Below you will find a listing of conferences in the area of innovative payments and regulation that the EMA sponsors or supports.

Meet Thaer Sabri, the EMA CEO at Money 20/20 Europe

Money 20/20 Europe, held between 4-7 April 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Don’t miss the chance to meet there Dr Thaer Sabri, the EMA CEO! He will be representing the Electronic Money Association (EMA) in a panel on innovative payments in a complex regulatory environment.


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EMA conference 2015: EU and global payments regulation

The Electronic Money Association (EMA) held its 5th EMA conference in Brussels on 20-21 October 2015 at the Metropole Hotel. The conference explored issues raised by the new legislation in the EEA.

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New legislation impacting payment services in the EEA has raised as many questions as it has addressed. This includes the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD), the Fund Transfer Regulation (FTR), the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), and the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR).

The EMA conference 2015 took a close look at the issues that have not yet been resolved or which will now be considered by the European Banking Authority as they draft technical standards or guidelines. The conference did focus on other provisions that open up new areas for business, or conversely that have the potential of creating barriers for business.

The conference also took a broader look at regulatory developments in the payments space across the globe, as well as at the regulation of new and emerging payment technologies such as digital currencies.

Speakers included Dr Taiji Inui from the NTT DATA Corporation in Japan, Dr Mehmet Yurkcicek from the Turkish banking and regulation supervision agency, and Wolfgang Maschek, head of EU regulatory and public affairs at Western Union, among many others.

A printable version of the conference programme can be downloaded as a .pdf file (2.85 MB)

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Money 2020 Las Vegas

Money20/20 is the largest global event enabling payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology. With 10,000+ attendees, including more than 1,000 CEOs, from over 3,000 companies and 75 countries, expected at its 2015 U.S. event, Money20/20 is critical to realising the vision of disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage, spend and borrow money. The next Money20/20 will be held in Las Vegas, October 25-28, 2015, followed by Money20/20 Europe in Spring 2016.

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October 25-28, 2015


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The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV



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Thaer Sabri at 3rd Annual Mobile Wallet 2015



Thaer Sabri, the EMA CEO was representing the EMA moderating the panel, discussing the role of regulatory bodies in the introduction & growth of mobile wallet solutions.

Event: 3rd Annual Mobile Wallet 2015
Date: 18-21 August 2015
Location: Jakarta | Indonesia

Event Description: Focusing on the latest initiatives for mobile wallets and insights on consumer and retailer’s adoption & awareness, the 3rd Annual Mobile Wallet conference has addressed the key factors in implementing a successful business model and players’ collaboration to accelerate scale and adoption in mobile wallets in Asia, with a special focus this year on Indonesia’s market. The conference not only provided a single platform for market trends, insights and networking opportunities, it has convened international and regional key players to exchange ideas on innovative approaches driving mobile wallet initiatives in Asia.

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Thaer Sabri was a speaker at 2nd International Conference on E-money, Cards and Payments, Budapest, Hungary

Thaer Sabri, the EMA CEO did represent the EMA at the 2nd International Conference on E-money, Cards and Payments held in Budapest, Hungary between 8 – 9 June 2015, in Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget.

Thaer spoke about evolution of alternative payments, E-payments laws and Risk and compliance as part of Payments regulatory review.

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Thaer Sabri was a speaker at the Russian Retail Banking Forum 2015


 Dr Thaer Sabri, EMA CEO was representing the EMA in a debate about the impact of new market entrants.

Subject: Retail banking leaders met again at the 13th annual Adam Smith Conferences’ Forum. 

Now more than ever it is important to gather and brainstorm the how and what to do in the current economic situation.

  • How are banks’ strategies changing, and how have they changed already due to geopolitics, sanctions and the economic uncertainty?
  • Which client segments will grow? and Which product has the most potential?
  • How to cut costs but at the same time build the life-long partnerships with clients and their families?
  • What new cost-cutting solutions must banks implement to remain profitable and to resist external macroeconomic shocks?
  • How to build life-long partnerships with clients and their families?

These were the questions on top of Russian Retail Banking Forums’ agenda.

Dr Thaer Sabri, the EMA Chief Executive was a speaker at the Russian Retail Banking Forum and did present the hot topic: “EU model of evolving industry and regulation – which key provisions have enabled business and changed the landscape?”



  • ROUNDTABLES with the industry leaders join the leading bank CEOs at a roundtable in the audience and learn how they are adapting to crisis environment, maintaining revenue growth and growing customer base
  • NEW TOPIC Business Optimisation Summit Learn how to introduce a retail division with the aim of optimising the entire business
  • HOT TOPIC: Digital strategy of the bank. On stage discussion with most popular on-line banks in Russia including Svyatoslav Ostrovskiy, Director, Bank XXI, Sberbank

Last year the Forum was attended by 250+ executives from:
ACI Worldwide CIS ● Alfa Bank ● Absolut Bank ● Alico ● Bank of Moscow ● BelGazPromBank ● Companion ● Credit Europe Bank ● Delta Bank ● Equifax Credit Services ● Eurogiro ● Gazprombank ● Google Ireland Ltd ● Home Credit & Finance Bank ● Investtorgbank ● KIT Finance Investment Bank ● MTS Bank ● Petrocommerce Bank ● Perm Financial & Investment Group ● Promsvayzbank ● Rosbank ● Rossgosstrakh ● Saint Petersburg Bank ● Sberbank ● Sovcombank ● Svyaz Bank ● Temirbank ● Toyota Bank ● UBRD ● Universal Electronic Card ● Uraltransbank ●  VISA Payment Systems ● Vostochny Express Bank ● VTB24 ● Wallet One ● Western Union ● Zapadny Bank ● Zenit Bank


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