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The Global Carrier Billing & Mobile Payments Summit returns to Amsterdam on the 17th and 18th September. The 2024 edition will see Informa Tech and the Mobile Ecosystem Forum join forces to deliver the world’s largest event dedicated to Direct Carrier Billing and Mobile Payments.

Representatives from Mobile Network Operators throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East will meet to share knowledge, showcase regional successes and tackle the challenges surrounding DCB and Mobile Payments in more than twenty markets. Payment service providers will provide invaluable localised insights while top-tier merchants will showcase exciting new products ranging from AR/VR gaming to streaming and education services. Additional topics covering payment- and cyber security, regulation, digital marketing and sustainable development means GCB&MPS is the meeting place for Mobile Network Operators looking to establish, grow or showcase their Carrier Billing- and Payments offering.

With limited attendance passes available for this new-and-exclusive event format, make sure you apply for your VIP pass or secure your Attendee Registration as soon as possible. Limited sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space is still available.

Highlights of Global Carrier Billing & Mobile Payments 2023

Global Carrier Billing & Mobile Payments 2023. Watch the highlights video to get a taste of what the mobile payment ecosystem got up to in Amsterdam. The 2023 iteration of the legacy summit redefined the mobile payments landscape, by bringing together industry leaders – operators, e-wallets mobile payment providers, streaming service providers and merchants to analyse the entire mobile payments universe, predict its future, and unlock its untapped potential.

Why Attend?

As consumers become more reliant on their mobile devices for various transactions, including purchases of digital goods, subscriptions, and in-app payments, there is a need for secure and user-friendly payment options. Carrier billing, which allows users to charge purchases to their mobile phone bills or prepaid balances, presents an attractive alternative to traditional payment methods like credit cards.

However, the market is still evolving, and there are various challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed (e. g. regulatory compliance, fraud prevention, user experience optimization, market expansion, synergies with emerging technologies). GCB&MPS brings together more than 180 industry professionals to share knowledge, lessons and insights needed to navigate and thrive in this exciting market.

For Mobile Network Operators

Revenue Generation


MNOs can benefit from understanding the opportunities and challenges in both carrier billing and e-wallets. By incorporating carrier billing, MNOs can offer their subscribers a seamless payment method, increasing the likelihood of purchases and generating revenue from digital goods, services, and subscriptions. Additionally, exploring e-wallets allows MNOs to diversify their revenue streams by providing their customers with alternative payment options beyond carrier billing, catering to different user preferences.

User engagement and retention


Carrier billing and e-wallets contribute to improved user engagement and retention for MNOs. By offering convenient and user-friendly payment options, MNOs can enhance the overall customer experience, increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. Attendees at the event can gain insights into best practices, case studies, and success stories that demonstrate how carrier billing and e-wallets have positively impacted user engagement and retention for MNOs in various markets.

Partnerships and collaboration


The event provides MNOs with opportunities to network and form partnerships with payment service providers, technology vendors, and other stakeholders in the carrier billing and e-wallet space. Collaborations with e-wallet providers can allow MNOs to integrate their services into popular digital wallets, expanding their reach and potential user base. Partnerships can also foster innovation and enable MNOs to stay at the forefront of the mobile payments industry.

Industry insights and trends


 The event offers MNOs valuable insights into the latest industry trends, market dynamics, and consumer preferences related to carrier billing and e-wallets. By staying informed about industry developments, MNOs can adapt their strategies, optimize their offerings, and seize emerging opportunities. Understanding the intersection between carrier billing and e-wallets allows MNOs to align their business objectives with the evolving needs of their customers and the wider mobile payments ecosystem.

Overall, the combined focus on carrier billing and e-wallets at the event empowers MNOs with the knowledge, tools, and connections needed to drive revenue growth, enhance user engagement, and establish strategic partnerships.

By leveraging these insights, MNOs can position themselves as key players in the mobile payments landscape and effectively navigate the evolving digital economy.

Previous Speakers

Martin Schurig

Head of Financial and Enabling Services at Telefonica Germany

Head of Financial and Enabling Services at Telefonica Germany

Heading the P&L Financial & Enabling Services at Telefonica Germany, Martin Schurig, together with his team, is enabling third parties to do business with the customer base of Germany’s largest mobile operator. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes A2P messaging products like SMS and RCS, carrier billing and app distribution services. In addition, he is taking care of the monetization of network APIs and anonymized customer data.

