• Michael Aragona
  • Head of Sales Americas
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Mr. Michael Aragona joined Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in 2016 to build out the bank’s global corporate business in the Americas and provide strategic direction for the bank’s newly formed Global Transaction Banking Division. An International Treasury Specialist with significant transaction banking advisory experience, Mr. Aragona has worked globally managing teams of treasury professionals. He has also been a EuroFinance chairperson and recently authored a textbook for The London Institute of Banking and Finance’s new qualification on payments, CertPAY. He holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Service with Georgetown University and is currently based in New York.
  • Fahd Ansari
  • Director, Financial Institutions Segment Manager
  • MUFG
  • Mr. Fahd Ansari is based in New York and is responsible for working with Financial Institutions clients within the Asian Corporate Banking segment at MUFG to deliver a broad range of Treasury Management solutions within Transaction Banking. Prior to joining MUFG, he was with Standard Chartered Bank in New York where he covered Financial Institutions across North America to meet their banking requirements across global cash management & global trade finance. Mr. Ansari was recognized as a Future Leader in Transaction Banking by BAFT in 2016.
  • Neville Arjani
  • Director, Research
  • Payments Canada
  • Mr. Neville Arjani serves as Director, Research at Payments Canada. He and his team are responsible for delivering thought leadership, analysis and advice to support the strategic and operational priorities of the organization. His research interests include settlement risk management in clearing and settlement systems, intraday liquidity management, technology and payments, and the contribution of payments systems to broader economic and financial outcomes. Mr. Arjani joined Payments Canada in 2014, following nearly 5 years in a research and policy capacity with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and nearly 8 years in a similar capacity with the Bank of Canada.
  • Vivek Bajaj
  • Global Vice President
  • Watson Financial Services Solutions
  • IBM
  • Mr. Vivek Bajaj is the Global VP of Solutions for IBM Financial Services. He leads a worldwide team of experienced Sales, Technical Sales and Industry consultants who work with major financial institutions to deliver pre-built industry specific solutions in the areas of risk & compliance, client insight, payments & counter fraud. Alongside his leadership responsibilities he works directly with C-suite executives to share best practices based on his two decades of expertise in financial services. He has personally driven strategic transformation initiatives by leveraging cognitive & advanced analytics at major financial institutions in the recent past. In particular he has an in-depth understanding of financial services use cases around customer centricity, risk & compliance (regtech) and payments. Mr. Bajaj has played numerous roles directly related to the financial services industry over the last several years. Directly prior to his current role he led the WW Financial Services Analytics team for IBM. In the years before that he has held a number of leadership positions in financial services including managing the client executive relationship with a top-10 financial institution and heading a strategic consulting practice for financial services globally.
  • Charles Bretz
  • Director of Payment Risk
  • FS-ISAC
  • Charles Bretz is the Director of Payment Risk at the Financial Services Information and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). Charles has over 20 years of executive management experience with a US regional bank in online sales, online service delivery, mobile banking and bank cards. He has served on the Board of Directors of NACHA. Charles supports FS-ISAC’s Payment Processor Information Sharing Council, Payment Risk Council and Cyber Threat Against the Payment System (CAPS) exercises and efforts to enhance information sharing involving anti-money laundering and terrorism financing. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an MBA from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • Mr. Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.
  • James Colassano
  • Senior Vice President, Product Development and Strategy
  • The Clearing House
  • Mr. James Colassano is a Senior Vice President in the Product Development and Strategy group at The Clearing House. He has over 25 years of experience in the payments and cash management business, and joined TCH in 2016 to assist in the build out and launch of their new real-time payments system. He works closely with TCH owner banks on opportunities and applications to address business related payment problems, and identify strategic priorities for this new payments infrastructure. Before joining TCH, Mr. Colassano spent 10 years with HSBC and 15 years with JPMorgan Chase in a variety of senior cash and treasury management roles.
  • Rajiv Desai
  • Senior Vice President, US Operations
  • Pelican
  • Mr. Rajiv Desai is SVP at Pelican with primary focus on sales, support & account management. He has in-depth experience in several industries that he acquired over last 30 years. He has held several Sr. positions with increasing responsibilities and successful results with revenue increase, client satisfaction and on time and within budget deliveries. He has worked with several global corporations and banks in N. America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He has broad experience in both Physical and Financial supply chain with primary focus in payments and compliance area. He is well versed in various payment messaging formats and technology. Additionally, He blends both technology and pragmatic business experience to address key areas of focus for banks and corporate.
