Our judging panel consists of vetted fintech and payment industry experts who will evaluate the RemTECH Awards 2020 entries. We appreciate their commitment to furthering money transfer innovation by taking time out of their schedules to contribute.

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Luis Beneytez

Luis is the CEO and Founder of TKS. With over 18 years of experience working as an advisor of many Money transfers, he is a well know the financial sector

He manages different payments projects in Spain, Italy, Romania, Portugal, USA, Panama, Chile, and Ecuador, taking a great overview of the money transfer industry

Luis founded and finance Transfer Zero the first fintech registered at a Bank of Spain that digitalize all the money transfer process. In 2017 TransferZero was sold to Bitpesa

Now from TKS offer advice and IT solutions for the money transfers interested to digitalize

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Leon Isaacs

Leon has a deep knowledge of remittances and in particular, how they work; the development potential of them, regulatory issues across multiple markets; the existing product offerings in the market; the challenges and opportunities in send and receive markets as well as consumer needs. He is a partner and founder of Developing Markets Association (DMA) in London where he provides assistance to and deliver projects for a wide range of stakeholders interested in harnessing remittances for development. In this area DMA clients are predominately multilateral institutions, national development agencies, money services business and Diaspora organisations.

Prior to establishing DMA, he worked for 15 years at a senior level for a number of international money transfer companies including MoneyGram, Travelex, Thomas Cook and Coinstar. At these companies he was very involved in developing the strategic direction of the businesses and was responsible for new product development as well as outreach strategies for increasing market share.

Leon continually liaises with international regulators, donor agencies technology companies, consumers, and all stakeholders with an interest in the remittance market as well as a speaker at conferences such as the IMTC, the International Money Transfer Conferences.

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Yelena Reznikova

Yelena Reznikova is the Head of Banking Partnerships at a corporate credit card startup called Brex, which leverages next-gen technology to better underwrite credit risk for startup companies.
Prior to that, she served as the Director of Partnerships at financial data platform called Quovo, where she worked with financial institutions and regulators to define data access protocols and empower innovators to democratize finance by building consumer-friendly financial applications. After Quovo’s acquisition by Plaid in 2019, joined the Silicon Valley unicorn where she led Lending and Payment partnerships.  Plaid was subsequently acquired by VISA for $5.3B in 2020.
Yelena holds degrees in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She’s held roles at the intersection of policy and technology at the UN, in venture capital, and technology firms of various sizes.
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Nabil Kabbani

Nabil is the President and CEO of CieloPay, a CGH portfolio company and part of IMTC’s Advisory Board.

Nabil is a growth driver and a multi-disciplinary global leader with a career built on leveraging strategy, technology, and people to transform and scale businesses. He spent twelve years at Western Union. helping it grow to a multi-billion dollar public company working from various locations in the U.S., Beirut, Dubai, Paris, and Brussels.

He led a venture capitalist funded startup that grew through nine acquisitions to become a major player in the Fintech industry. He was the CEO of CommerceGate, a payment processing company in the e-commerce arena prior to joining ACT Holdings. He grew ACT from a $30MM student loan ARM company to an industry-leading $400MM+ diversified BPO. Lately, he was President of QLess, a disruptive SaaS technology startup, helping to scale the business, complete two fund raises, renegotiate venture debt, and double revenues.

Nabil is a U.S. citizen of Lebanese and Russian heritage, studied economics and holds an MBA in finance from the American University of Beirut.

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Patrice Kiiru

Patrice is the Group Associate Director of International Banking & Payments at Equity Bank, responsible for Diaspora Banking & Remittances, Cross-Border Transactions, Financial Institutions and Non-Presence Countries. Patrice oversees teams in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, DR Congo and Ethiopia. Equity Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in East and Central Africa with a customer base of over 14 million customers.

Patrice is a career banker with 16 years in the banking industry, and prior to moving to East Africa, Patrice worked in the US at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Vice President in the Commercial Banking and at Wells Fargo Bank in the Business Banking Group.  Patrice has a Bachelors in Organic Chemistry from Cal-Poly University and an MBA from University of California – Irvine.

Sandra Yao

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Sandra Yao

Sandra Yao is the SVP Africa for Thunes, responsible for leading the Africa region where she has played a key role in building key partnerships and business opportunities while strategically outlining smarter transfer solutions for cross border payments.
 

Previously, Sandra was the Director of New Business Development at The National Bank of Kenya, where she set up two departments for the bank: Chinese Business department,  Innovation & Digitization center;  where she managed to develop and offer business direction and a quick Market Penetration in Chinese business and create an environment to embrace innovation & digitization within the bank.

With 15 years of experience in the payment industry in Africa, Sandra continues to make a positive contribution to shape the industry into a more inclusive ecosystem.