Peter Bladin
Director, Grameen Technology Center & Vice President
Grameen Foundation

Peter Bladin is the founding Director of the Grameen Technology Center and a Vice President at Grameen Foundation. At the Technology Center, Peter leads the microfinance industry in driving relevant and appropriate technology innovation. He and his team are leading experts in ICT for development and work closely with technology companies to create business models that benefit people living at the "bottom of the pyramid". Mifos is an industry-wide initiative to address the microfinance industry's information management challenge through a freely available world-class management information system. Village Technology manages initiatives that give rural poor access to technology through microfinance, including the award winning Village Phone program (a replication of the successful GrameenPhone in Bangladesh), Village Phone Direct, Mobile Banking, and the Application Laboratory, a program that builds on the Village Phone platform.

Peter was a founding member of the MTN-Village Phone board, the first public-private partnership to extend telecommunications access to the rural poor. He is also a frequent speaker at international telecommunication and microfinance conferences, such as the Financial Times World Telecom Conference in November 2007 and Telecom World in Asia 2006. He is an Executive Board Member of the International Telecommunications Union Connect the World initiative.

Peter has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He is a member of the Investment Council at Global Partnerships, and is also actively involved with various Seattle-based non-profits including NPower and Social Venture Partners.

Douglas Dolton
Global CEO

Douglas Dolton is a successful, experienced financial services executive.

He is the Global CEO of Zopa, the world's first social finance operation. In this role, he is responsible for managing the award-winning UK, US and Italian operations and launching Zopa's innovative offering in other markets (currently working on Japan and other Asian countries). Previously, he was the CEO of Chela Education Financing, a $3 billion San Francisco based originator and servicer of student loans. Under his direction, Chela became one of the fastest growing student loan companies in the nation, with innovative marketing and sales initiatives relying on its proprietary servicing and origination operation. Previous to his role at Chela, he was CEO of Servus Financial Corporation, located in Herndon, Virginia. There, he grew Servus from a start-up into a multi-billion dollar originator and servicer of high quality unsecured consumer loans with clients like Apple, Microsoft, BankOne, SunTrust and Wells Fargo Bank. At Servus, he developed an industry-leading sophisticated credit decisioning system that enabled consumer credit decisions to be made in seconds and disbursed loans in an efficient automated process. At Chela and Servus, he managed high-quality loan portfolios using sophisticated financial structures relying on both public and institutional financings. He successfully negotiated and executed the sale of both Chela and Servus to industry leading financial services companies.

He previously served as a senior executive for two Washington, DC area banks and a financial services consulting company, where he focused on a operational and information technology improvements and the development of successful marketing and sales plans. He began his career in branch operations in banking in Northern Virginia.

He has lived internationally, residing in Belgium, Japan and the Netherlands, and currently resides in Mill Valley, California, 7 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Michael Lindsey
Senior Vice President Retail Banking Division

Michael Lindsey is senior vice president and head of the Retail Management Division for BancorpSouth, a bank holding company headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi with approximately $13.2 billion in assets. BancorpSouth operates banking, mortgage, insurance, and financial service offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana.

Mr. Lindsey is responsible for the development and support of electronic payments, internet banking, mobile banking, and the customer contact center. Mr. Lindsey is chairman of the BancorpSouth Payment Strategies Committee. Mr. Lindsey is also responsible for corporate marketing, overall product development, and the sales incentive process.

Mr. Lindsey joined BancorpSouth in 1989 in Information Services, where he had responsibilities for migration of core banking software, development of branch automation software, wire transfer, corporate help desk, and conversion of bank acquisitions. Mr. Lindsey assumed his current position in June 2008.

Recently, Mr. Lindsey was named as one of the Bank Systems &Technology's Most Innovative CIOs of 2007 and one of Mississippi Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

Mr. Lindsey received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Douglas McKibben
Research Vice President, Banking

Douglas McKibben is a research vice president with Gartner's Financial Services team, focusing on wholesale banking, enterprise risk management and treasury and cash management services, including payments and financial supply chain integration.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. McKibben served as senior manager/principal consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Treasury Consulting Practice, specializing in ERP solutions and FAS 133. Before that, Mr. McKibben spent five years at Credit Lyonnais, directing the integration of bank technology with business unit initiatives, and creating information management solutions. In his 11 years at Citibank/Citicorp, he had various assignments including managing consultant in Global Cash Management, corporate relationship manager in the World Corporate Group and director of several information product initiatives. He also has four years of "hands-on" corporate experience as a senior analyst while serving on General Motors' New York Treasury staff.

Lindsay Soergel
SVP, Channel Technologies Enterprise Information Systems
SunTrust Bank

Lindsay Soergel is the Senior Vice President for Channel Technology Delivery and Manager of the Enterprise Web Solutions Center at SunTrust Banks. A passionate spokesperson for cross-channel business enablement, Lindsay is accountable for driving the enterprise e-Business strategy, technology delivery, and user experience design that extends and enhances SunTrust's reach across its customer touch-points. She has recently overseen the deployment of a new mobile banking strategy at SunTrust. Prior to joining SunTrust in September 2006, Lindsay led the Web Center of Excellence at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, where she managed all Web site properties and online & mobile banking initiatives. During the late 1990s, Lindsay was a founding member of Signal Internet Technologies, Inc., an early innovator in Web-based and mobile business-to-business supply chain management systems. And, while at Westinghouse Electric Corporation during the early 1990s, she was accountable for the design and delivery of Web-based training and technical documentation for Department of Defense clients.