Martin is with Telefonica Germany since 2005 and held various positions in product management and business development in recent years. He was mainly responsible for the set-up of the financial and enabling services business unit of Telefonica Germany and led various initiatives in that area.

Richard Wheeler

Head of Android Growth & Monetisation- Google EMEA & Latin America at Google

Head of Android Growth & Monetisation- Google EMEA & Latin America at Google

Richard is the Global Head of Android Monetisation and Growth at Google. Focussed on scaling global initiatives that drive revenue for Android Ecosystem partners, in particular across carrier billing partnerships and device affordability programs. Richard was previously Head of Partnerships at Google Play and has held senior content positions at Telefonica UK, Virgin Media and France Telecom group.

Amelia Newsom-Davis

Director - Payment, Messaging and Identity at Orange France

Director – Payment, Messaging and Identity at Orange France

Amelia runs the B2B Division at Orange France in charge of business messaging, digital payments and digital identity services. Her role includes driving business development with a wide range of B2B partners spanning the financial services, communication and digital media industries.
Prior to joining Orange France, Amelia was in charge of API Business Development for Orange Group and focused in particular on the increasing the reach of the Orange Carrier Billing API launching services in over 20 subsidiaries in Europe and Africa.

Chadi Alid

General Manager Dizlee, Zain Group at Zain Group

General Manager Dizlee, Zain Group at Zain Group

Senior professional with more than 15 years’ successful record in developing long term strategies to drive innovation, customer experience and digital transformation.

Excellent adaptability to challenging markets with a cross-cultural & international business success – fluency in 4 languages

Specialties: Marketing, Business Planning, Strategy, Telecom, GSM, Mobile Financial Services, Products and Services Development, Product Management, Digital Strategy, Customer Experience.

Jason Masai

Interim Head of Digital Product at M-Pesa Africa

Interim Head of Digital Product at M-Pesa Africa

Digital leader with over 15 years experience in leading Product management, Business Strategy, execution, Digital product design, User Experience Design, Customer Experience, Product Innovation and Digital Transformation in Financial services, Telecoms and Fin-tech.

At M-Pesa Africa, a pioneering mobile money wallet and Africa’s number 1 Fintech, I am accountable for the Product Vision and road map for the M-Pesa #superapp providing Product leadership to Product Owners, Developers and local market teams across 4 Vodacom markets.

I am also responsible for working with local market teams to develop and execute go to market plans, conducting end user research to drive uptake and engagement. As a product person I also interface between customer needs discovery and engineering, ensuring that we build with a purpose and reason that resonates with how the market is evolving.

Competencies :
Digital Transformation I Product Design I Digital Innovation | Digital Marketing | Digital Financial Services | Customer Experience | Product Development | Market research I Customer Life Cycle Management I Product Management I Product Marketing | Payments I E-Commerce I Customer Value Proposition | Data Analysis I Scrum I SAfe | Agile Methodologies | Business Strategy & Execution | Change Management | Risk Management | Stakeholder Engagement | Tech Vendor Management I Business strategy I Design Thinking I B2B I B2C I Mobile Lending I CX I Partnerships I UX I Cross functional team leadership

Claudio Di Padova

Group Head API Monetization at Vodafone Germany

Group Head API Monetization at Vodafone Germany

David Umoh

Consumer Business Director at Vodafone Ghana

Consumer Business Director at Vodafone Ghana

Gaby Bosch

CEO at Content For Mobile

CEO at Content For Mobile

Gaby is an entrepreneur and has been active in VAS for 25 years. He is one of the most prominent voices advocating a new approach to the DCB industry, or DCB 2.0 as he calls it. CFM, his latest venture, are active in numerous countries, with direct connections to many of the largest operators in Europe. They establish relationships where transparency and control are key values, and build long-term, scalable, revenues for their partners. He is also an enthusiastic board member for the Dutch Code of Conduct Foundation, a self-regulatory body where he is the voice of all merchants.

To describe things, he will often use metaphors; keep an ear out for him saying the mobile industry is a lot like the Champions League!

Kieran Clare

Commercial Director at Content For Mobile

Commercial Director at Content For Mobile

As Commercial Director for CFM, Kieran leads the company’s strategic partnerships with both carriers and brands. In this role, he has overseen expansion of the companies partnerships to several operator groups and some of the world’s biggest brands.

He is a gaming and Esports fan, combining this passion with 10 years of DCB experience, whilst making CFM the go-to partner for carriers when it comes to gaming.

