Speaker Information


Hassan Abouzeid, Head of Direct Banking, Boubyan Bank

Hassan has over 25 years of experience in banking technology, business and operations. Prior to joining Boubyan Bank in 2012, he was the CIO for HSBC in Egypt for 5 years, and worked for 15 years as a Banking Technology Consultant with Accenture and Logica, driving change and delivering large scale projects to banks in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt.


Francesco Burelli, Partner, Innovalue

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Francesco has 19 years of experience in the areas of strategy, M&A, regulatory impact assessments and performance improvement. Francesco is a cards, payments and transaction banking expert. Before consulting, he worked at Midland Bank, later HSBC. Francesco is a Fellow at the Institute of Financial Services (UK), and holds an MBA in International Business amongst many other qualifications.


Alan Burt, Senior Research Executive, RBR

Alan leads the research in the RBR’s Global EPOS and Self- Checkout study, covering 52 markets worldwide in four segments. His banking analysis work has encompassed various fields of study including ATMs, payment cards, deposit automation and teller automation across markets such as the UAE and Egypt. Alan has 14 years of market research experience, having previously worked for Millward Brown.


Peter Churchill, Vice President, Business Development, Network International 

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Peter joined Network International at the beginning of 2013 to build out the ATM outsourcing value proposition and extend the service offering across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Peter has over 14 years experience in the international payments industry having worked at Global Reach, First Data and Moneybox plc.


Alexander de Oliveira, Chief Information Officer, Transguard Group

Alexander is the CIO at Transguard, an organization that specializes in business to business support services such as cash centre management, CIT and ATM operations and which currently has over 26,000 staff in the UAE. He joined Transguard in 2010 and has a diverse background, having spent his career in the oil and gas, financial services and B2B sectors across several continents. 


Mucahit Gundebahar, CIO, Kuveyt Türk

Mucahit has more than 15 years of IT experience in banking and finance, and worked for Microsoft Turkey as Senior Application Development Consultant before joining Kuwait Turkish Bank as Enterprise Architecture and R&D Department Manager. Currently he is IT Group Manager (CIO) at Kuwait Turkish Bank, leading critical R&D projects.


Bo Holmgreen, SVP and GM, Cash Management Solutions, NCR 

Bo was the Founder, President and CEO of Transoft International Inc., a leading provider of currency supply chain management software solutions for the banking, ATM and armoured car industries.  In late 2012, Holmgreen sold Transoft International to NCR Corporation, and joined NCR as Vice President & General Manager of Cash Solutions.


Amber Howell, Manager, Training, Web Content and Social Media, ATMIA

Amber Howell joined ATMIA in 2004 as a Marketing Assistant, was promoted to a Marketing Manager in 2006 and then to Website Content & Social Media Manager in 2012 and is currently the Training, Web Content & Social Media Manager. She focuses on marketing for ATMIA through the website and social media. She also manages the newly launched ATMIA Academy and the ATM Operators training. Prior to joining ATMIA she has worked within the Banking Industry for 5 years.


AbdelRaouf Hussein, General Manager, Retail Banking Operations, Banque Misr 

AbdelRaouf joined Banque Misr as Retail Banking Operations, General Manager in 2009. Previously he was the General Manager of Smart Cards Applications Company and has 29 years of experience in the cards and retail banking industries. He has maintained key positions in several leading regional and international institutions, including National Commercial Bank (NCB), Citibank Egypt and MasterCard International.


Karan Kapur, Assistant General Manager, Retail Banking Group, Burgan Bank 

Karan is Assistant General Manager of Retail Banking at Burgan Bank Kuwait and heads Alternative Delivery Channels & Direct Sales for the bank. Prior to Burgan, Karan was VP & Head of Business Intelligence for Mashreq Bank in Dubai, and also worked for ANZ, in India, Australia and Europe.



Martin Koffijberg, Director, EMEA Security Solutions Marketing, Diebold

Martin is responsible for the marketing of ATM Security Solutions in collaboration with corporate teams, local sales and service operations in the EMEA Region and distributor channels. Martin has 30 years of experience managing large scale projects and solution implementation in the financial industry. Over the course of his 12-year career in Diebold, Martin has held various international roles.