  • George Doolittle
  • Executive Vice President, Head of Global Payments (FIG)
  • Wells Fargo
  • Mr. George Doolittle is an executive vice president and head of Global Payments for Wells Fargo’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG). FIG provides financial services to and builds long-term relationships with banks and nonbank financial institutions globally. He manages the team responsible for payment and liquidity risk management, global sales, technical sales and payment strategy, customer experience, and Well Fargo’s Network Management team. The Global Payments has team members in the U.S. and 11 offices around the world. Its product line includes payment and futures clearing and direct settlement services in U.S. dollar (USD) and Euro (EUR) along with associated liability products and multi-currency account services. Mr. Doolittle began his career in international operations with Philadelphia National Bank in international operations, and then moved to the bank’s Americas Group. He subsequently relocated to Paris to join the Europe Group as country manager for France and the Benelux Region. Later, he was promoted to group head for Europe and Africa. Mr. Doolittle then relocated to London and joined the London Branch Management Committee. He subsequently moved to the U.S. to set up Global Payments Services at Wells Fargo.
  • Mihail Duta
  • Director, Product Management, U.S. Payments
  • Finastra
  • Mr. Mihail Duta is responsible for management of Finastra’s payments products in the Americas, including its payments services hub, and U.S real-time payments initiatives. He has been actively supporting Finastra’s U.S. payments solutions in various capacities since 2000, when he joined Fundtech (which ultimately became Finastra in 2017). Throughout his tenure working with Finastra’s U.S. payments solutions, Mr. Duta served various business functions in developing strong and enduring client relationships. Today, he interacts directly with customers as a liaison to Finastra’s U.S. payment wires and ACH user boards.
  • Janet Estep
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association
  • Ms. Janet O. Estep, as NACHA’s President and CEO, sets the vision and strategy for the organization. Ms.Estep is responsible for ensuring that the ACH Network remains one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world, and that it continues to provide value and enable innovation. Ms. Estep also drives NACHA’s continued role as an industry convener for ACH and other payments types by bringing diverse parties together through rulemaking, standards development, governance and education. As an industry expert and thought leader, Ms. Estep currently serves on the U.S. Faster Payments Governance Framework Formation Team and served on the Steering Committee of the Faster Payments Task Force. Ms. Estep also participates on several payments and healthcare organization boards and coordinating bodies, and has been named to PaymentsSource’s list of Most Influential Women in Payments each year since 2013. Prior to joining NACHA, Ms. Estep led transaction services at U.S. Bank and previously held positions in technology-intensive companies.
  • James Fox
  • Principal Partner
  • PwC
  • Mr. James Fox is PwC’s New York Metro Cybersecurity & Privacy Leader. He has over 20 years of technology and cybersecurity leadership serving international Fortune 500 companies in the Financial Services, Technology & Media, Telecommunications, and Healthcare sectors. Mr. Fox has extensive international experience having lived in, and served clients, in the US, UK, Asia and the Middle East. Some past selected clients include Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, AIG (UK), JP Morgan (UK), American Express, Samba Bank, Emirates NBD, The Saudi Stock Exchange, Schroder’s, Investors Bank, MasterCard, Vodafone, Telefonica, IBM, BT, Lucent/Alcatel, Liberty Global (Virgin Media), Etisalat and Saudi Telecom. His areas of expertise include Cybersecurity Strategy, Cybersecurity Program Assessments & Transformation, Cyber Incident Response, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Security Analytics, Mobile and IoT Security, IT Portfolio Strategy, Biometric Security, Product Security/Secure by Design, Retail Banking Operations, Digital Strategies, Product Development Strategies and Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Cheryl Gurz
  • Global Payment Platforms Business Lead
  • CGI
  • Ms. Cheryl Gurz is an experienced Payments leader with global responsibility for driving CGI's Payments business which provides enterprise payment hubs, wire, low value and real time payment engines, RTGS, CLS and Financial Messaging solutions to the financial services community. She drives business development, product strategy, market management, managed services, implementation and support teams delivering market leading solutions. Prior to joining CGI, Ms. Gurz was a legacy banker and held key payments roles at BNY Mellon, Citi, HSBC, and MBNA. She joined CGI in 2016 bringing a deep subject matter expertise of the payments and transaction banking industry.
