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In The Boardroom With...

Mr. Sanjib Kalita
Chief Marketing Officer

Money 2020 

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Sanjib, and congratulations on the branding and traction you have achieved with Money20/20 . Before we discuss Money20/20 in greater detail, please tell us about your background.

Sanjib Kalita: Thank you and I’m honored for SecuritySolutionsWatch.com letting me and Money20/20 be part of this. I started off as a computer chip designer at Intel where I used to design graphics accelerators. It’s been 20 years since I was a hardcore technologist, but it’s still a major framework I use to evaluate things. I spent almost 10 years at Citi launching and running credit card portfolios. I’ve spent the last 7 years working on 3 startups which included 2 successful acquisitions. I’ve seen the payments industry evolve and become more tech-centric, so as a tech-minded professional, these are the most exciting times I’ve experienced in the industry.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Please give us a brief history and overview of Money20/20 and What's New For 2017.

Sanjib Kalita: Money20/20 was founded in 2012 by people running businesses in the payments industry who realized that companies, both large and small as well as across industries, were getting into payments and financial services with disruptive technologies, business models and value propositions. There wasn’t a single event that met the needs of where the industry was heading so we decided to build it.

After we created a unifying event for the community in North America, we realized that other geographies could use the catalytic and unifying energy of Money20/20.  In 2016, we launched Money20/20 Europe in Copenhagen. In 2018, Money20/20 Europe will move to Amsterdam and we’ll launch Money20/20 Asia in Singapore in March.

Our 2017 agenda will continue to address the most pressing issues from the industry and highlight some of the most interesting speakers and companies from across the globe. The 2017 exhibit hall will be an ideal place to meet companies and begin conversations regardless of whether you’re a global giant or a scrappy startup. If you’re working on defining or delivering the future of the industry, I would recommend attending the show this year.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:  Security threats and cyber breaches are, unfortunately, in the headlines almost every day now. Please tell us about the upcoming 2017 Agenda Themes.

Sanjib Kalita: Security is front and center in the payments and financial services industry. Without it, there is no industry. The proliferation of new businesses as well as existing businesses trying to engage customers with new channels has dramatically expanded security threats and opportunities for cyber breaches. To keep pace with these changes, we will have a dedicated track focused on security, that includes eight sessions, and covers a range of security topics like fraud, tokenization, biometrics and identity. Beyond the Security track, will have several themes that include vertical views of sectors like Banking, Lending, Payments, and Commerce. We will also have several themes that are horizontal views of technologies and trends like Regulation, Blockchain, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: The List of 2017 Speakers is truly impressive. Care to elaborate?

Sanjib Kalita: We will have over 400 speakers this year, which I believe is the largest speaker roster in the industry. We’ve got over 200 new speakers who weren’t on the agenda last year.  One of these is a keynote speaker, Bridget Van Kralingen, SVP Global Platforms from IBM, who’ll be talking about how AI and Blockchain can increase security and decrease risk for banking and financial services. Also speaking on the keynote stage for the first time will be Dr. Injong Rhee, CTO & EVP of Software and Services from the Mobile Communications Business of Samsung, who is the mind behind Samsung Knox, Samsung Pay and the new virtual assistant, Bixby. We’ll have speakers from the card networks, major technology companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, from Banks like Chase and Bank of America, as well as many innovative startups that you might not have heard of before. The agenda is truly unique because it brings so many different voices to a single event.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thanks again for joining us today, Sanjib. Are there any other subjects you would like to discuss?

Sanjib Kalita:Payments and financial services are such a large part of the economy and include some of the most sensitive data and aspects of our lives. In order to build a better future, I do think it’s important that our industry engages with leading minds from security and is able to incorporate proactive solutions to protect our data. To that end, I do hope that the Security Solutions Watch community engages with the Money20/20 community.

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