Presenter Bios

Barna Barnabas, Deputy General Manager | Marketing Director
Barna Barabas, Deputy General Manager & Marketing Director | Jura

Barna graduated at the University of Szeged (Hungary) in 1996 and obtained an MBA diploma from University of Pecs (Hungary) in 2004. He had already a background in printing when he joined JURA in 1996. During his years with Jura, Barna worked with many high security and government printers, conducted many training courses and consulted to the design of security documents. In the recent years he gave several presentations at various high security conferences on Jura's new developments, including the importance of prepress in security printing, new aspects of security designs for offset printing, and new possibilities by intaglio printing.

John Gyamfi, Currency Director | Bank of Ghana
John Gyamfi, Currency Director | Bank of Ghana

John Gyamfi has over 23 years of working experience in several departments in the Bank of Ghana, namely - Treasury, Banking Supervision, External Financial Relations, Secretary’s and Research Departments. In June 2015, John was made the Regional Manager of the Bank’s Branch Office in Sunyani. He was appointed Head of the Currency Management Department in June 2016 with oversight responsibility for Currency Operations in the Bank. John holds a BA (Hons) Degree from the University of Ghana and an MA Degree, also in Economics, from Simon Fraser University in (Burnaby) Vancouver, Canada. He has attended a number of technical and executive international programs. He has served on the Bank of Ghana’s Editorial and Functional Literacy Committees and is presently a member of the Bank’s Disciplinary and Budget Committees

Luc Dorget, Head of Sales Europe - Middle East | Cash Processing Solutions Limited
Luc Dorget, Head of Sales Europe - Middle East | Cash Processing Solutions Limited

Luc Dorget has been working in the cash processing industry for more than 30 years in a variety of different positions and different regions. His roles have ranged from implementation of sorting solutions in France to Head of Sales for Europe – Middle East.

Today Luc is responsible for the sale of end to end cash processing solutions in Europe (including French speaking Africa) and Middle East where he brings all his experience and knowledge to deliver unique and efficient solutions to his customers.

Jens Eberhardt, Founder and Managing Partner | Cash InfraPro
Jens Eberhardt, Founder and Managing Partner | Cash InfraPro

Jens Eberhardt is founder and Managing Partner of Cash InfraPro. He has 25 years of experience in managing and leading of multi-disciplinary restructuring and outsourcing programs worldwide. His advanced experience in logistics, automation and robotics, IT systems and software allow him to transfer state of the art technology into the cash industry with high value for the international customers from Central banks, CiTs and cash centre operators to commercial banks and retailers.

Denis Habumugsha, Director Currency | National Bank of Rwanda
Denis Habumugsha, Director Currency | National Bank of Rwanda

Mr. Denis is the Director of Currency and Banking Operations at the National Bank of Rwanda. He received his Master’s degree at Oklahoma Christian University in Business Administration. Prior to that Denis also got a certified banker certificate from Access School of excellence in Nigeria Lagos. His career was more led with aspiration of contribution to the financial sector and the country’s economy in general. He previously worked in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Rwanda as Director and Treasury adviser to the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury, later on he was employed by the National Bank of Rwanda as the Director of Risk Management and Compliance. His multi skills ability has contributed in many achievements such as being key advisor and negotiator of Government strategic contracts and served as key technical advisor in Government strategic events such as World Economic Forum, African Development Bank Annual Meetings and many more.

Antti Heinonen, ECB Adviser | ECB
Antti Heinonen, Chairman | Banknote Ethics Initiatives & Adviser | European Central Bank

Antti Heinonen has been the Chairman of the Banknote Ethics Initiative since its inception in 2013. He was the chairman of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group, reporting to G10 Governors, between 2008 and 2012 and the Director, Banknotes at the European Central Bank (ECB) from 1998 until 2008. He chaired the Banknote Committee of the European System of Central Banks for more than 10 years and the Eurosystem Cash Changeover Co-ordination Committee, which had the overall responsibility for the co-ordination of the euro cash changeover in 2002. Prior to joining the ECB he was the chief cashier for the Bank of Finland. He holds degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Helsinki and has written several books on banknotes and their history.