  • Emma Hanratty
  • Senior Compliance Associate
  • INTL FCStone
  • Ms. Emma Hanratty joined INTL FCStone in 2014 and is the Senior Compliance Associate for the firm’s Global Payments Division. Based in London, she is involved in all aspects of compliance oversight for the firm’s Global Payments operations in London, New York and Singapore. In recent years, Emma has focused on leveraging technology to improve INTL FCStone’s AML and sanctions controls; as well as ensuring that the firm keeps abreast of regulatory developments affecting cross-border payments.
  • Peter Hazou
  • Senior Vice President, Payments and InnovationMicrosoft
  • Microsoft
  • Mr. Peter Hazou is Director of Business Development at Microsoft in the World Wide Financial Services Industry Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a payments industry banker for over 30 years and spent much of his career holding various roles as a business leader in the EMEA region at BNY Mellon, Unicredit, HSBC, Citigroup and Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Hazou began his career as a credit officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust.
  • Jeff Hindle
  • Managing Director
  • MaRS FinTech
  • Mr. Jeff Hindle leads the MaRS Fintech cluster, helping over 400 ventures become global leaders who innovate across all aspects of financial services, including payments, insurance, lending, regulation, inclusion, identification and settlement. Prior to joining MaRS, Mr. Hindle was Global Principal at MasterCard International where he provided thought leadership on card, Automated Clearing House (ACH) and instant payments; digital financial services (customer journey and experience); financial inclusion; security; digital identity; and countrywide strategy. His 20 years of leadership experience spans three startups and four Fortune 100 firms in the communications, technology and financial service industries. His management responsibilities have crossed 30 countries, covering marketing, segment management, product development, information security, application development, manufacturing, service delivery and strategic planning.
  • Ashley Hutto-Schultz
  • Senior Associate
  • Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Ms. Ashley Hutto-Schultz handles a broad array of US state and federal financial services regulatory matters. She helps established companies and new US market entrants navigate the intricacies of the consumer financial services regulatory landscape. Representative clients include FinTech companies, bank and non-bank lenders, loan servicers, and third-party service providers. Ms. Hutto-Schultz also has first-hand operational experience as the Director of Compliance at an independent mortgage lender where she served as the AML Compliance Officer and ran all aspects of the regulatory compliance management system. Prior to that, she worked on similar matters as an associate at an Am Law 200 firm.
  • Lester Joseph
  • Manager, Global Crimes Intelligence Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Mr. Lester “Les” Joseph is the Manager of the Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group at Wells Fargo & Company. The primary mission of this Group is to provide intelligence on money laundering activity and financial crime trends to all parts of the bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1984 to February 2010. From 2002-2010, he was the Principal Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS). He was a Deputy Chief in the Section since October 1991. He began his career with the Department of Justice in 1984 as a Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. From 1981-1984, he was an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois.
  • Mohit Kansal
  • Director of Global Payments
  • Flywire
  • Mr. Mohit Kansal is a Director of Global Payments at Flywire, where he is responsible for FX and Pricing strategy and for executing strategic payment partnerships. He has over a decade of experience in financial services and technology that includes founding an FX startup in Boston and trading derivatives at global investment banks in Hong Kong and London. Mr. Kansal has a BS in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Steve Kenneally
  • Senior Vice President, Payments/Cybersecurity
  • American Bankers Association
  • Mr. Steve Kenneally works in the Center for Payments & Cybersecurity at ABA on issues related to a range of payment systems including check, ACH, card, wires, as well as coins and paper money. He spends an increasing amount of time focused on emerging payment technologies such as mobile payments, virtual currencies, and P2P payments with an eye towards making them faster, safer and frictionless in the future. He is the staff liaison to two standing member committees focused on payments issues in addition to ABA’s Emerging Payments Advisory Group. He serves as Chair of the International Banking Federation Value Transfer Network Working Group. Prior to joining the ABA in 2005, he served at the United States Department of the Treasury where he managed the private network of banks collecting non-tax payments on behalf of the federal government and drafted regulations and guidance on cash management issues.
