EMEA

ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board brings together prominent female trailblazers in the EMEA payments and fintech industry. This talented group of women provides guidance and input to the Women in Payments EMEA Symposium program and ensures the experience includes best-in-class keynote speakers, panelists and break-out session leaders.

CHRISTINA CHOUDHURY

CHRISTINA CHOUDHURY

Director, Head of Business Management

Barclaycard Payment

CHRISTINA CHOUDHURY

Christina Choudhury is Director, Head of Business Management for Barclaycard Payments, a role which sees her collaborating closely with the CEO of Barclaycard Payments, to drive commercial strategy, transformation and operational rigour for this exciting business area within Barclays.For the past 15 years, Christina has held a variety of strategy, advisory and communications roles within financial services and the public sector.

TERESA CONNORS

TERESA CONNORS

Client Director

Payment Matters

TERESA CONNORS

Chair, INED and adviser with strong customer focus and commercial credentials. Global experience with deep understanding of market complexity, drivers, regulation and participants. Experienced in delivering customer centric strategy & propositions supported by robust corporate governance. Award judge for The Banker, European Banking Association, MPE and The Payment Association.

BEATRICE CORNACCHIA

BEATRICE CORNACCHIA

Executive VP, Marketing and Communications International Markets

Mastercard

BEATRICE CORNACCHIA

Beatrice Cornacchia is the creative force leading the company’s brand strategy across the region’s markets. After starting her journey with the company in 1991, Cornacchia went on to head strategic sales functions and numerous marketing teams in a succession of key roles. In 2022, she was listed among Arabian Business’ ‘50 Inspiring Female Business Leaders’ in the region and Campaign Middle East’s ‘Marketing Game Changers’.

SUSANA DELGADO

SUSANA DELGADO

Managing Director, Global Head of Consumer & SME Payments Strategy

SWIFT

SUSANA DELGADO

Susana is Managing Director, Global Head of Consumer & SME Payments Strategy at Swift. In her role, she defines long-term strategies for Swift to support its banking community in delivering instant and frictionless payments. In her 20 years of professional experience, she has worked for financial institutions such as Santander, Citi and McKinsey. She has also worked for Amazon, and at Wolters Kluwer, where she drove global digital transformation programs.

RUFAIDA HAMILTON

KATJA GERWALD

Head of GPS Business Management CE

HSBC

KATJA GERWALD

Katja Gerwald is the Head of GPS Business Management Continental Europe and Head GPS Product Management Germany (interim) at HSBC being based in Düsseldorf, Germany. She lived and worked abroad for several years; People development is at her heart.

RUFAIDA HAMILTON

KAREN GORDON

Senior Director UK Consumer Credit

PayPal

KAREN GORDON

I am an experienced Financial Services and Operations Executive who is driven by achieving results. I have a strong background in general management and specialize in revolving credit and BNPL (buy now, pay later) services. Over the past 30+ years, I have successfully worked in various roles in both small and large corporate environments.

RUFAIDA HAMILTON

RUFAIDA HAMILTON

Head of Payments

Standard Bank Limited

RUFAIDA HAMILTON

Rufaida is the Head of Payments for South Africa at Standard Bank Limited of South Africa. She has 22 years of extensive experience in financial services and payments, traversing the investment, corporate and retail banking segments in South Africa. She has a great passion for mentorship and capacity building in payments expertise and skills, particularly women in payments, and in emerging economies.
ALISON LIVESEY

ALISON LIVESEY

Managing Director EMEA Commercial Banking

JP Morgan

ALISON LIVESEY

Alison is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and the Global Head of Market Management, the Head of Business Transformation and Strategic Execution in Europe, Middle East and Africa; and the Western European Country Head within the Payments business in the Corporate and Investment Bank.

Alison has also worked in a variety of different roles across the Payments business and Compliance in New York, Frankfurt and London.

JULIA LOPEZ

JULIA LOPEZ

VP & General Manager Merchant Services Spain

American Express

JULIA LOPEZ

Julia joined American Express in 2005, She is the General Manager of Merchant Services Spain & Telesales Channel Europe, managing +200 colleagues based in Spain. Julia is the ChairWoman of American Express Payments Europe Legal Entity and its AML-FCT Committee. She is also member of the Spain Country Executive Team and the Executive Sponsor of the Spain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

GEMA MONTOYA

GEMA MONTOYA

Advisor and Investor

iPiD

GEMA MONTOYA

Gema has a wealth of experience across the financial services industry globally, particularly in the payments and securities space. She has worked at leading companies in the financial services sector such as Banco Santander, SWIFT, and on top leading FinTech providers of payment and technology solutions like Deposit Solutions and Icon Solutions.  

GABRIELA NGUYEN-GROZA

HEMLATA NARASIMHAN

European President of Merchant Services

Elavon

HEMLATA NARASIMHAN

Hemlata is the European President of Elavon, where she is responsible for 1,000 employees in seven countries. She leads Elavon’s customer-facing teams that provide payment services for small businesses and large Corporates through multiple channels, and the core product and commercial functions that support their delivery.

GABRIELA NGUYEN-GROZA

GABRIELA NGUYEN-GROZA

Founder & Managing Partner

Amrop

GABRIELA NGUYEN-GROZA

Gabriela has 14 years of experience on the local and international market. Prior to founding Amrop Luxembourg, she started the local office of another leading executive search international network in Luxembourg. She commands an extensive national, regional and international experience and Board and C-Level network, and is a trusted advisor for Boards, Chairs, CEOs and their executive teams.

GILDA PENDER

NICOLE OLBE

Managing Director

Adyen UK

NICOLE OLBE

Nicole is a customer focused professional with over 20 years’ experience in the global payments ecosystem. She has a reputation for developing diverse talent, driving results and strategy, galvanizing teams, and being an agent of change.Nicole has recently joined Adyen, a global financial technology platform of choice for leading enterprise businesses, as the UK Managing Director.

EMANUELA SACCAROLA

EMANUELA SACCAROLA

Managing Director, Global Head of Cross-border Payments & Receivables

Citi

EMANUELA SACCAROLA

Emanuela is the Global Co-Head of Cross-border Payments & Receivables at Citibank. She is responsible for the management of a very broad and competitively differentiated suite of cross border payments solutions into over 200 countries. She is accountable for the business strategy and execution, P&L, and product development function in partnership with Citi Markets and Securities Services.
SHERREE SCHAEFER

SARA SAVIDGE

CEO – International Payments

Fexco

SARA SAVIDGE

Working with and for many of the world’s largest corporations, payment & Fintech organisations, Sara has been responsible for crafting, leading and accelerating multiple international growth and business transformation strategies across the globe. Prior to her move to Fexco, Sara held several senior leadership and executive positions with JP Morgan, Fiserv and other prominent financial institutions.

SHERREE SCHAEFER

SHERREE SCHAEFER

Chief People & Culture Officer

Pay.UK

SHERREE SCHAEFER

Sherree is an experienced Executive and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), as well as an active member of the Association for Coaching (MAC). With a career spanning over 20 years she has worked for organisations including BASF, PwC and Barclays and has significant UK and international experience.