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As the flagship cards event for the Nordic region, SMi's 8th annual Nordic Card Markets conference is shaping up to be the most compelling yet.  With the rate of change across Europe in the cards and payments market gathering momentum this conference will both build upon the subjects discussed in January 2008 and move onto the new hot issues facing investors, including developments in mobile payment services, NFC and RFID, contactless card trials and smart cards for travel. Crucially this event will delve deeper into the ongoing SEPA and PSD debate analysing the impact and structure of SEPA which SMi touched upon last January when the first tranfers began.

With the usual line-up of high quality expert speakers always attracted to this event SMi's  'Nordic Card Markets' conference is ideally placed to provide a timely update and analysis of current developments in the cards market across the Nordic region.

The conference programme for 2009 will discuss innovative payment techniques, smart cards and the surrounding technology, the latest in mobile and NFC and the most recent contactless rollouts across the Nordics. With over 140 attendees in 2008 this remains the leading cards and payments conference dedicated to the Nordic region and will provide an unmissable networking opportunity with key decision makers and industry leaders.

  • Discover the key issues and developments facing the cards and payments industry across the Nordic region
  • Update yourself on the advancement of contactless and mobile payment solutions
  • Hear case studies of the latest card and payment innovations from leading Nordic banks
  • Learn about the latest issues surrounding SEPA and the Payment Systems Directive
  • Understand further the advent of smart card solutions along with latest technological developments

·          Commercial Directors of Banks
·          Financial Directors from Banks
·          Chief Executives from Banks and financial associations
·          Chief Executives from card technology manufacturers
·          Retail Directors
·          Partners from law firms (focussing on legal implications of fraud etc)
·          Project managers from public sector transport projects
·          Heads of Private Finance and Equity firms
·          Economic analysts

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:10 CONTACTLESS PAYMENT: CONVENIENCE PAYS

Christian Delporte

Christian Delporte, Member of the Board, EMVCo

9:50 SEPA -CHALLENGES AND SOULTIONS FOR THE CARDS BUSINESS IN EUROPE

Oliver Hommel

Oliver Hommel, Vice-Chairman Board of Directors, Euro Alliance of Payment Schemes


• SEPA for cards – is it necessary?
• Where are the challenges on the way for a SEPA for cards?
• The needs of banks
• Euro Alliance of Payment Schemes – the SEPA solution
• Is there a need for a new SEPA cards processing infrastructure?

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 PBS: FUTURE STRATEGIES

Tue Lystrup

Tue Lystrup, Associate Director, PBS A/S

• Is there need for at common Nordic card strategy?
• Is the Nordic region enough?
• Developing a strategy to fit the Nordic market place
• Profitability and time to market in a complex geographic area

11:40 EMPLOYING YOUR QUALITY SEPA PRODUCT

Peter Theunis

Peter Theunis, Director, INTEGRI

• EMV, the pre-requisite SEPA
• Similarities with the EMV migration
• Archetypal obstacles and new opportunities
• Fast migration

12:20 Networking Luncheon Sponsor Luottokunta

14:10 THE FUTURE OF CARD PAYMENT SERVICES

Mikko Pilkama

Mikko Pilkama, Executive Vice President, Luottokunta

  •           SEPA migration in Finland
  •           Bank’s expectation of a card services company
  •           Why IT matters in card payment services
  •           Contactless payment implementation
  • 14:50 UPGRADING THE BANKS INTERNET SECURITY

    Olov Brandt

    Olov Brandt, Senior Product Manager, Nordea

  • A more secure solution in an unsecure world
  • Mulitple solutions in the same device
  • Using both CAp and PKI for netbank and IVR security, National e-Identity, Internet Card Payment Security
  • Dynamic signatures - adaptable security
  • Roll out considerations - security and trust for the consumers
  • The results of the roll out and what's next
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 PAYMENT SYSTEMS DIRECTIVE

    Norbert Bielefeld

    Norbert Bielefeld, Deputy Director Payment Systems, World Savings Banks Institute/ European Savings Banks Group

  • Impact of SEPA
  • Implementation deadlines
  • Fraud prevention
  • PSD issuing and acquiring
  • 16:30 THE FUTURE OF PAYMENT SYSTEMS IN NORWAY

    Jan Digranes

    Jan Digranes, Director, Norwegian Savings Banks' Association

    • A market overview
    • Influence from SEPA developments
    • Domestic vs. SEPA payment services
    • Strategies for the future

    17:10 EMV - THE PLATFORM FOR GLOBAL PAYMENT INTEROPERABILITY

    Peter Sidenius

    Peter Sidenius, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company

    • Introduction of EMVCo
    • Past Accomplishments
    • Managing Global Interoperability
    • Overview of Common Initiatives

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:50 SMi would like to invite you to the Networking Drinks Reception in the exhibition hall

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Susanne Bronnum

    Susanne Bronnum, Director, PBS A/S

    9:10 MOBILE PAYMENTS IN NORWAY

    Bent Bentsen

    Bent Bentsen, Senior Advisor, Group Payments and Infrastructure, DnB NOR Bank ASA
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    • Mobile Pay Pass trail in Oslo – scope, partners and lessons learned
    • Mobile financial services ecosystem – a new ecosystem?
    • Bank and mobile operator co-operation
    • TSM Nordic AS
    • The future is great, but what can we do today?

    9:50 NFC AND MOBILE PAYMENTS

    Maarten Bron

    Maarten Bron, Associate, Collis B V

    • New developments in NFC
    • Using NFC technology in conjunction with new mobile phone applications 
    • Problems posed and overcome in m-payments and NFC
    • The future of m-payments

    10:30 MOBILE CONTACTLESS - PREPARING FOR THE NORDICS

    Pekka Markkula

    Pekka Markkula, Head of Service Enablers, TeliaSonera

    • Combining multiple card types into one platform
    • Maintaining high security levels with a SIM card
    • The use of Near Field Communication technology
    • Build-up of the ecosystems for a multi-purpose SIM card

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 CONTACTLESS TICKETING IN THE PARIS REGION PHASE TWO

    Francis Sykes

    Francis Sykes, Head of Business Development, New Products, Calypso Networks Association

    • From native contactless cards to open platforms
    • From a transport centric to a multi-national approach
    • Dealing with occasional users: new media and channels
    • Dealing with security issuesin an increasingly open environment

    12:10 APPLYING CARD STRATEGY TO RETAIL

    Ruth Milligan

    Ruth Milligan, Legal Adviser on Payment Systems, EuroCommerce

    • Current structures
    • Preserving efficiencies
    • Competition and Commission action
    • The needs and challenges of SEPA
    • A fairer fee structure

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 INNOVATIONS AT NECTAR - AN OVERVIEW OF HOW NECTAR CREATES MORE VALUE FOR CONSUMERS AND PARTNERS

    Koos Berkhaut

    Koos Berkhaut, Strategic Development Director, Groupe Aeroplan

    • An introduction to Nectar, the UK’s largest loyalty programme
    • Keeping the consumer proposition fresh
    • The value of sharing insights

    14:40 WAVE GOODBYE TO CASH

    Andrea Zamboni

    Andrea Zamboni, Senior Marketing Manager, Visa Europe

    • Contactless business strategy
    • Contactless deployment update
    • The VISA London launch
    • VISA contactless road map

    15:20 PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS THE NORDIC REGION

    Catharina Eklof

    Catharina Eklof, Business Leader, Co-branding & Merchant Development, Mastercard Europe

    • Industry snapshot
    • Establishing initial collaborations
    • Cross industry partnerships
    • Case studies
    • Key learnings to maximise success

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    16:10 Afternoon Tea

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