Identity Hangout: Identity management in RCS payments

Start: Thursday 12 September 2019 4:00 pm

End: Thursday 12 September 2019 5:00 pm

Venue: Virtual

A 20% decline of interest in apps usage in the US highlights customers are looking for a simpler and more conversational alternative to engage with businesses. RCS and Rich Business Messaging (RBM) can fill this gap, improving the ways in which people and businesses communicate. It provides brands with the opportunity to increase their engagement with customers by using RCS chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI). There is no longer a need to download multiple apps; instead, users gain direct access to a range of brands and services, allowing them to engage with virtual assistants in eCommerce transactions such as booking flights, buying clothes or making restaurant reservations.

Authentication, identity verification and data management are crucial to successful eCommerce transactions and payment fulfillment. Join this upcoming Identity Hangout where the GSMA will be joined by Pavan Challa, Director of Product Management at Verizon, in explaining how mobile network operators can offer customer authentication to businesses using RBM.

Richard Cockle

Head of Identity, GSMA

Richard Cockle

Richard Cockle, Head of Identity at GSMA, leads an international team developing new identity capabilities using Mobile Connect. He expanded the business reach of Mobile Connect to 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries, reaching over half a billion people worldwide.

With over 15 years of experience leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the key challenges being faced by the industry. In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to key standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are widely deployed nowadays. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.

In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held a number of technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

Pavan Challa

Director of Product Management, Verizon

Pavan Challa

Pavan Challa is Director of Product Management at Verizon. He leads the customer experience products and platforms including Messaging and Identity. His team is responsible for product development and strategy functions in the space. Pavan’s team partners with key stakeholders from various business units to improve the customer experience on both the P2P and A2P messaging products, Seamless authentication and identity solutions.

Pavan joined the Customer Experience team in 2019. Before that, Pavan has led several teams within Verizon in various functions including product management, Network Operations, Network Engineering, Marketing Operations, Business Requirements and  Product marketing.

Pavan holds a Masters in Electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ and an MBA from Lehigh University in PA.

David Pollington

Head of Applications & Services, GSMA

David Pollington

David Pollington, Head of Applications & Services at the GSMA will be hosting this Hangout focused on self-sovereign and decentralised identity and the future of identity within trends such as conversational commerce (RCS).

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