FinTech Summit – The Token Economy at MWC Barcelona 2022

FinTech Summit – The Token Economy at MWC Barcelona 2022

Start: Wednesday 2 March 2022 10:30

End: Wednesday 2 March 2022 16:15

Venue: Industry City Stage, Hall 4, Fira Gran Via

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The FinTech Summit at MWC Barcelona 2022 will explore the latest emerging themes, showcase case studies, and highlight future opportunities. Brought to you by leading industry experts we will blend the practical experience of how the mobile eco-system has harnessed the power of fintech to redefine markets whilst also looking forward to examining how emerging trends are combining to create a powerful force to accelerate the development of the token economy.

We will also be launching the GSMA FinTech Forum, bringing together key partners across the mobile eco-system. The forum will help to review key trends, capture new opportunities, drive collaboration, and support global alignment.

MWC Barcelona Conference sessions are available for the following pass types only: Intelligence Pass, Leader’s Pass, VIP pass.

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Event Agenda

Session 1: Digital Assets Landscape

Time: 10:15 – 11:15

With the valuation of the digital asset class now greater than the GDP of individual countries, digital currencies are now mainstream. Whether crypto, CBDC’s or stablecoin, digital currencies are now a high-profile news item powering the debate on the token economy. Similarly, NFTs are emerging as an exciting proposition.

In this session, we will explore the key trends and the opportunities for the mobile eco-system.

Session 2: The Rise of Scam Attacks

Time: 11:30 – 12:15

As Commerce uses increasingly sophisticated technology to fight fraud, there is a growing trend of fraudsters now deploying social engineering scams as an attack vector.

This session will explore how increased collaboration between key stakeholders across the eco-system has enabled the development of innovative solutions to increase security and enhance user experience.

Session 3: Web3.0 – The Metaverse

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Whilst the subject of much media interest it’s also true that metaverse is now a common term featuring frequently in major tech companies’ earnings calls and a significant focus of the strategy. Often referenced as web 3.0, it’s a term used to describe the evolution of the internet, a future state blending physical and digital experiences, including identity, payments, entertainment, and social media, whilst also unlocking new digital business models.

In our session at MWC will explore the current landscape, the vision and the implications and opportunities for the mobile eco-system.

Session 4:  FinTech Disruption 

Time: 14:15 – 15:15

Over the past decade, mobile networks have been leveraging fintech partnerships to create market entry strategies with innovative, disruptive propositions creating substantial new value pools for shareholders.

At the same time, the power of fintech has been witnessed with the emergence of new digital-only propositions and incumbents harnessing fintech to accelerate growth strategies.

In our focus on disruption, we will examine case studies of how fintech is enabling the creation of powerful, disruptive propositions that are redefining the market.

Session 5: Transformation of Payments

Time: 15:30 – 16:15

Recent years has seen an explosion in mobile wallet-based payment solutions offering real convenience to consumers, with a number developing into super apps. Digital currencies create a real threat of disintermediation and new regulation such as Open Banking is increasing competition. There have been huge disruptions in e-commerce and point-of-sale (pos) payments with new value propositions delivering seamless experiences and displacing cash. IoT technologies- watches, fridges, cars, smart speakers-are creating multiple payment opportunities and transforming the payment experience. The growth of electronic transactions is accelerating. In this session, industry experts will review the key developments and discuss what’s next for future payments.

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Our Speakers

Richard Cockle

Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data, GSMA

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.

Brian Gorman

Financial Services Vertical Lead, GSMA

Brian is the Financial Services Vertical Lead at GSMA leading activities to enhance collaboration between the Financial Services vertical and the mobile eco-system. This reflects the strategy requested by the GSMA board to get closer to key verticals and better understand their needs.

His career includes product and commercial management in banking and mobile telecoms including O2, Lloyds and Barclays. As well as Telecomms, heading up the Digital Product team, Commerce, at Telefonica UK.


Lauren Jones

Senior Advisor in Payments Standardization and Policy , Huawei

Lauren Jones is a Senior Advisor in Payments Standardisation and Policy at Huawei where she is responsible for advising on policy and industrial strategy considerations in relation to payment services in Europe and international markets. She is also responsible for Huawei’s engagement in payment standards and industry bodies across Europe.

Lauren has over 10 years’ experience in the payments and fintech. In previous roles Lauren has been Head of Standards at Payments UK (now Pay.UK), responsible for the standards policy and direction in the UK payments market. She has held UK Head of Delegation positions at ISO and European Payments Council as well as various Ad-Hoc Groups within the European Central Bank, UK Open Banking Implementation Entity, SWIFT and the Berlin Group. She has assisted fintech organizations in their standards and GTM strategy and worked across a number of functions, including senior roles in industry standards, government engagement and regulation.

Keiron Dalton

VP International, Prove

Keiron is responsible for the UK and supports international growth at Prove. His career covers all facets of the mobile operator identity ecosystem, with spells at the GSMA, BT and as a service provider. Keiron believes a prototype is worth a thousand meetings. 

Glyn Povah

Group Head of Product, Mobile Identity, LUCA, Telefónica

Glyn is Global Product Director at Luca,Telefonica’s division specifically focused on creating propositions from insights. Working with the UK banks he helped create the initial sim swap product which is now part of Telefonica’s core offering across its global markets.

Rajat Dayal


Rajat co-founded Yabx in 2018 with a mission to build a platform that enables financial access to the under-banked using proprietary AI and ML algorithms on massive amounts of alternate data. Prior to starting Yabx, he spent almost a decade working in various operating roles such as Channel Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Comviva Technologies, the global leader in Mobility Solutions.