Aravinda Korala, CEO, KAL ATM Software

Following a degree in Electronics at King's College London and a PhD in Computer Vision at Edinburgh University, Aravinda worked with PA Technology and Coopers and Lybrand before founding KAL in 1989. Aravinda is recognised for his in-depth knowledge of ATM software throughout the industry and has led KAL in the delivery of software to blue-chip customers across the world.


Artur Kurginian, Manager, IT Solution Sales, BS/2 

Artur is IT Solutions Sales Manager and product manager at BS/2. He has over 6 years’ experience in the IT field, including more than 3 years in banking software solutions. His expertise is proved by successful sales of ATM security, monitoring and integration solutions in 67 countries all over the world.


Claudio Lo Piccolo, Head of Project Management and Software Development, Sikelia Service

Claudio has working experience in a number of different environments, including seven years as an independent professional and eight years as an entrepreneur of a small business. Claudio has worked for Sikelia since 2007, managing projects’ resources. He is involved in all facets of the projects, including planning and control, accounting, support to sales, and project designing for SME financing.


Abid Musharaf, ATM Channel Manager, Mashreq Bank

Abid leads the regional ATM and CCDM fleets for Mashreq Bank covering UAE, Qatar and Egypt. He joined Mashreq in 2008 and has vast experience in managing the ATM business, cards and payments, driving innovative solutions, multi-channel integration, compliance, cost optimization and migrating customers from traditional banking to electronic channels.


Seun Owoeye, Head of Instant Payments and Switching Services, Nigeria Interbank Settlement Systems

Seun has over 12 years’ experience in payment terminal deployment and management, and electronic and mobile payments operations within the financial services industry. He is currently the Head, Instant Payments Operations and Switching Services Unit of NIBSS, which processes over 200,000 daily instant funds transfers. Seun holds an MSc in Computer Systems and a Masters in Business Administration.


Bharat Panchal, Head of Risk Management, National Payments Corporation of India

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Bharat is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and implementing internal audits and fraud management for NPCI. He played an instrumental role in setting up a task force on ATM security in India. Bharat is an active member of ISACA and a renowned speaker at various domestic and international conferences on risk management and information security.


Richard Pitt, ATM Product Director, First Data Corp

/files/conferences/2013 Middle East Conference/rsz_richard_pitt.jpgRichard Pitt is responsible for product development across First Data’s international businesses in 16 countries. Richard has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry, having worked for the Bank of England, VocaLink and Phoenix Interactive before joining First Data. He has fulfilled senior roles in both the technical and commercial development of ATM operations working with banks and partner organisations across EMEA.


Usman Qureshi, Head of International Business Development, Fanap

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Usman is Head of International Business Development at Fanap (subsidiary of Bank Pasargad), a leading IT and communication company in Iran. His focus includes business development opportunities across all the EMEA and partnerships with key local and global market players. Prior to joining Fanap, Usman has held senior positions at Novell in Washington DC.



Asif Riaz, Secretary, ISACA Karachi Chapter, Senior Manager, Risk Associates

Asif is serving as Senior Manager at Risk Associates. He is a specialist in information security, IT governance and compliance. He has worked on a broad range of projects across various industry segments, including serving as Chief Information Security Officer at Habib Metropolitan Bank. He has led teams which have successfully delivered the first PCI DSS and PA DSS certifications in Pakistan.


David Smith, International Business and Partnership Developer, Auriga

David manages Auriga's international business development and partner management. David has had a progressive career in electronic payments and self-service and brings over 15 years' specialist technical knowledge and commercial experience working at a senior level within multiple leading technology organisations. David's work experience includes FSS Technologies, Baldwin Hackett & Meeks, ACI Worldwide, and ICL Financial Services.


Jim Tomaney, Managing Director, Q-ATM

Jim has 27 years of experience building, delivering, marketing and selling enterprise payments solutions and associated services for the transaction processing industry across the world, working for organisations including Barclays, ACI Worldwide and Wincor Nixdorf. He is now a consultant with clients including Paragon Application Systems, ESQ, KPMG, G4S and First Data.


Jack Vincent, Head of Business Development, i-design

Jack joined i-design in 2004, developing opportunities resulting in the expansion of the company’s customer base for its pioneering customer engagement software solutions. Jack’s experience working with blue chip advertisers and influential media agencies provided the catalyst for i-design’s atmAd division in establishing the ATM as a revenue generating channel for ATM network owners including Barclays, Nationwide and Santander. 



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