  • Michael Knorr
  • Head of Payments & Liquidity Management
  • Wells Fargo
  • Mr. Michael Knorr is managing payment & liquidity risk as well as liability products for FIG Global Payments Services. The mission of his group is to deliver a reliable payment process; control operational risks and attract high quality operating deposits. In his current role Mr. Knorr is focused on intra-day liquidity management, cyber risk issues, and supporting the build out of Wells Fargo as a Protected Payment System provider. He is sponsoring the Leadership Pipeline Program for FIG and actively engaged in innovation initiatives. In 2016 he was jointly awarded the Innovation of the Year Award by the Enterprise Patent Office. Mr. Knorr is a member of various industry groups such as the Global Payments Market Practice Group, SWIFT US Cash and Trade Sub-Committee, the Liquidity Implementation Task Force, and the High Value Payments Plus working group. In 2016 he participated in the RMB Operating Models Subcommittee to explore options to support RMB clearing in the US. Prior to joining Wells Fargo & Co. Mr. Knorr was managing Enterprise Services for Citi Treasury & Trade Solutions which included Global Billing, Core Banking, CRM and Fulfilment processes and Data Management & Analytics.
  • Rick Leander
  • Co-Founder and Development Director
  • Understood Connections
  • Mr. Rick Leander has been driving innovation and change in the financial services space for decades at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Now, as Co-Founder and Development Director of Understood Connections he leverages Behavioral Economics to understand how we actually analyze choices and make decisions. Using this science he works with Financial Institutions, Health Care Providers and entrepreneurs to help them reshape their environments to improve their connections with their customers, employees, members and patients. He is in demand as a speaker on Behavioral Economics, Payments, Innovation and Company Culture development. On Behavioral Economics, Mr. Leander talks about our basic misunderstanding of what drives human behaviors, provides examples of our cognitive bias in action and demonstrates tools, tips & techniques that leaders can use to improve the effectiveness of their businesses.
  • Michael London
  • Senior Strategy Manager
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Michael London has over 20 years of banking strategy experience covering FX payments, custody, corporate trust, and hedge fund services. He began his career consulting governments of the former Soviet Union in privatization and capital markets. Currently at BNY Mellon as the Corporate Trust Financial Institutions Strategy Manager, Michael focuses on structured finance and syndicated loan administration services. Prior to BNY Mellon, Michael led Deutsche Bank’s FX4Cash product. FX4Cash provides corporates and financial institutions the ability to send and receive payments in 120 currencies worldwide via wire, ACH, and drafts.
  • Lisa McDermid
  • Head of Capital and Financial Planning for GTB, Americas
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ms. Lisa McDermid is Head of Capital Planning for Global Transaction Banking (GTB) at Deutsche Bank. She leads a team primarily responsible for divisional stress testing including all aspects of Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), capital and financial planning. Based in New York, Ms. McDermid has been with Deutsche Bank for 19 years. Prior to her current role, she has held positions within the Divisional Control Office, as well as in Trust and Agency Services covering Escrow, Municipal Finance and Auction Rate Securities.
  • Katherine Mueller
  • Vice President of Global Payments
  • INTL FCStone
  • Ms. Katherine Mueller is Vice President of Global Payments at INTL FCStone, where she specializes in helping banks, corporates and international NGOs deliver funds to the developing world. Prior to joining INTL, she worked for hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. Before moving into finance, Ms. Mueller lived in Guatemala for nearly two years launching a local site for community development organization Manna Project International. She has lived and worked throughout Latin America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Harry Newman
  • Head of Banking
  • SWIFT
  • Mr. Harry Newman is SWIFT’s Head of Banking with strategic responsibility for a series of key market initiatives, including SWIFT’s global payments innovation (GPI), business intelligence, corporates and reference data offers. Previously, he has been closely involved in payment system innovation and regulation in EMEA across both banking and securities systems. More recently he was SWIFT’s Programme for the development of Australia’s New Payments Platform (NPP). Mr. Newman has 20 years’ experience in financial markets and market infrastructures globally, designing and managing RTGS systems and SWIFT’s role in RTGS systems.
  • Gene Neyer
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Icon Solutions
  • Mr. Gene Neyer advises financial and technology companies on various aspects of Payment Modernization. He is a Chief Strategy Officer of Icon, current member of the GFFT (successor to the Fed Faster Payments Taskforce) and the president of Supplier Committee at BAFT. Previously, Mr. Neyer was a Head of Industry and Regulation for Finastra, and an SVP, Head of Product Management for D+H and Fundtech. He has written and lectured on various aspects of global payments, real-time payments and blockchain and is a regular speaker and commentator at business seminars and conferences.
