Our team2018-06-04T14:46:32+00:00

OUR TEAM

Mansour Aaron Karimzadeh
Mansour Aaron KarimzadehCEO & Program Director
Mansour Aaron Karimzadeh applies nearly 25 years of experience to his leadership role. His background includes payment and transaction processing systems in the financial industry, an in-depth understanding of how to create new businesses and drive demand for emerging products and technologies. He has been instrumental in implementing many large card and payment processing projects worldwide specializing in smart cards, EMV and mobile payment systems – including projects in the UK, Canada, USA, Latin America, Middle East and Australia. He served as a Board member of Global Platform and Chair of its Marketing Center. He previously managed a smart card consultancy and software company that was acquired by ACI Worldwide. At ACI he served as VP of Operations and Director of Smart Cards Unit. Mansour has also been involved in the smart card based healthcare technology in the USA. He was elected to the EMV Migration Forum (US Payments Forum) Steering Committee. He also chairs its Communications and Educations Committee and member of its Debit, Mobile, Transit Committees.
Stewart Chalmers
Stewart ChalmersExecutive Director & CMO
With its exclusive focus on the payments industry, Chalmers leads a team of editors committed to timely and comprehensive coverage of the rapidly changing payments business. Reliable, accurate and up-to-date news and data from a source with more than 20 years’ experience covering the payments industry. Detailed information on industry, products, trends and insight into new products, markets and users of payments technologies. A veteran technology editor, Chalmers has 20 years of experience covering the technology sectors with emphasis on new payments technologies and industries. To submit a press release or article story e-mail stew@emvacademy.com
Ennio Ponzetto
Ennio PonzettoPayment Advisor
Based in Italy, Ennio Ponzetto serves as our EU EMV – Consultant for Secure Payments Academy. Ennio has more than 30 years of experience managing leading payments technology companies in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining TAS Ennio was CEO of eCommlink, a leading US Prepaid Processor. Throughout his executive career, Mr. Ponzetto has directed the R&D, sales & marketing, and engineering efforts of numerous successful high tech companies. He was President of the Olivetti Advanced Technology Center in Cupertino, General Manger of I.C.S., developer of Olivetti Personal Computers and Servers, and of Compuprint-CPG International. As Managing Director and General Manager, he played a critical role in the strategic focusing of these companies’ technological vision to maximize revenue and expand market share.
Jan Dart
Jan DartPrincipal Consultant
Jan Dart has extensive experience covering payments architectures and processing experience. Payment products & services, business development, mobile banking payments strategy, business & product development, managing major projects deployments. He is an expert in NFC and mobile services and runs the consultancy practice in payments, smartcards and mobile payments.
Sam Boutros
Sam BoutrosPrincipal Consultant
Payment industry subject matter expert who understands the ecosystem and customer life cycle for issuers to acquirers and is proficient in all low value and bank to bank payment processing technology that covers authorization through to clearing and settlement; recent specializations and work includes: switching, EMV smart cards and mobile payment solutions deployment. Fluent in English, French, and Arabic.
David Cole
David ColePrincipal Consultant
Based in the UK office, David Cole has over twenty five years’ experience in cards, computing and management services. He has excellent knowledge of applications in the credit, debit, loyalty and payment card industry. Over the last fifteen years he has been involved heavily in the emergence of smartcards and the EMV standards. His areas of expertise include project management, strategic technical and business investigation, business studies, fraud investigation, company investigations, marketing plans, business and financial plan preparation, market surveys, on-going technical review of Card and EFT systems, training and team management. David provides a wealth of experience that he has acquired from delivering courses, seminars and workshops all over the world.
Kathy Lawton
Kathy LawtonEMV Training and Migration Consultant
Kathy Lawton has over 15 years experience in the electronic payment business. During her 12+ years experience as a Senior Vice President at JPMorganChase, she led the design and implementation of many electronic payment systems fully-integrated into the retail bank. Major accomplishments include the first fully integrated Mondex smart card system, debit card systems, and online banking applications.
Lindsay Robertson
Lindsay RobertsonCustomer EMV Training and Migration Consultant
Lindsay Robertson is a CxO level advisor specializing in (smart) cards and payments across the financial services and public sectors. Previously with PA Consulting, he advised the Department for Transport in the UK on the implementation of a nationally interoperable ticketing strategy, and delivered the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. He has also worked with the Home Office on the UK’s Identity Card Program. Previously Lindsay worked in the financial services industry, in banks and for related suppliers, in a range of roles. Lindsay has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.