23 September 2010
Technology Trends: Mobile Developments
Samee Zafar, Director, Edgar Dunn, London
David Birch, Director, Consult Hyperion
For the past year, the hottest space in banking has been around mobile, thanks to iPhone apps, M-PESA and other developments in mobile payments and banking. Here, two leading authorities in this space provide us with an insight into the latest mobile payments developments.
David G.W. Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Described by The Telegraph as "one of the world's leading experts on digital money", by The Independent as a "grade-A geek", by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies" and by Financial World as "mad", Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy Journal, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his blogs on Digital Money and Digital Identity. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.
Samee Zafar is a Director in Edgar Dunn's London office. His expertise covers retail banking, card issuing and acquiring, electronic payments including Internet and mobile payments. Samee has deep experience in helping clients set-up Internet and telephone based direct banking and brokerage operations including the selection and management of technology providers and outsourcing partners. Previously Samee has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Visa International in London and New York. Samee holds a B.Sc in Physics and Mathematics from University of the Punjab in Pakistan, is a chartered accountant, and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the Cass Business School of the City University in London where he received his MBA in Finance. Samee is also the co-author of Developing and Managing a Successful Payments Cards Business.