Educational: Archiving the World’s Banknotes
1:45pm - 1:55pm   ProgressSoft | Central Bank Digital Currency: A Financial Revolution
2:00pm - 2:10pm UAE Exchange | The Perpetual Importance of Foreign Currency Banknotes in the Current Global Scenario
2:15pm - 3:45pm Session VI | Managing the Cash Cycle for Resiliency | Presentation Session

The challenges of ensuring a robust cash cycle in an increasingly fast-paced changing environment means business as usual cannot be taken for granted. We seem to be facing more natural disasters and technical interruptions that can render the electronic payments infrastructure ineffective. Geo-political instability can affect the supply chain, and there is domestic pressure in some countries to close bank branches and ATMs. What are effective contingency planning models to deal with the known and the unknown? What is the Central Bank role in ensuring resiliency?

  Session Coordinator:
Kathleen Young | Senior Vice President, Cash Product Office, Federal Reserve System

Managing Cash Operations and Management in Times of High Uncertainty
Zambre Ismail | Head of BNM Office, Bank Negara Malaysia

Payments Resilience – Cash and the Role of the Central Bank
Steve Gordon | Head, Currency, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Importance of Cash and the Impact of the Reduction of Bank Offices on its Access
Concha Jiménez | Director General of Cash and Branches, Banco de España 

Cash-Provision Scheme After a Major Natural Disaster
Nestor Plazas Bonilla | Chief Officer, Industrial and Treasury Affairs, Banco de la República - Central Bank of Colombia 

3:45pm - 4:45pm Coffee Break
Coffee Break
3:45pm - 4:05pm Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session VI
4:10pm - 4:40pm Technical Discussion Presentations
  4:10pm - 4:20pm  HUECK FOLIEN | Trends in High Security Features from the Expert in Security Threads and Foils 
  4:25pm - 4:35pm  The Royal Mint | Why Issuing Low-Value Banknotes (Especially Plastic) is Clearly a Bad Idea
4:45pm - 6:00pm Session VII | Industry Chairmen and CEOs | Panel Discussion

This panel of industry CEOs will give their thoughts on some of the leading issues of the day. Delegates will be surveyed before the conference to help determine the most pressing questions for discussion. These experts may have some surprising insights for you!

Michael Lambert, Banknote Director, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Dr. Martin Bergsmann | CEO, Hueck Folien
Rick Haycock | Chairman, Currency Research
Chris Hyman | Chairman, Cash Processing Solutions (CPS)
Ross Holliday | CEO, Portals
Thomas Savare | Group CEO, Oberthur Fiduciaire

6:00pm - 7:15pm Happy Hour with Currency Research | Andiamo! Restaurant
Wednesday, April 10
Conference Desk & Exhibition Hours - 8:00am-3:30pm
8:30am - 10:00am Session VIII | Key Strategic Consideration for Banknote and Coin Issuance | Presentation Session

Banknote and coin issue remain the fundamental role of a Central Bank. The session's presentations offer global best practices such as: managing relationships with suppliers; currency procurement best practices; social media and public relations strategies; the future of coins; and maintaining visibility in the production process from creation to delivery.

  Session Coordinator:
Tim Berridge | Director R&D, Marketing, and Design, CCL Secure

Cash Use in a Less Cash Future
Melissa Hope | Head, Banknote Issue, Reserve Bank of Australia

A Challenging Transition to New Banknote Series: Thailand’s Experiences
Dr. Sopee Sa-nguandekul | Director of Banknote Strategic Planning Department, Bank of Thailand

The Forgotten Questions
James Hussey | Advisor to the Chairman of the Board, Oberthur Fiduciaire

The Challenges of Strategic Banknote Planning and Management in an Island Nation
Susan Kumar | Chief Manager, Currency & Corporate Services, Reserve Bank of Fiji 

10:00am - 11:00am Coffee Break 
Coffee Break
10:00am - 10:20am Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session VIII
10:25am - 10:55am Technical Discussion Presentations
10:25am - 10:35am  Bluechain | Mobile Money: Poster Child or Problem Child?
10.40am - 10:50am  Pasaban, S.A. | Banknote Windows with Laser Technology: Techniques to Apply Security Features to Banknotes
11:00am - 12:00pm Session IX | Practical Applications of Banknote Issuance | Presentation Session

What does banknote and coin issue policy and strategy look like in practice? This session will provide insight into practical ways policy and strategy has and can be implemented – from new ways of looking at the production process to the finished product in circulation.