Prior to Comviva, He was a strategy consultant with ElectrifAi (erstwhile called Opera Solutions) where he worked with top PE firms and their portfolio companies in the US on various data driven projects across Financial Services, Consumer goods and Telecom space.  Prior to ElectrifAi, he was an analyst with Hughes Software Systems, a unit of Hughes Network Systems, where he wrote code for the SGSN and GGSN  network nodes. Rajat has an MBA from INSEAD France where he took most of his electives in Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences.

Zhang Yi

Senior Solution Architect, Ant Group Singapore

Zhang Yi is a Senior Solution Architect at Ant Group Singapore. He delivers Ant Group’s home-grown AI-based solutions to Asia financial institutions, fintech and telco companies, helping them to be more compliant and protected. Zhang Yi has more than 10 years of experience in the field of identity proofing, biometrics, security, anti-fraud management and AML. As an MBA graduate from the National University of Singapore, Zhang Yi endeavours to apply technologies in solving business problems.

Prior to Ant Group, he was one of the founding members of Jumio APAC where he witnessed the early adoption of identifying proofing in the APAC region. Prior to Jumio, he served as product manager in UL for payment and telecom functional test software. He has extensive knowledge in payment systems, regulatory and risk technologies.

George Held

Chief of Staff , Veon

George is a digital telco executive with broad international experience. He is driven by a commitment and desire to add significant value through the introduction of sustainable, market-relevant, digital services that impact people’s lives, while simultaneously delivering high commercial impact for all stakeholders. 
He has been publicly recognized and awarded for driving and implementing several market-leading transformational initiatives in the international telco sector including 14 GSMA GLOMO awards.
Prior to Veon, he held senior executive positions with-in Etisalat, Zain, Airtel and Millicom Groups.

Jen Herrmann

Senior Expert Corporate Strategy, Deutsche Telekom

Innovation and technology is a passion for Jens, Senior Expert Corporate Strategy at Deutsche Telekom. Being in the telco business for more than 18 years now, he combines his technology and business background with entrepreneurship, foresight topics, as well as strategy and investment work. Jens is driving and advising major blockchain and crypto related developments at DT.

Cathy Hackl

Chief Metaverse Officer & CEO , The Futures Intelligence Group

Cathy Hackl is a globally recognized metaverse expert, tech futurist, and top business executive with deep experience working in metaverse-related fields with companies like HTC VIVE, Magic Leap, and Amazon Web Services. She’s CEO of the Futures Intelligence Group, a leading metaverse consultancy working with the world’s top brands on metaverse growth strategies, NFTs, gaming, virtual fashion, and how to extend their brands into virtual worlds. She’s a sought-after consultant, speaker, and media personality. Hackl was recently featured in 60 Minutes+, WSJ, and WIRED’s coverage of the metaverse and is a contributor to Forbes. She has written two books and is writing an anticipated book on the business opportunities of the metaverse titled The Metaverse Economy. Hackl has been dubbed the Godmother of the metaverse and is one of the top tech voices on LinkedIn. She’s also the host of Adweek’sMetaverse Marketing podcast and the dean of the Republic Realm Academy. BigThink named Hackl one of the top 10 most influential women in tech in 2020 and in 2021 she was included in the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit

CEO M-PESA Africa & Chief Officer Financial Services , Safaricom

 Sitoyo Lopokoiyit is a mobile-financial services expert, who has managed mobile money in two of the largest markets in the world (Kenya & Tanzania). In his current role as Managing Director – M-Pesa Africa and Acting Chief Financial Services Officer at Safaricom PLC, he is responsible for managing and growing M-PESA which has earned revenues of over $700 million, with the service growing at over 19% year on year. 

He is a passionate, energetic and easy-going leader, who has delivered major innovations that have revolutionized the global mobile money space and driven financial inclusion such as the world’s first contextual over draft facility dubbed- Fuliza, Mshwari a savings and loan proposition, M-PESA Global Payments, and partnerships with Paypal and Ali Express. 

Prior to joining Safaricom PLC, he served as the M-Commerce Director at Vodacom Tanzania PLC , where he led the turnaround strategy for the adoption and execution of M-PESA which resulted in the accelerated growth of M-PESA in Tanzania. He also oversaw the delivery of several other transformative products and services like the delivery of Mobile Money G2 platform, M-PESA APP, interoperable transactions for both peer to peer transfers and merchant payments, Business to Business payments, M-PESA CVM and Merchant Payments. 

He is currently the Chairman of M-PESA Limited (Tanzania) and CEO of Safaricom Money Transfer Services Limited. 

Sitoyo has over 15 years’ senior managerial experience from different fields; oil & Gas (Chevron and Total Kenya Ltd) and in the Retail industry within Kenya. He has worked extensively in the East Africa Region as well as in Mauritius and Reunion. 

Sitoyo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in Marketing from the University of Nairobi (2000) and an MSc in Information Technology Management and Organizational Change from Lancaster University in UK. 

George Cray

Senior Vice President – Product, iconectiv

George Cray is the Senior Vice President – Product for iconectiv. He leads a team of product managers responsible for iconectiv’s platforms and several industry registries. 

Cray has over 30 years of experience providing the product, sales and service solution strategies to telecom network management firms and top tier service providers. He previously held leadership roles at JDS Uniphase (now Viavi Systems), Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and Bellcore. Cray had expanded roles starting in systems engineering and growing to lead global product line management, sales and marketing organizations over his career.

Cray holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers University.




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