Friday Imoulamen, Head of Cash Management | Stanbic Bank
Friday Imoulamen, Head of Cash Management | Stanbic Bank

Friday Imoluamen is the Head of cash management for Stanbic IBTC Bank in Nigeria with over 25 years the Banking experience in various departments. He is responsible for Stanbic IBTC ATM cash availability by 98.5%. He introduced regional cash hub for effective management of cash.

Nana Koberidze, Head of Cash Circulation and Production Division | National Bank of Georgia (NBG)
Nana Koberidze, Head of Cash Circulation and Production Division | National Bank of Georgia (NBG)

Nana Koberidze has worked as a Head of Cash Circulation and Currency Production Division at the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) since 2010. In her current role, she is responsible for strategic management issues in banknote and coin production and handling as well as the legal framework and stakeholder management of the Georgian cash cycle. In addition to this, she is also actively involved in the decision-making process when selecting suitable designs for circulation/commemorative /collector banknotes/coins projects. Prior to working at the NBG, Nana had a wide range of working experience in commercial banks and insurance companies in operational, sales and management roles.

Levent Kocabiyik, Director, Business Development & Customer Services | Bantas
Levent Kocabiyik, Director, Business Development & Customer Services | Bantas

Mr. Kocabiyik joined the company (BANTAS) in 2012. Prior to his current position, he has held managerial roles in various departments. Until his retirement from public service in 2012, he was the IT Department Head of the Turkish Naval Forces. Mr.Kocabiyik earned his Bachelor's degrees in International Relations from the Turkish Naval Academy (1985) and in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan (1991); Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1992), and in Business Information Management from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2005) in Belgium. He was born in Turkey, and resides in Istanbul.

Simon Lake, Sales Director | The Royal Mint
Simon Lake, Sales Director | The Royal Mint

Simon Lake has worked at The Royal Mint for over 33 years. He has extensive experience working with issuing authorities around the world, particularly in Africa. He works closely with his team to drive coinage change, and he has been instrumental in helping more than 30 countries switch from homogeneous materials to plated-steel coins, with customers making significant cost savings as a result. Together with The Royal Mint’s team of experts across all elements of coin production, and partners in vending and coin sorting industries, Simon helps central banks and mints to choose coinage materials that meet the demands of their budget holders, commercial banks and general public.

Diane Maurice, Adviser | CB Tunisia
Diane Maurice, Adviser | Central Bank of Tunisia

Diane R. Maurice is a central bank technical expert with over 25 years’ experience for both the US Federal Reserve Bank as a banking supervisor and as an international investment banker in New York, San Francisco and London. After three years as residence advisor in a North African Central Bank working on a range of risk management and macroprudential topics including information security and anti-money laundering. Ms. Maurice advises other Central Banks in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In addition, Ms. Maurice is working on technological improvement concepts related to financial technology; anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing as well as risk management of information security and cyber security, and cyber crime.

Ms. Maurice has two advanced degrees including a Master’s from the London School of Economics where she worked towards a PhD on international regulations for banks and non-bank processes. Her most recent publications (November 2016 and March 2018) address financial technology “fintech” trends and strategic risk management. Ms. Maurice is a frequent speaker at technology, operational risk management and financial innovations at professional conferences and universities in the US, Europe, and North Africa. Please refer to LinkedIn Profile. Her recent conference for Currency and Blockchain were in Ghana in the Spring/Fall 2019. She holds a 2019 COBIT (Control/Audit certificate from ISACA).

Two recent publications for Risk Books address financial technology, cyber-crimes and blockchain challenges. A third book is in process.

