Listen and engage with our range of speakers from across the industry

Headshots_Ruth.jpgRuth Milligan - Head of Financial Services & Payments, Tech UK

Ruth is the head of techUK’s Financial Services and Payments programme. She takes the lead on all issues relating to insurance, capital markets, financial inclusion, identity and blockchain as well as payments – including the annual Payments Innovation Conference run jointly by techUK and Payments UK. The work spans building advocacy relationships with government and regulators, identifying market developments and facilitating networking and business development opportunities for members.

Ruth will be running the panel on PSD2


Bill McKimm.pngBill McKimm - Chief Innovation Officer, Iorma

A creative business leader with a broad set of skills and extensive experience across all areas of eCommerce, Travel Retail and Consumer Products. Bill has a strong background in digital and business transformation and has worked on a number of large scale technology programs. This is uniquely combined with commercial leadership through his roles as Category Director (B&Q) and MFI (Trading Director) – a rare combination indeed. Bill has a significant business network and is a proven partnership builder.

Presentation: Becoming Innovation Centric

All of us will have been taken aback buy the continuous acceleration of innovation cycles across almost all sectors. Well guess what - they are going to continue speeding up. Those organisations who face into this challenge head on and put technology and innovation at the centre of their organisations will have some chance of staying relevant (for their customers) and surviving in the face of mass disruption. Mobile and specifically mobile payments is now having to deal with some pretty seismic shifts; Augmented and Virtual Reality, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, Block Chain, new Fintech Upstarts and of course Apple and Android fundamentally resetting the board game. 

 So what to do? How to react? Where to start? …. 


nigel alexander.pngNigel Alexander - Marketing Manager - Phonovation

Nigel has worked with Phonovation (Interactive SMS and Automated Voice Provider) since 2014. As well as being the Marketing Manager he is also the product lead for He holds a BA in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

Presentation: Insights gained into competing for consumers in a digital market


david stephens vodafone.jpgDavid Stephens - Head of B2B Enablers, Vodafone

David is accountable for Vodafone's wholesale messaging and premium rate services.  His accountability spans business development, sales, product, technology and compliance and he has a demonstrable record of identifying and exploiting commercial B2B/B2C opportunities to drive financial growth and competitive advantage.

Presentation: Carrier Billing growth through regulation an operators' perspective

mark challinor.pngMark Challinor - Digital Commercial Director, Trinity Mirror

Media professional worked in digital (and print) media arenas. Specialist in commercialising digital:mobile platform media (and for media clients, the "digital + print ecology), merging traditional and newer channels whilst driving and maximising profits...and creating a better experience for customers. This involves development of new offerings and creative services to audiences which can executed commercially. (Previous/recent roles dovetai into this...Commercial Consultant /Director Trinity Mirror plc, Director of Mobile Platforms at The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph). 

Presentation: Benefit of bill to mobile in the digital age


FinbarrOM.pngFinbarr  O'Mahony - Head of Real Money Gaming EMEA, Global Gaming - Facebook

Finbarr started his career as a software developer after completing his Computer Science degree in 2002 just as the dot-com bubble burst. He quickly found a passion for digital marketing joining Google when they opened their first office in Dublin in 2003. In 2009 Finbarr joined Facebook and has been working with partners in the gaming space ever since. One of the first members of Facebook’s dedicated Global Gaming Team, Finbarr has been leading the Real Money Gaming business in EMEA since January 2016.

Presentation: Reaching your customers on Facebook

Graham Cornhill.pngGraham Cornhill - Managing Director - Wi-Q Technologies
Graham is a successful entrepreneur and has been instrumental in transforming several businesses before he founded Wi-Q Technologies. His work has seen him involved in a number of multi-million pound acquisitions, growing a start-up mobile phone retail business to 62 stores nationwide and employing over 300 staff with gross revenues in excess of £20m.

Presentation: The benefits of early convergence when delivering disruptive technology

Ilkka Seppanen.pngIlkka Seppanen - Head of Customer Operations - Siru Mobile

Ilkka Seppänen is the Head of Customer Operations at Siru Mobile, a mobile payments company from Finland providing easy-to-implement solutions for attaining business growth. Ilkka has more than 15 years of experience within the business development and sales field. For the past 6 years his focus has been entirely placed on the mobile technology innovations and their impact on the way customers choose and pay for goods and services. Ilkka has helped many businesses in Scandinavia increase their sales up to 3 times by implementing mobile payment solutions

Presentation: How mobile payments can boost the revenue in Fast Food industry?

shane leahy.pngShane Leahy - CEO - Tola Mobile

Joining the Oxygen 8 Group in 2001 as CEO of Oxygen 8 Ireland, Shane oversaw the rapid development of the business.  In October 2006, Shane became CEO of the Group where he diversified the business into three distinct divisions; Corporate solutions, Payment solutions and 08 Money (International Mobile remittances), which has become Tola Mobile.  In August 2015 Shane became CEO of Tola Mobile – now one of the fastest growing mobile payment intermediaries in Africa.

Simon head image.jpgSimon Pepper - Head of Product Management, Tola Mobile

Simon joined Tola Mobile in November 2016 and heads up the product ownership of the Tola platform, building on the existing wallet integrations in Africa and the introduction in Europe, under an UK issued e-money license.  

 Presentation:  Overview of Tola Mobile products

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