Industry Contributor of the Year finalists

Industry Contributor of the Year category covers an individual or team that has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the emerging payments or prepaid industry, either in their own national market or at a European level.

The best and the brightest among the payments industry influencers were up for consideration for this prestigious award, which covers an individual
and market as a whole, not just their own or their organisation’s success.

After some very close competition, we’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the Industry Contributor of the Year 2019 Award.

Big congratulations to all finalists!


Alma Ahmic
CEO, Bamcard

Alma is Bamcard’s CEO since 2010. Prior to when it was popular for women to consider a career in Fin Tech, Alma was given a chance to be a female pioneer in the payment industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina after being recognized in the banking industry for building new brands, driving business and stimulating innovation. For her it was love at first sight and entering this dynamic industry with her Austrian result-oriented mentality she recognized possibilities to make payments more accessible and less expensive.

Since Alma joined Bamcard – and thanks to her vast experience in the Fin Tech, payment and banking industry – Alma has served as a role model and mentor for many women and men at Bamcard and in the industry. Customers, colleagues and partners feel her excitement and positive approach. She oversees a large team of both women and men and encourages all of them through supportive guidance.

Under her leadership, several initiatives were launched, including KVIKO – the first Instant Payment Platform in the region. At the moment KVIKO offers 3 services KVIKO cash (mobile cardless ATM withdrawals), KVIKO instant (P2P instant inter-bank transactions) and KVIKO top up (GSM top up) and it is planned to offer KVIKO Pay until the end of this year (QR Code hardwareless interbank payments). In the previous years she was the strategy leader for the development and implementation of other advanced services and products in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the SEE region such as the first ATM Sharing Network, the first Anti-Fraud Prevention mobile application and a Host Authorization Processing and Personalization Software.

Anne Pieckielon
Payments Specialist and SME Consultant

Anne’s track record of achievement as a Director and senior leader with We Are Pay UK (formerly Bacs) and across the wider EPA community as an Advisory Board member brings a unique perspective to a range of industry challenges faced by the Fintech ecosystem.  Anne constantly challenges the traditional payments model across a range of services and supports stakeholders to achieve step change in their business.

At Bacs Anne led the strategy and steered product development of the UK’s retail payment products and services such as Direct Debit, Direct Credit, Current Account Switch Service and Cash ISA switching services. Anne’s entrepreneurship and influence shaped the future of these highly successful initiatives which have been adopted by the financial services industry, consumers and businesses globally.

Recognised as a senior leader under the Innovate Finance Women in PayTech Powerlist and shortlisted for the Emerging Payments Awards’ Industry Contributor of the Year, Anne champions diversity; leading the highly successful EPA Women in PayTech project.  She is a judge for the European Women’s Payment Network (EWPN) Awards and an advocate for HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, although Anne canvasses contributions from the broadest audience possible to further develop the industry.

Myles Stephenson
CEO and Founder, Modulr

Myles Stephenson, CEO and founder of Modulr, has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. In the last year, he has devoted his time between creating a profitable and innovative business and supporting the development of the emerging payments industry.

Under Myles’ leadership, some of Modulr’s highlights within the last eight months include: crossing the £10bn of payments processed through its platform milestone; announcing two key strategic partnerships that provide reach into the accounting and SME industry with Sage and the trade travel industry with Paxport; and securing two significant rounds of funding each exceeding £10m.

Most recently, Myles led Modulr to win £10m from the Capability & Innovation Fund, part of the RBS Alternative Remedies Package in August 2019 in a bid to supercharge SME payments capability. A month later, Modulr was named as one of 25 LinkedIn Top Startups to work for in the UK.

In the last year, Myles has contributed to the wider emerging payments industry by endorsing Women in STEM initiatives, including co-sponsoring a study conducted by Edinburgh-based Purpose HR & Coaching and recruiting Kate Avery in the role of Chief People Officer to create initiatives to promote opportunities for women working at Modulr.

Myles was recently appointed Deputy Chair for the Emerging Payments Association, where he acts as a mentor for the Project Regulator, led by Alison Donnelly.

Myles is an industry leader who deserves recognition for his contributions to the payments and financial services industry over the last 25 years.

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