  • Peter Oakes
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Transfermate
  • Mr. Peter Oakes is financial services expert working in banking, payments, funds, MiFID, fintech, Regtech & distributed ledger technology industries. He is a non-executive director of TransferMate (payments) & Susquehanna International (options market maker) & board advisor to several Fintech & Regtech firms. He is a solicitor admitted in the UK, Ireland & Australia. Mr. Oakes was appointed as the first Director of Enforcement & Financial Crime at the Irish Central Bank (2010-2013) following the financial crisis. He has also served as a senior regulator in the UK (FSA), Australia (ASIC) & Saudi Arabia (SAMA). He continues to engage with regulators to discuss their innovation, supervisory and enforcement strategies. Mr. Oakes has interviewed and moderated discussions with European government ministers, central bankers, financial regulators and CEOs on a broad range of topics including Brexit, central banking, financial services & GDPR.
  • Samantha Pelosi
  • Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Samantha Pelosi has accumulated nearly 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in payments, compliance, and international business transactions. She recently joined BAFT as its Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation to drive the organization’s activities in payments, innovation, financial crime, and cybersecurity. Previously, she held several positions at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was Manager of the Retail Payments Section of the Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems Division from 2011-2016 and Senior Attorney of the Regulation Section of the Consumer & Community Affairs Division from 2009-2011.
  • Bob Pepitone
  • CHIPS Product Manager
  • The Clearing House
  • Mr. Bob Pepitone is the CHIPS Product Manager at The Clearing House. In this role, he is responsible for product management and strategy, including: budgeting and forecasting, product pricing and profitability, competitive market analysis, product risk management and product improvements for High Value U.S. Dollar Clearing. With the global payments industry’s focus on system modernization and interoperability, Mr. Pepitone is deeply involved with initiatives to implement ISO20022 standards. He serves as The Clearing House’s representative on the HVPS Plus Task Force, SWIFT Cash & Trade Subcommittee, BAFT Payments Committee and other industry initiatives involving CHIPS. Prior to joining The Clearing House, he worked as a Technology and Business Professional at EMC Corporation and has held senior management positions at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Deutsche Bank.
  • Javier Pérez-Tasso
  • Chief Executive Americas & UK
  • SWIFT
  • 2018 Global Payment Symposium, Keynote Speaker
  • Mr. Javier Pérez-Tasso is Chief Executive, Americas & UK Region at SWIFT since 2015. responsible for key client relationships and leading growth and business development across North America, the UK, Ireland and Nordics, as well as management of SWIFT’s rapidly growing business in Latin America. Javier is also an Executive sponsor of SWIFT’s Global Customer Security Programme. Javier joined SWIFT’s Executive Committee in 2012, and previously, Javier served as Chief Marketing Officer. He led product management, market management, and strategy, including the development of the SWIFT2020 company strategy. Product and market management responsibilities extended across core payments and securities businesses, market infrastructures, and shared services including financial crime compliance.
  • Rita Rafalovsky
  • Senior Vice President, Treasury Management Product Innovations Lead
  • PNC
  • Ms. Rita Rafalovsky is a SVP, Treasury Management Product Innovations Lead at PNC Bank, where she is focused on RTP strategy and new product development. Rita has fifteen years of extensive experience in financial services. Most recently, Rita was the RTP Product Owner at PNC, where she led the team that was the first to certify with TCH for RTP, and enabled us to sign on to the switch shortly thereafter. Before joining PNC, Rita spent eleven years at Citi, where she held various progressive technology, operations and product management responsibilities.
  • Dilip Rao
  • Global Head of Infrastructure Innovation
  • Ripple
  • Mr. Dilip Rao is Global Head of Infrastructure Innovation at Ripple, based in NYC. In this role he engages with central banks and financial market infrastructures in their digital journey with Distributed Ledger Technology. Ripple offers proven technology building blocks and a consulting approach to innovation in national and regional payments infrastructure and the use of crypto assets. Mr. Rao is a senior Ripple veteran since 2014 and was previously MD Ripple APAC/MENA. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and payments technology solutions and consulting.
  • Gina Russo
  • Assistant Vice President, Payment Product Management
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Ms. Gina Russo is an Assistant Vice President in the Wholesale Product Office at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Wholesale Product Office is responsible for strategic planning, product development, and oversight of the Federal Reserve System's Fedwire® Funds Service, Fedwire Securities Service, and National Settlement Service. Ms. Russo’s has over twenty years of experience in wholesale payments and is currently leading the effort to adopt the ISO 20022 payment messages for the Fedwire Funds Service.
