Payments Advisory Director, Business Banking, Macquarie Bank
Payments Advisory Director with Macquarie’s Business Bank, Greg holds a PhD in Business Law and has 20 years banking experience across Australia, Asia & Latin America. Greg has worked with hundreds of businesses, from local startups to multinational institutions, helping them to take advantage of change in payments technology and regulation.
Manager, Advisory, KPMG
Rupesh has diverse experience working with major banks and financial services clients to strategically navigate the rapidly evolving payments landscape, providing consulting services across payments value chain, real time payments commercialization strategy, payments risk & fraud consulting and business case development for organizational-wide Transformations. He recently led the payments hub assessment and strategy development for a regional bank; worked closely with senior-level resources within each business vertical to identify short and long term use cases to further enhance payment capabilities based on industry trends.
Assistant Vice President, Payments, Redwood Credit Union
Responsible for Cards (Services/Security) at Redwood Credit Union ($3.5B in assets, 250K+ Membership owned financial cooperative). Responsible for driving all card operations spanning instant issuance, card security, rewards & new products and services.
Directly oversee & responsible for operations spanning:
Goran Stefkovski is the Chief Technology Ocer at Kogan.com. He has been involved with Kogan.com since its inception, and moved to full-time services in August 2010. Prior to joining Kogan.com, Goran was a Solicitor at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and a Consulting Engineer at Coey International (formerly Asia Pacific Rail). Goran holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Engineering in Software with Honours from The University of Melbourne.
Manager, Digital Experience and Channels, JETSTAR AIRWAYS
Nicola is a senior digital marketer and strategist with over 15 years’ digital experience across international markets within the travel, retail, and services industries. A passionate customer champion, she has had P&L responsibility and ownership of eCommerce, digital marketing, content, social, mobile, fulfilment and customer service channels for a number of brands including Jetstar, Forever New, Kathmandu and Quiksilver.
Head of HR, Dymocks
Paul Swain is the Head of HR for Dymocks and leads HR across Australia for the country’s oldest and largest specialty bookselling business.
In addition to this Paul is the General Manager of the Dymocks Children’s Charities, having been with the Dymocks group for five years.
Before moving to Australia Paul held HR roles in Europe and Asia across a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications, outsourcing and, of course, retail.
In his role as GM of Dymocks Children’s Charities Paul is a passionate advocate for literacy in young people across Australia.
By implementing programs which are proven to improve literacy rates amongst school students, he and his team are slowly achieving their purpose to change kids’ lives - one book at a time.
Chief Information Officer, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores (USA)
Dr. Michael Carper (Mike) is the Chief Information Officer for Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores (SHOS), based in the NW Chicago suburbs. He is an internationally recognized technology leader and quoted authority in areas of business alignment, security, asset management, and IT operational process improvement. He has 30 years of experience in the engineering and support of telecommunications and information technologies in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and telecommunications industries.
Mike currently leads a major global technology transformation project. When complete in Summer of 2017, the company may be the world's largest retailer that does not own/operate a data center. It will be fully cloud-based and out-sourced (on-shore and off-shore). Every element of technology will be replaced and moved to the cloud over a 12 month period of time. The SaaS and IaaS partners include - Capgemini, NetSuite (Finance/ERP, POS, Suite Commerce Advanced), JustEnough, UltiPro, MuleSoft, Microsoft Office 365, JDA, Concur, Adaptive Insights, Vertex, Kyriba, SPS Commerce, AMT, CounselLink, FreedomPay, Talent Quest, Inspire to Learn, Optimal IdM, ECS, AWS, Azure, Hadoop, Cloudera, 3PL, GTT, and the list goes on. It's an exciting and expansive project that requires mapping out every single business process.
Prior to joining Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Mike was the Chief Information Officer for RadioShack and head of Infrastructure, Operations, Security, and at JCPenney and Dick's Sporting Goods. While at Dick Sporting Goods, Mike led an effort to relocate the company's primary data center to a brand new facility over 4 weeks without unplanned downtime. His efforts to improve the eCommerce infrastructure, change management, and code management of Coldwater Creek's website resulted in establishing Coldwater Creek's eCommerce site at the top of the Gomez report for performance and availability. Mike was a leader in the post-acquisition migration of GTE Wireless & Contel Cellular to a common billing and point-of-sale system, the migration of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to an ERP system that replaced paper medical records, and the migration of legacy human resource and finance systems to SAP at Coldwater Creek.
His leadership in technology has been featured in CIO Magazine, Computerworld, CIO Decisions Magazine, and in case studies by Dell, Cisco, and Intel. He was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the IT Infrastructure Management Association and a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences hosted by Gartner, Evanta, Cards & Payments (Australia), Ohio State University, and many others. As an educator, he has taught graduate courses in wireless communications.
Mike lives in the Dallas area with his wife (Tammy). He has three outstanding kids (Lindy, 28; Chris, 25; and Annie, 18) and two wonderful grand-daughters (Peighton 3; Berkley 2). He has attended Purdue University (BS), Ball State University (MS), and Indiana State University (PhD.). He is a former professional rock musician and his hobbies include playing guitar, amateur radio (WA9PIE), and traveling. He is a partner in a software company that makes the world's most popular software title for amateur radio - Ham Radio Deluxe.
Co-Founder & Operations Director,
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(2017 ORIAS Finalists in 4 Categories: Best Small Independent Retailer; Best Bootstrapped Growth Initiative; Best Site Optimisation & Design; and most coveted Startrack People’s Choice – Small Business, an award voted for by customers)
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