Annabel Keulen is a consultant at INNOPAY, a Dutch strategy consultancy in digital transactions, based in Amsterdam. Annabel is mainly involved in strategic projects on topics like payment innovation, open banking and open finance. She is committed to help guide organisations world-wide to fully embrace the opportunities of the digital transactions era.

Annabel strongly believes in the power of an inclusive and diverse workplace with inspiring role models for young professionals. However, as a young professional in the financial industry, she found it challenging to find and connect with role models and peers in the industry. This became even harder due to COVID-19. Therefore, Annabel initiated to relaunch the EWPN Young Leaders Programme to empower and inspire young professionals and to connect them with their role models.

 

 

Iris Kok is a Finance trainee at ING Bank N.V. She joined the company in 2019 after completing two Masters, one in Change Consulting and the other in Financial Management. In the first 8 months of her traineeship, she joined the Capital Management department within the Treasury domain. She did her second rotation in the Group Management Accounting Advice team and is now part of the Financial Reporting department at ING Domestic Bank Netherlands. She is involved in statutory and regulatory reporting matters and several change projects ranging from financial innovation to HR-related topics.

Iris is a big advocate for diversity and inclusion as she believes that these are key influencers in today’s society. Following this, she decided to join EWPN where she is involved in setting up the Young Leaders Programme. She feels that senior leaders in the industry should be more accessible and therefore the barrier to connect with senior leaders should be lowered. Being a young professional at the start of her career, she would like to help others accelerate in their careers.

 

 

Sandrine Wagner is an award-winning German student in her final year at Kingston University in the UK. She is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business in the summer of 2021.

Sandrine intends to pursue a career in digital marketing and data analytics in an international environment when she graduates, having won multiple awards at Kingston University, including outstanding performance in the modules ‘International Marketing’ and ‘Data Analytics’. 

Alongside her studies, Sandrine has undertaken two part-time marketing internships.  At EWPN (European Women in Payments Network), she is responsible for posts in the portal forums and social media channels, as well as data analytics on a weekly basis, in line with the EWPN strategy.

As a marketing intern at Sophia Marketing, a company that offers strategic marketing services to the technology and FinTech sectors, she is assisting with social media engagement, digital marketing and customer analytics for a client in the RegTech (Regulatory Technology) space.

 

Throughout her career, Alana has led commercial and business development projects in multinational companies, mainly in consumer products, ecommerce and finance sector. Her fields of expertise are sales, international business development and business management. Graduated from Webster University with a degree in Management and Psychology.

Since joining paysafecard, part of Paysafe Group in 2016. Today, Alana is an Indirect Sales Manager in the Payment Service Provider team. Her key responsibilities include client acquisition, expansion of new business, onboarding and management of all new clients and partner development. Alana is passionate about payments industry, innovations in fintech and has an extensive knowledge of alternative payment methods.

Adela Knox is the Content & Strategy Director at Finovate. She joined the company in 2018 to oversee the content development, strategy and delivery of the Finovate events globally, specifically focusing on content quality and customer experience, including the VIP strategy development and execution.

Prior to joining Finovate, Adela has held various positions at Ascential, UBM, Haymarket Business Media and Marcus Evans, carrying the strategic responsibility for the portfolio growth and international launch strategy and scale up.

Adela’s experience and expertise covers the whole range of B2B event formats, including global conferences, meet the buyer events, in-house & public training courses, exhibitions and large-scale hybrid events in both the commercial conferencing and publishing sectors.

Adela has an extensive understanding of the banking/financial technology industry and focuses on creating events which serve as the breeding ground for collaboration and partnerships for attendees across the FI vertical, including banks, financial institutions, startups, VCs and investors, and service providers. She specializes in covering fintech, paytech, wealthtech, insurtech, proptech, digital lending and regtech markets.

Adela was recently awarded Innovator 2019 issued by CFTE – Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship – the industry body recognises people who have been pushing boundaries in the new world of Finance and also being helpful to bring more impact to people.

Founding partner Conny Dorrestijn has worked in the international financial technology industry in a wide range of marketing and business development roles (Nixdorf, ACT, Clear2Pay, FIS) whilst at the same time developing study trips, projects and concepts around fintech and innovation.

Speaking frequently at international events such as BAI, EBA and Money2020, she is an Advisory Board Member to Money2020 Europe, Holland FinTech and AdviceRobo, Non Executive Board Member at Arches Capital and Blanco Services, an Associate of the Digital Insurance Agenda (DIA) and a Global Innovation Awards Judge at BAI (US).

Helen is a marketing communications consultant with 20 years’ experience supporting B2B companies ranging in size from small startups to global corporations.

Helen has been working in the payments industry since 2007 when she joined global payments processor First Data. She now works as an independent consultant, working with payments processors, FinTech’s, SaaS operators and service companies in the UK, US and Europe.

Helen specialises in helping businesses who have a niche or complex offering to cut through the crowded marketplace and communicate their story and values through Strategic Marketing, content creation, and targeted campaigns. She also helps businesses with their corporate communications approach during periods of evolution such as M&A, IPO, structural and cultural change activities.

“I strongly believe in the power of diversity in the workplace and I’m keen to advocate and assist the promotion of improved inclusion and access to opportunity within the payments industry. Given the amount of change and reinvention that is necessary for all players in the ecosystem, a broader range of talent and new leadership skills are absolutely vital.“

Goodwill Ambassador – Social Media Committee

Laura Murphy is a Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel at Paysafe Group, based in London. Laura is qualified to practice law in Ireland, England and Wales. She joined Paysafe in July 2016 and works at group level, advising the business on a wide range of regulatory issues and assisting with innovative new product launches. Prior to this, she has worked for a number of top-tier law firms and financial services organisations in Ireland and the UK.

Laura is a passionate ambassador for diversity and inclusion, both at Paysafe and within the wider payments and legal industries. In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural “Young Innovator” award at the annual European Women in Payments Network conference.

Goodwill Ambassador – Social Media Committee

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance” – Verna Myers.

‘For me personally, it’s the women with care duties at home that get most left behind, be it for their children, their parents or other close family members. Their careers very often have to be put on hold so unless employers start creating more inclusive work environments (including for senior positions), a lot of talent gets left behind. More needs to be done to encourage flexible working options in the traditional employer/employee setup to allow these women to continue and progress their careers (should they want to of course).’

Nadja Bennett started her career in payments in 2008, spending the last ten years working for large global corporates as well as a Fintech upstart with a focus on acquiring, gateway & fraud solutions. Her latest gig is at NYSE listed Global Payments Inc in their newly created Multinational Commerce Team working with clients globally to help them find the holy grail of payments: one provider, all regions, all channels.

She’s always been keen to fly the flag for more diversity & inclusion in the payments industry, encouraging & promoting the adoption of work environments that are more in line with the needs and expectations of modern society and can support women in all stages of their lives.

Dagmar is a payments specialist with particular expertise in underwriting and compliance. She advises clients on operational matters and works closely with in-house teams to build capability and knowledge through training and day-to-day support.

Drawing on a detailed knowledge of Visa and MasterCard operating regulations and expertise in operational management, Dagmar helps clients to implement changes that have a lasting impact on their businesses.

Dagmar is a goodwill ambassador and a mentor for the European Women in Payments Network. Having risen through the ranks in the payments industry she passionately believes in supporting the next generation of women to realise their full potential.