  • Kevin Rutter
  • Research Lead
  • R3
  • Mr. Kevin Rutter is R3's Research Lead, based in New York. He has driven R3’s thought-leading research in cash & payment applications of blockchain technology. He also has helped spearhead the firm’s payment strategy and has been actively involved in several cash-related projects and initiatives. Prior to R3 he worked at Peak6 in Chicago and received his BS in Economics from Duke University.
  • Amy Sahm
  • Senior Vice President and Manager, International Group
  • Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Ms. Amy Sahm joined Fulton Financial’s International Group in 2002 following a long-term career in the Japanese banking and trade industry. She works as department manager, overseeing product development, operations, sales and risk management. The International Group at Fulton is responsible for foreign exchange risk management and all international transactional products and services including Trade Finance for Fulton’s customer base. The International Group primarily serves import / export SME clients within Fulton’s five state footprint. Ms. Sahm earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Japanese Studies and has completed extensive courses in Trade Finance through the American Institute of Banking.
  • Patricia Selvaggi
  • Assistant Vice President
  • Data & Statistics Group
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Ms. Patricia Selvaggi is a recognized leader with over 20 years’ experience in data management and regulatory reporting; including operationalizing data ingestion and data quality programs as well as leading data design initiatives. Success is achieved through developing strong relationships throughout the financial services industry and across banking regulatory agencies; strengthened by deep technical knowledge of Federal Reserve data reporting concepts, regulations, and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). She is currently the Assistant Vice President in the Engagement Management Department of the Data & Statistics Function for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York responsible for managing data design and data governance challenges with internal and external stakeholders. Ms. Selvaggi is the Chair of the FRBNY Accounting Advisory Panel, a member of the Business Data Governance Council, the Inter-Agency Accounting Instructions Workgroup, the Liquidity Transactions Workgroup, and the BASEL Accounting Experts Group. She has also worked for a large investment bank as an auditor and as a computer consultant for an international firm.
  • Carl Slabicki, CTP, AAP
  • Director and Product Line Manager, Treasury Services
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Carl Slabicki is a Director and Product Line Manager at BNY Mellon for Immediate Payments. In his current role, he is responsible for strategy and development of new faster payment solutions such as The Clearing House’s Real-Time Payments and Tokenized Payments® now available with Zelle®. Mr. Slabicki is the Chair of Zelle’s Wholesale Payments Advisory Committee and represents BNY Mellon on many industry working groups including The Clearing House’s RTP Early Adopter Business to Business Working Group, RTP Consumer/Corporate RFP Working Group and RTP Fraud Working Group, as well as participation in Early Warning’s Treasury Services Executive Advisors Work Group, Product & Strategy, B2C, Operating Rules and Compliance Work Groups. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in 2014, Mr. Slabicki was the Treasurer for the Wurth Group of North America Inc. which is the regional in-house bank, holding company and shared service center for the Wurth Group.
  • Stuart Sperry
  • Deputy Associate Director
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Mr. Stuart Sperry is a Deputy Associate Director in the Federal Reserve Board’s division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. His teams carry out the Board's oversight responsibilities for the Reserve Bank-operated wholesale financial services and the private sector financial market infrastructures designated as systemically important by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Mr. Sperry is active in various committees and work groups focused on infrastructure resilience, including co-chairing the CPMI-IOSCO Working Group on Cyber Resilience, participating on the CPMI task force focused on wholesale payments fraud related to endpoint security, and participating on the U.S. Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee. He began his Federal Reserve System service at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and joined the Board of Governors in 1999.
  • Ajith Thekadath
  • Global Head, B2B Connect
  • Visa
  • Mr. Ajith Thekadath is the global head of B2B Connect, a Visa platform designed to give financial institutions a secure, fast and predictable way to process corporate cross-border B2B payments. He leads a global team that works with financial institutions and technology partners around the world to pilot new ways of sending transactions over Visa’s network from the bank of origin directly to the recipient bank. Having spent the last 18 years working in payments industry India, Australia, Singapore and the United States, Mr. Thekadath is always looking to overcome industry challenges and help drive value to clients and partners.
  • Brooke Tilton
  • Vice President, Treasury
  • Viacom Inc.
  • Ms. Brooke Tilton, Vice President Treasury Operations, is responsible for US liquidity management, Treasury disaster recovery planning, cash management, bank relationship management and Treasury system implementations and process transformation. Viacom implemented a treasury management system and SWIFT connectivity in 2012 and an eBAM systems in 2007 and 2017 which she has overseen. Ms. Tilton has been with Viacom for over 20 years.Viacom is home to premier global media brands including Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Channel 5 (United Kingdom); that create entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries reaching 510 million households worldwide. Viacom's Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces programming for television and other platforms.
