Global Money Transfer Summit 2015

15-16 September 2015

London, United Kingdom

AGENDA

 

DAY 1
 
9 - 9.15    Welcome IAMTN
 
9.15 - 10.15    Key Speaker   

With a wide variety of experience in both the private and public sectors, in remittances, payments and markets, Kai is expertly positioned to describe the ‘lay of the land’ as far as the international payments space is concerned.  He understands the key issues from both the position of development agencies and from the money transfer operators as well.  In his current role with IFC he looks at many businesses that are seeking funding or investment.  He is always forthright in his views and is certain to begin the conference on a high.

Kai Schmitz - IFC

 
10.15 - 11.15    Traditional Model   

Traditional Money Transfer operators are facing many challenges.  Many of these are not new but some are.  They range from changing technological trends, new market entrants, shifting consumers needs, margin pressure (through lowering fees and higher costs), bank account access, managing bad debts to potential changes in regulation and many others. Where do the traditional cash-based operators see the opportunities and threats over the next 10 years, and what will the market look like in 2025?
Sebastian Plubins - Ria Money Transfer
Marc Matthews - MoneyGram International 

Jeremy De Smet - MoneyTrans 

Moderator: Mohit Davar

 

11.15 - 11.30 COFFEE BREAK  
 
11.30 - 13.00    Mobile Payment

Mobile payments have been around for some time in the remittances market for some time and have been debated in earnest at most GMT Summits.  However, there is even more discussion on mobile payments now and, as a transmission method, they still account for a really small share of the market.  Will mobile ever take off?  What will it take for this to happen?  Is it really only a niche product in limited geographies? Listen to active market participants to understand what is really going to force growth in the mobile space.

Rajiv Bhatia - Ericsson 

Tom Heeremans - TransferTo 

Ammara Batool - Mobilink 

Alix Murphy - Worldremit 

Stephen Doyle - Homesend 

Moderator: AJ Hanna

 

13.00 - 14.30    LUNCH   
 
14.30 - 15.30  Remittance Overlook

Dilip Ratha is one of the key spokespeople on remittances and is often the ‘go-to’ person for a range of media.  Dilip has extensive experience as an economist with the World Bank and he and his team publish much of the official data on remittance flows around the world as well as being a key thought leader.  Dilip is famed for his remittance forecasts and will present these together with other key insights in what is sure to be a fascinating session.

Dilip Ratha - The World Bank

 
15.30 - 16.00 COFFEE BREAK
 
16.00 - 17.00   Start-ups

There are always new entrants looking to enter into the remittances market.  This session will look at where the discussants see opportunities for them, how they are trying to create a difference and also some of the challenges that they have.  With contributions ranging from mobile payments to bill pay to online consumer data there is no shortage of variety in the new entrants.  What makes these businesses tick and what can traditional businesses learn from them.

TawiPay

Cashwave

Savvee

Bibitel

 
15.30 - 16.00 COFFEE BREAK  
 
16.00 - 17.00  Remittance Overlook

Dilip Ratha is one of the key spokespeople on remittances and is often the ‘go-to’ person for a range of media.  Dilip has extensive experience as an economist with the World Bank and he and his team publish much of the official data on remittance flows around the world as well as being a key thought leader.  Dilip is famed for his remittance forecasts and will present these together with other key insights in what is sure to be a fascinating session.

Dilip Ratha - The World Bank

 
17.00 17.15 - End day 1  
 
18.00 Networking Evening - Drink Reception 
 
 
DAY 2
 
9 - 9.15    Welcome   
  
9.15 - 10.15    Key Speaker   

At last year’s GMTS the audience was fortunate enough to hear from Earthport on their take on the remittances and payments space and this year will see another much-looked-forward to address from this forward thinking organisation.  Earthport really have have brought a refreshingly innovative approach to payments and are a critical partner for many remittance companies.  In what promises to be a stimulating session we will undestand what makes Earthport so innovative and what the philosophy behind their approach is.

Earthport - Daniel Marovitz

 

10.15 - 10.45    Post Office   

Post offices have long been seen as vital players in the remittances space.  With the largest distribution networks, often in some of the hardest to reach areas, Post Offices have the potential to be the key distributors of face-to-face remittances in every market.  Yet, in many countries they have not reached their potential and their role in the electronic age is being questioned.  One of the key challenges has always been access to appropriate technology.  The solution to this and other challenges will be explored during this session.

Michel Stuijt - Eurogiro 

 

10.45 - 11.00 Coffee Break

 

11.00 - 12.00    Who are the real disruptive players in the Remittance Industry?  

Prior to the 2008 global economic crisis, the financial industry was generally considered to be one of the least open to innovation and disruption. The rise of FinTech means that this has now changed.  Who are the disruptors?  What can the encumbents do to compete – is it a case of change or be damned? Are the disruptors really going to change how remittances work?

Michael Kent - Azimo 

Inigo Belausteguigoitia - Regalii

Faisal Khalid - TransferCorp Limited 

Moderator: Mohit Davar

 

12.00 - 13.00    Cryptocurrency 

There has been a wealth of discussion and debate around crypto-currencies and the blockchain this year.  This really is the hot topic.  There has been some embryonic crypto-currency/remittance partnerships so far and this session will outline what could happen in the future, how this area is really revolutionary and how it is going to make difference in the receiving markets where access to financial services is limited.  With an outstanding panel this really will be a must see session. 

Jon Matonis - Bitcoin Foundation 

Wouter Vonk - Bitpay 

Ronny Boesing - CCEDK ApS

Moderator: Leon Isaacs 

  

13.00 - 14.30    LUNCH

 

14.30 - 15.30  Providers who service the remittance industry   

In the last few years service providers to the remittance industry have emerged thus enhancing the ability of companies to offer customer focused services.  Two key areas area in the access to new infrastructure including FX services and in customer identification.  This session will look at these and other areas and will also enable market participants to debate other areas where they need support. 

Robert Bell - KlickEx Group

David Pope - Jumio 

Moderator: Leon Isaacs

 

15.30 - 16.00    COFFEE BREAK    

 

16.00 - 17.00     Regulation - 4th EMDThe 4th European Money Laundering Directive Will have an impact on all European based remittances companies along with other financial market participants.  To help unravel the changes and put the new directive into perspective we could have no better presenter than Thaer Sabri.  He understands all of the detail and the nuances and has operated in this space for two decades.  He has a gift for explaining this complicated area in a way that we can all understand.
Thaer Sabri - E-ma
 
17.00 - 17.15    End day 2  

 

 

 

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