Cointelegraph is proud to announce that it will take part as the official media sponsor at this year’s Mobile Money & Digital Payments Global Conference where the future of payments and mobile money will be explored in great detail. The conference will be held November 18–20, 2014 at Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent in Instanbul, Turkey.

Experts from across the globe are set to debate and discuss the most pressing payment issues and map the route towards a cashless world. The event will include a series of industry panels, cutting-edge presentations and focused workshops.

For the first time this year, conference delegates will be able to share their views via live polls and breakout discussion forum, creating a truly interactive event.

Day 1

The first day of the two-day conference will launch with a strand on Creating a Global Cashless Society with Kevin Marisia Amatesche, Product Manager for Orange Money in Orange Kenya and Mariana Escobar, Deputy Director for the Department of Social Prosperity, Government of Colombia among the speakers.

This will examine how to shape a world where digital money integrates seamlessly into every transaction no matter how small or remote. Kivanc Onan, Country Director of Paypal, will oversee a panel discussion where bank and mobile experts will debate What’s in store for payments next year to create predications and map trends.

The Partnerships, Interoperability and Competition strand is led by Faia Sadiq, Group Head of Payment Services, Habib Bank Limited in Pakistan. It includes a panel discussion with representatives from Bank PKO BP Poland, Poland’s largest bank and the Committee on Electronic Money in Peru focusing on whether interoperability is the key to driving critical mass globally.

Sam Maule, Managing Consultant of Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group in the USA leads the conference strand on Opportunities in Next generation Payments featuring a panel discussion on whether NFC is dead.  

Day 2

The second day of the conference will feature an interesting session on Migrating social payments to the mobile: Lessons learned from Colombia led by Maria José Uribe Trujillo, Advisor to the Directorate General of the Department for Social Prosperity for the Government of Colombia.

Ayhan Okcular, Business Development representative at Turkcell in Turkey, will lead a discussion on Igniting the mobile payments landscape in Turkey, while a senior representative from Google in Turkey will examine the consumer trends in the country.

The Future of Payments strand will be opened by session leader Faisal Khan, CEO of Faisal Khan & Company who will conduct an audience poll on how digital payments are changing payment culture and oversee an audience debate on the key issues of digital banking. Qasif Shahid from MCB Bank in Pakistan will be leading a session on how mobile wallets are poised to disintermediate bank accounts.

Within this strand there is also a session on The role of digital payment alternatives in today’s economy led by Jon Matonis, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation in the UK followed by a panel discussion on what the dominant payment channels will look like in 2024.

There will be a panel discussion exploring whether digital banking is the ‘game changer’ for

the next generation of financial services featuring the Principal Analyst for the Bank of

Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Japan. Another panel discussion will look at what the dominant

payment channels will look like in 2024 with Victor Dostov, Director of the Russian Electronic

Money Association on the panel. You can view the full agenda here.

Hazel Miller, Marketing Manager at Organiser Clarion Events, notes:

“Our comprehensive conference sees the global payments industry unite under one roof for two packed days of presentations and focused workshops. The interactive debates and live polls allow the audience to become more involved than ever before.”

To register for the Mobile Money & Digital Payments Global and for additional information go to:

Before October 3, 2014, the 2-day conference pass will be:

  • £1,249 for delegates from a technology/service provider
  • £500 for delegates from a bank or mobile network operator
  • Free for delegates from the retail sector