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  • Eldar Allahverdiyev

    Eldar Allahverdiyev


Senior Product Manager

Eldar is leading the enterprise products business line at OFX, such as API Products and Mass Payouts, driving fintech business transformation from B2C to B2B business. He is driving the innovation and building the OFX API Strategy from the scratch and turning OFX into the simple, easy and customer driven global payments platform. He has previously transformed Telstra via APIs first strategy across multiple business domains, led multiple product teams and managed multiple product disciplines.

  • David Beardmore

    David Beardmore

    Open Data Institute (ODI)

Commercial Director

David leads the ODI’s commercial, business development and marketing activities.
His 20 years in data-driven insight and marketing have seen him work with many leading brands in multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world such as Experian, Callcredit and Telefonica, David also ran his own boutique data insight business, Thinkdata, for 5 years before its acquisition by Bertelsmann.
David’s work is characterised by passion, pragmatism and a fierce determination to deliver measurable value to clients. He also loves to challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of doing stuff.
Originally a classically trained musician, David has a Masters from Cambridge and an MBA in Marketing. Ever the optimist, he continues to hold a season ticket at Nottingham Forest

  • Anna Bligh

    Anna Bligh

    Australian Banking Association


Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers.
Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure.
Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011.
Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic violence.
In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector, Anna received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.
Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.

  • Greg Booker

    Greg Booker


Group CIO, Digital and Innovation Executive

  • Leila Fourie

    Leila Fourie

    Australian Payments Network

Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments. Dr Fourie was appointed as CEO of Australian Payments Network in 2016 and also serves as the NSW Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia. Prior to this, she served on the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Dr Fourie also served as Card Division Managing Director for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s investment bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina. Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country by Economic Society South Africa.

  • Joanne Henaghan

    Joanne Henaghan


Chief Innovation Officer

Joanne is responsible for implementing new business opportunities and delivery platforms at Credabl, an emerging FinTech specialist lender. This includes overall responsibility for information technology and systems architecture.

She has 20 years of diversified banking experience, having worked internationally across several areas of banking.

Her career highlights include:- managing Investec’s first mortgage-backed securitisation issue; implementing first-time participation in payment networks and premium debit & credit card programmes; and managing activities to achieve banking license surrender and re-brand following the sale of Investec (Aus) to BOQ. Technology implementations include a global credit risk system; core banking platforms; online banking and off-shoring call centres.

With a successful track record in delivering on strategic initiatives, product innovation and banking system implementations, Joanne has a reputation for ‘getting elephants across the line’.

  • Ryan Gonsalves

    Ryan Gonsalves

    AMP Bank Limited

Head Of Innovation and Change

Ryan Gonsalves heads Innovation and Change at AMP’s Australian Retail Bank. Born in England, he started his career as a Professional football (soccer) player at Huddersfield Town, before moving on to play semi-professional around Europe and coaching in the US. That team ethic and the need for a single, cohesive, passionate strategy has underpinned his work in global giants General Electric and HSBC, in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and now Australia.

Ryan’s focus for AMP is to foster a culture of banking innovation that will deliver on the strategy to become the banking provider of choice for intermediaries. In doing so, it requires the development of targeted, market leading product propositions that build on the AMP customer strategy through a market leading human-centred customer-experience that creates an irrational bias for selecting AMP’s banking solutions.

Ryan joined AMP in March 2017 following 9 years in HSBC’s Global Retail Banking & Wealth Management team, based in Hong Kong. During that time, he travelled extensively across the HSBC global footprint, driving thought-leadership research to develop and implement innovative product propositions and leading the multi-jurisdiction award winning home ownership journeys.

Prior to AMP and HSBC, he spent 9 years at GE Capital where he held various roles in Sales, Marketing and as a Six Sigma and Lean Black Belt.

  • Steve Wiggins

    Steve Wiggins

    Payments NZ

Chief Executive

Steve joined the team at Payments NZ in January 2014 to continue the evolution of cohesive and sophisticated payment system improvements through collaboration, partnerships, and ensuring a level playing field in a fast moving industry. Prior to joining Payments NZ, Steve served as General Manager Marketing, Sales and Customer Services with Gareth Morgan Investments. Steve has had direct senior management experience in a leading payments business responsible for the processing of $3b worth of value per year. From General Manager to creating and operating a number of his own businesses, Steve has more than 25 years of leadership experience in disciplines covering business management, all aspects of marketing and sales, technology development and transfer.

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