David Lotfi

CEO at Evina

CEO at Evina

While attending a telecommunications engineering university, David interned at a Parisian startup in the direct carrier billing services field. Within a few years, David became the CTO managing a team of 20 developers, while the company grew to 50 people and reached a turnover of 15 million euros.

In 2013, massive fraud patterns began to appear on the market, and in response, David developed a very successful anti-fraud solution.

Five years later, David bought full ownership of his anti-fraud solution, and with the help of his former employees, founded Evina.

Simone Trimarchi

E-Sport Manager at Cookies Digital

E-Sport Manager at Cookies Digital
Simone “AKirA” Trimarchi is an Electronic Engineer that managed to become the first Italian Starcraft champion in the history of the country and a veteran in the gaming community in Italy. Thanks to that tournament, which he won in 2001, he managed to establish a prominent role within the Italian esports scene.
He was the first journalist to cover the gaming movement from 2003 onwards (currently writing for Corriere dello Sport) the first caster, meaning a video game commentator in the country, and today he is serving as Esport Manager for Cookies Digital, esport solutions provider for telcos. Despite being 45 years old he is still competing in the online community on Twitch and Youtube and in his offline family against his two sons that are way better than him at every non-boomer videogames.

Martin O’Driscoll

Global Head of Product for Direct Carrier Billing at CKH Innovations Opportunities Development

Global Head of Product for Direct Carrier Billing at CKH Innovations Opportunities Development

Globally responsible for the Carrier Billing Product across all CK Hutchison group operators. 20 years experience in many business development and direct carrier billing roles with companies across all core elements of the ecosystem including OEM, App Store merchant, Integrator and now a Mobile Operator.

Patricia Peiró Hergueta

Chief Strategy Officer at Telecoming

Chief Strategy Officer at Telecoming

Telecoming’s Board member in charge of the short and long-term company’s strategy. She works on analysing trends and needs of the different markets where Telecoming operates and is responsible for coordinating corporate alliances. Patricia is passionate about the mobile economy, technology, and of course, innovation.

Kazi Hamidur Rahman

Head of Direct Operator Billing at Grameenphone Ltd

Head of Direct Operator Billing at Grameenphone Ltd

A dynamic & visionary leader highly capable to motivate and lead cross-functional teams towards the objectives. His expertise & experience in Roaming Industry is unrivaled in the local market. With a pleasant and winning personality, he has been able to build and maintain a huge professional network and is regarded as one of the key resources for Grameenphone Ltd. He is Passionate towards work, proactive, goal oriented & diplomatic in nature.

Anzelle Robertson

Program Director: DCB, Content & Advertising at MEF

Anzelle is a business development, regulatory and compliance expert specializing in direct carrier billing, mobile money, mobile content and digital advertising, and an Attorney of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa. Her career in Telecoms started in 2012 first as Legal- and Compliance Officer for Johannesburg based Oxygen8 Communications, a payment service provider, and later as Product Marketing Manager: Premium- and Subscription Services.  In 2016 she joined award-winning digital content provider, Sam Media, where she was appointed as Business Development Director: Africa, based in Amsterdam. Anzelle has served on the Board of the South African regulatory body for VAS and Mobile Payments, WASPA, and remains an active member of various industry organisations and regulators, championing the uptake of Direct Carrier Billing as go-to payment method for digital content.

Having joined the Mobile Ecosystem Forum in April 2024 as Program Director: DCB, Content & Advertising, Anzelle supports MEF members and related stakeholders ranging from MNO’s and regulators to merchants and payment gateways in the advancement and safeguarding of the industry. She heads up MEF’s stake in the strategic direction and delivery of the annual Global Carrier Billing Summit.

Agenda in Brief

  • 18:30 – 22:00 CFM VIP Event (On invitation only)

  • 20:00 – 22:30 MEF MEET-UP @ Sam Media

  • 08:30 – 09:30 Registration and Welcome breakfast

  • 09:30 – 17:00 Conference day 1

  • 17:30 – 21:00 Urban Beach Networking Event @ Strandzuid Amsterdam  Sponsored by CFM

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Networking Breakfast

  • 09:30 – 17:00 Conference day 2

  • 17:00 End of Event

Partners

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Panel and Lanyard Sponsor

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Venue

Hotel nhow Amsterdam RAI

Europaboulevard 2b,

1078 RV Amsterdam,

Netherlands

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MEF