Bernd Paulussen, Executive Director | Cash Consult ME
Bernd Paulussen, Executive Director | Cash Consult ME

Bernd Paulussen holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Middle Eastern Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany. In 1997 he joined Giesecke+Devrient as Regional Sales Director in the banknote printing division with a focus on African and Middle Eastern Central Bank customers. He moved to Dubai in 2000, where he joined the Currency Management Solutions Division of G+D and was overseeing the sales activities in the Middle East and Africa until 2018. In January 2019 he founded his own company ‘Cash Consult Middle East FZ LLE’ in Dubai and is now working as a consultant for the cash industry.

Jens Seidl, VP Consulting | Currency Research
Jens Seidl, Vice President, Consulting | Currency Research

Jens has been in the industry for nearly 30 years with senior management roles in sales and marketing, operations, customer service, business development, and general management. During his time with both Thomas Cook and Travelex, he developed complex outsourcing propositions, building turnkey end-to-end solutions including client front-end systems, efficient fulfilment options, accurate interfacing with back office systems, and the provision of timely reporting.

During his career, Jens managed up to 18 global cash centers simultaneously and led a global wholesale banknotes business. He has significant experience in building and modernizing cash centers, running extensive transformation programs, and introducing new automation solutions, best demonstrated through his pivotal role in the Taxidia project. Jens led a number of major change programs throughout the years and managed teams of up to 450 people across five continents, generating revenues of several tens of millions of pounds.

In its role as a knowledge-based services company, CR is in a unique position to offer consulting services to the cash industry. Jens’ depth of experience in developing tailored solutions for banks and financial services companies makes him a valuable addition to the CR team and enhances CR’s ever-increasing portfolio of proprietary research reports, market intelligence, and consulting work.

Shabib Shabibi, Currency Director | Central Bank of Oman
Shabib Shabibi, Currency Director | Central Bank of Oman

Graduated from University of Salford (UK) 1998 BSc Honors Financial Accounting. Joined CBO and the Currency Management department on the same year. Started at the printing and minting unit and gradually developed the carrier until becoming the Manager of CMD on 2016. After taking on the management of the department the main objective was to promote and execute the clean banknote policy.

Angela Smith, Director of Wholesale Banknotes | Travelex
Angela Smith, Director of Wholesale Banknotes | Travelex

With over 30 years’ experience in the Banknoteindustry. Angela has significant financial sector experience and has operated across multiple areas of the Banknote sector including vault management, business development and business excellence, driving best practice across Travelex globally before taking on the Director of Wholesale Banknotes role, with specific managerial responsibility for developing high performing teams and managing client relationships globally for the dealing teams covering EMEA and North America. Angela has a proven track record in delivering profitability in challenging markets and managing high profile clients including Commercial and Central Banks.

Ferenc Szelenyi, Managing Director / Group Vice President, MEA | G+D Currency Technology
Ferenc Szelenyi, Managing Director / Group Vice President, MEA | G+D Currency Technology

Ferenc Szelenyi launched his career in 1989 at IBM, where he was most recently Director of Electronic Commerce Solutions EMEA. Following a subsequent role as CEO of KarstadtQuelle New Media AG, he became a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This was followed by management positions as CEO at T-Systems Italia Spa and Morningstar Developments Ltd. in the UK, as well as Managing Director EMEA at Perot Systems. Prior to his move to G+D last October 2015 as Managing Director of G+D Currency Technology MEA Region, Mr. Szelenyi worked as an independent consultant, a managing director and a board member of Payment Company AG.

Mark Trevor, Commercial Director | Vaultex UK
Mark Trevor, Commercial Director | Vaultex UK

Mark Trevor has spent seven years as the Commercial Director at Vaultex, where he has been at the heart of developing a portfolio of end-to-end cash management products and services. These include ongoing Managed Service contracts for leading UK banks; a proprietary online cash portal; and a consultancy service that has helped international commercial and central banks optimise their cash supply chains.

Prior to Vaultex, Mark held a number of senior commercial and operational roles within large international businesses, including Arthur J Gallagher International, Hiscox plc and Hyperion Insurance Group. His early career was spent in various leadership roles within the Royal Navy.