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Innovation in Payments: the role of payments associations to foster innovation in Europe

For decades, banks controlled the payments industry. The rise of fintech and pressure from regulators changed this status quo, and new regulations like PSD2 reopened the payments market.

Nevertheless, only a few non-bank payments providers prove successful. While banks are well represented to defend their interests on a national and European level, this is a lot harder for young, creative start-ups.

PayBelgium framed it well on their website: "The landscape is changing quickly, but we should avoid the temptation to regulate this space with a one-size-fits-all approach. This will only lead to replicating the bank model across the industry. A cookie-cutter approach will end up creating more of the same, stifling innovation altogether."

In this session, we'll investigate why organisations like PayBelgium and Emerging Payments Association Europe are so essential to make a voice against the interest of incumbent players and to foster innovation in payments on a European level.


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Thibault de Barsy was formerly CEO of Keytrade Bank Luxembourg for 5 years and has over 20 years of experience in the financial and ICT sector. Thibault is a guest lecturer at the University of Luxembourg on “Managing Financial Brands in the Digital Era” and at the Solvay Brussels of Economics and Management. Since October 2019, he has participated as a weekly guest speaker on the Belgian news TV channel LN24 as an Economics columnist.

Before settling in Luxembourg, he held different marketing & sales positions across banks, insurance, telco and credit card companies.

Thibault holds a Master of Science in Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and a CEFA certificate from the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts.

Sophie Peeters is in charge of the daily management of PayBelgium. Passionate about payments, she is determined to making PayBelgium’s voice heard. Prior to co-founding PayBelgium, Sophie was a financial regulatory lawyer at Linklaters for almost 10 years.