Ms. Soergel has 19 years of experience in professional services management, e-Business information systems, customer relationship management, training & documentation design, and contract negotiation within the financial services and manufacturing industries. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Tescher
The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)

Jennifer Tescher is the Director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), launched in 2004 to bring together diverse members of the financial services industry to develop, test, and implement new ways of building long-term, profitable relationships with underbanked consumers. The Center is a non-profit affiliate of ShoreBank Corporation, the nation's leading community development bank holding company. Ms. Tescher has been part of the ShoreBank family since 1996 in a variety of capacities, focused primarily on the development and implementation of new financial products and services.

Ms. Tescher has guided CFSI since its inception, and has already achieved notable success in raising the profile of unbanked access and asset-building as an objective for the industry. She has become a nationally known expert on this topic, with a monthly column in American Banker, frequent interviews and articles in the financial services press, and major speaking engagements at a broad spectrum of industry events.

Ms. Tescher serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Center for Economic Progress as well as the Credit Builders Alliance. She is actively engaged in discussions around asset building at both the state and federal levels and is a member of Bank of America's National Community Advisory Council. A recipient of the Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40" Award for 2006, Ms. Tescher received undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and a public policy degree from the University of Chicago.

Margaret Weichert
e-commerce/ATM Business Development and Planning Executive
Bank of America

Margaret Weichert serves as the eCommerce/ATM Business Development and Planning executive. In this role, she leads the development of the eCommerce/ATM 3-year business plan incorporating people, process, technology, products and services that integrates with GTS/GCIB and GWIM. In addition, she is responsible for innovation, business research and business development including strategic alliances, partnerships, and joint ventures across eCommerce/ATM.

Weichert joined Bank of America in 2004 as Payments Strategy executive. She most recently served as Strategy Innovation and Payments executive in GCSBB's Consumer Sales, Service and Execution leading the company's enterprise-wide payments strategy. Weichert led the company's payment industry participation, with organizations including Visa, MasterCard, Viewpointe and the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) and also led the enterprise Executive Payments Council.

Before joining Bank of America, Weichert spent more than five years as an internet entrepreneur and general manager of internet products and services. She has more than a decade of management experience including work in energy consulting, product development, marketing, business development and finance. Weichert founded Achex, Inc., an Internet payments company that later was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2001. Following the Achex acquisition, Weichert stayed on to run First Data's Merchant Internet Services Group. A proven innovator in payments, Weichert has been granted two U.S. Patents and is an inventor on 11 pending U.S. and international patent filings in the payments arena. Before founding Achex, Weichert was a financial services strategist at Accenture Consulting.

Weichert received a master's of business administration in finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, a postgraduate diploma in economics from Sussex University in England, and a bachelor's degree in international relations from Georgetown University. Weichert also participated in the Oxford International Oil Trading Programme training course.

Maria Bruno-Britz
Senior Editor
Bank Systems & Technology

As senior editor for Bank Systems & Technology, Maria is responsible for writing major features and news pieces on a wide array of banking technology topics, from payments to IT budgeting. She is also the editor of BS&T's weekly online newsletter. Maria has been with the magazine since April 2005. Previously she was editor-in-chief of a small, regional business newspaper based in central Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she held the position of managing editor with another banking technology publication for 2 years. In addition to her banking experience, Maria has also written for accounting and insurance industry magazines.

Katherine Burger
Editorial Director
Bank Systems & Technology

Katherine Burger is Editorial Director of Bank Systems & Technology and Insurance & Technology, members of the Business Technology Group of TechWeb. She assumed leadership of Bank Systems & Technology in 2003 and of Insurance & Technology in 1991.

In addition to directing the editorial strategy of both brands, Kathy is charged with the creation and development of new products, editorial supplements, special publications and live and online events including BS&T's Executive Summit, I&T's Executive Summit , Webcasts, live custom events and Peer Group roundtables.

Kathy is a frequent speaker/moderator at financial services industry conferences, and also has presented at a number of technology company user group and sales force events, as well as numerous Webcasts sponsored by industry leaders.

During Kathy's 26-year publishing career, in addition to financial services technology, she also has covered the real estate and retailing industries. She is a graduate of Carleton College.

Orla O'Sullivan
Senior Editor
Bank Systems & Technology

Orla O'Sullivan covered business for consumer and trade media on either side of the Atlantic before recently joining Bank Systems & Technology as senior editor. The New York Times is one of numerous titles in which she has been published in the U.S., while in her native Ireland she recently served as personal finance editor of the top daily newspaper the Irish Independent and radio correspondent to the national PBS, RTE.

She was editor in chief of Bank Technology News, and a web and book editor during her eight years at Thomson (Source One). She has been a longtime contributor to the American Banker's Association' monthly ABA Banking Journal.

Technology, the mortgage business, and financial marketing are areas of specialization.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Dublin and several vocational qualifications. She speaks a few languages.

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