  Session Coordinator:
Dan Harrison | Vice President, Operations, Currency Research

3Ps – A Road Map to Excellence
Lydia Yip | Head, Currency and Settlement Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Objectives for the Issuance of the New Series of Banknotes: Kyrgyz National Bank’s Experience
Tolkunbek Abdygulov | Chairman, National Bank of the Kyrgyzstan Republic

Coloring in a Banknote's Security Picture
Gerben van Wijk | Sales and Marketing Director, Luminescence Sun Chemical Security 

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
12:00pm -12:20pm     Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued From Session IX
12:25pm - 1:05pm     Round Table Discussions
  CCL Secure | How do You Keep Cash Relevant in Today’s Electronic World?
Room: Al Ameera 1
Luminescence Sun Chemical Security | New Options for Banknote Security Inks
Room: Al Ameera 2
1:30pm - 2:30pm Session X | Big Data – Can it Make a Difference? | Presentation Session

There is a lot of discussion, planning, and ideas around Big Data. But have we learned anything yet? Has the data collected affected or influenced policy decisions, and what can we expect for the future?

  Session Coordinator:
Laura Wheeler | Strategy and Marketing Director, Portals

A New Approach to Monitor Banknote in Circulation using Big Data
Alejandro Alegre | General Director, Currency Issuance, Banco de México

Big Data - To Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt?
Stefan Hardt | Director General, Cash Management, Deutsche Bundesbank

Currency Analytics – Now & Tomorrow
Ted Garanzotis | Senior Director, Research, Currency Department, Bank of Canada

2:30pm - 3:15pm Coffee Break 
Coffee Break
2:30pm - 2:50pm Fireside Chat: Discussion Continued from Session X
3:15pm - 4:30pm Session XI | Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC): Latest Research and Possibilities | Panel Discussion

Many Central Banks and solution providers are considering the possibility of a Central Bank-issued digital currency. What are the findings and what are the prospects for its actual use? We are now beyond the hype of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, which are now investments for those who like high-risk assets in their portfolios. But what is the legacy of cryptocurrencies to date? Is there a future for a fiat digital currency issued by a Central Bank? And, critically, is a CBDC an extension of the banknote? Can they co-exist in the future? This expert panel will discuss current CBDC projects, explore potential models, the likelihood for success, and the impact on policy and strategy decisions.

Jean-Michel Godeffroy, former ECB Director General, Payment Systems & Market Infrastructure; Associate Consultant, Currency Research

Lindsay Boulton | Assistant Governor (Business Services),  Reserve Bank of Australia
Gerry Gaetz | CEO Payments Canada
Michael Wakileh | CEO, ProgressSoft Corporation
Christina Wejshammar | Head, Payments Department, Sveriges Riksbank

4:30pm - 5:00pm Conference Close & Currency Conference 2021 Announcement 
6:15pm - 11:00pm  Gala Dinner A 'Night at the Opera' Evening of Elegance
Off-site (includes 30 minute travel to/from venue).
11:00pm - ?? Gala Dinner After-Party at Cavalli Club
Dance the rest of the night away in a chic Dubai club.
Thursday, April 11
9:30am - 12:30pm Polymer Users Summit
Must pre-register; no extra fee required. This summit is for Banknote Issuers/Central Banks only. 
9:30am - 12:30pm 2nd Annual State Printworks Summit
Must pre-register; no extra fee required. This summit is for State-run Printworks only.