  • Barry Tooker
  • Chief Product Officer, Global Head of Product Management
  • iSoftware4Banks, Inc
  • Mr. Barry Tooker is the Chief Product Officer and Global Head of Product Management for iSoftware4Banks. He has been involved in operations and systems related projects for global banks and software firms as both a consultant and line manager for more than 45 years. Mr. Tooker has managed day to day operations for major money center and super regional banks. He has planned, organized, directed and managed major initiatives—including leading payment systems re-engineering efforts and other critical software installation projects for financial services organizations around the world. He is past member of the BAFT Board of Directors and past Chair of the Payments and Compensation Committee. He currently serves as a member of the BAFT Payments Committee and their Innovation Council.
  • Rajesh Venkatraman
  • Director, WW Payments Sales
  • IBM
  • Mr. Rajesh “Raj” Venkatraman is the Head of Payments Solutions at IBM, responsible for leading enterprise-wide engagements and providing solutions for customers globally. He brings 20+ years of experience in the banking and capital markets industries, starting from his time as an equities and derivatives trader for a broker dealer and then as a management consultant for banking clients globally. He leverages his subject matter expertise and strategic mindset to help clients align business and technology priorities to make the right investments for their business.
  • Karen Webster
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Pymnts.com
  • Ms. Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation. Ms. Webster also serves on the boards of a number of emerging companies, helping innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services. She is also an entrepreneur herself, who has successfully founded and launched several new ventures in the loyalty, on-line media, and social networking sectors, including PYMNTS.com.
  • Stephen Wojciechowicz, AAP, CTP
  • Director, Head of Product Governance and Risk, Americas
  • Global Transaction Banking
  • Mr. Stephen Wojciechowicz is the Head of Product Governance and Risk for Deutsche Bank Trust Companies Americas, responsible for oversight of product risks across the different product verticals in the Americas region. He is the current chairperson of the BAFT Payments committee. Mr. Wojciechowicz has been engaged in the financial services industry since 1990. He has held several responsibilities at Deutsche Bank, including Co-Head of Market Management, with teams in both the Americas and Asia. He re-joined Deutsche Bank in 2012 after having worked for HSBC where he was responsible for expanding the bank’s funds transfer services. Prior to HSBC, he had a variety of roles at SWIFT, including selling to large corporates and managing the development of SWIFT’s file transfer service and foreign exchange confirmation-matching product in North America. Previously, he held positions at a number of financial institutions in both product and operations as well as a product management position at Fundtech, a software vendor specializing in services for the financial industry.
  • Kenneth Wong
  • Head of GTB Product Strategy and Innovation
  • TD Bank
  • Mr. Kenneth Wong is Head of Product Strategy and Innovation for the Global Transaction Bank at TD Bank that encompasses the Financial Institutions, Cash Management and Trade Finance lines-of-business. He has been in the financial Industry for over 28 years in different business divisions from Consumer Banking to Corporate and Institutional Banking with roles from Front Office Financial Services Sales and Relationship Management to Back Office Operations and Technology. He is a seasoned Treasury, Cash Management and Payments practitioner with extensive experience in the Foreign Exchange integrated Payments and Clearing space. He has extensive international exposure with working assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.
  • Philip Zeidner
  • Vice President
  • Treasury Services –Global Product Management
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Philip Zeidner is a Vice President in Treasury Services - GPM division of BNY Mellon and has worked for the Bank for a combined 31 years. He is responsible for business development and new product initiatives, financial performance oversight and client communication of industry issues for International USD Funds Transfer products, specializing with the APAC, LATAM and NORAM client bases. Mr. Zeidner has been involved in Funds Transfer - Payments for 43 years working for Chase Manhattan Bank, ABN Bank Nederland, Westpac Banking Corp and Credit Suisse/First Boston before joining the BNY Mellon in 1998. He has been in his current role of International USD Payments Product Manager since 2002. Mr. Zeidner has been an active member of the BAFT Payments and Compensation committee since 1988. He was the committee’s Chair for 10 years, from the BAFT-IFSA merger until 2018. For BAFT he has chaired the last 10 Global Payment Symposiums and has been a speaker for many of their conferences. He has also been a featured speaker at industry conferences on various payment topics.