QED Virtual Conference on Instant Payments


Jack Schickler

Senior Financial Services Correspondent, MLex Market Insight

Mr Schickler is senior financial services correspondent at MLex, in Brussels. He previously served as tax correspondent, and has also worked in the European Commissioner for a number of years in a variety of economic fields, serving commissioners Jonathan Hill, Neelie Kroes, Cecilia Malmström, Julian King and commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Before that he worked for five years on economic and financial policy in HM Treasury, and in at the U.K.’s representation at the EU, and has also covered the UK’s Brexit debate as a journalist at InFacts.


Jean Allix

Special Advisor, BEUC

Mr Jean Allix (70) has been appointed Special Advisor to BEUC in September 2016 He is dealing with financial services. He is representing BEUC in many institutions and working groups related to payment issues Mr Allix has been dealing with payment issues since 1987. Prior to BEUC, Mr Allix worked from 1990 to 2016 in the European Commission. From 1990 to 1999 he was in the consumer department about all the preliminary works on the introduction of the euro. From 2000 to 2006 he was dealing with payment issues (PSD) in the DG internal market In 2007 he moved to the directorate for competition always on payment services issues (Interchange fees). Mr Allix holds a DEA in Economics (Paris X University 1975).

Hendrik Frank

Head of EU Affairs, Deutsche Kreditbank AG & Board member, Payments Europe

Hendrik Frank is Head of EU Affairs for Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB), the second largest online bank in Germany. In that role he represents the bank’s political interests in Brussels. Hendrik also sits on the board of Payments Europe, an association of global and European card-based payment solutions providers.
Prior to joining DKB, Hendrik worked in public affairs consulting, where he helped multinational companies in the financial and tech sector navigate the political landscape in Berlin and Brussels. He holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a Bachelor in Business Management from King’s College London.

Holger Neuhaus

Head of Division, DG Market Infrastructure & Payments, European Central Bank

Holger Neuhaus is Head of the European Central Bank's (ECB's) Market Innovation and Integration Division in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments.
His Division develops the ECB/Eurosystem’s approach in relation to innovation and integration in the field of payments and post-trade services. It explores innovation which is triggered by new technologies, changes in business models and overall developments in the financial ecosystem; it also drives harmonisation activities and contributes to wider harmonisation initiatives where relevant and makes recommendations to deepen integration in this field.
Until November 2019 he headed the Money Market and Liquidity Division which provides market analysis of euro area money markets and ensures the execution of monetary policy through open market operations and liquidity management. It also had a lead role in developing and transitioning to a new reference interest rate for the money market.
He was recently seconded to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as Senior Policy Advisor.
Before joining the ECB he worked for the Deutsche Bundesbank and a portfolio management company, inter alia in the field of foreign reserve management and financial market research. Holger Neuhaus studied economics at the Universities of Essen and Toronto.

Katarzyna Kobylińska-Hilliard

Policy Officer unit B3, DG FISMA, European Commission

Katarzyna Kobylińska-Hilliard is a Policy Officer in the Retail Financial Services Unit at the European Commission, Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Prior to that, she was responsible for corporate governance in financial institutions at the Directorate General Justice and Consumers. Before joining the European Commission, Katarzyna represented the interests of the banking industry in Brussels with respect to retail financial services and prudential supervision and has experience working for a consumer advocacy organisation in Dublin.

Jonathan Quin

Head of Europe Strategy, Ant Group

Jonathan Quin is Ant Group's Head of Europe Strategy. He was previously CEO of WorldFirst, a high-growth fintech that is making it faster, easier, safer and cheaper for businesses and individuals to move money around the world. Jonathan co-founded WorldFirst in 2004, after spending the earlier part of his career at Citibank and RBS. In February 2019, WorldFirst became part of the Ant Group.

Alexis Waravka

Head Digital and Competitiveness, Independent Retail Europe

Alexis Waravka is Head Digital and Competitiveness at Independent Retail Europe - the European association that acts as an umbrella organisation for the main groups of independent retailers and their associations in the food and non-food sectors, bringing together 24 groups and their 380.980,00 independent retailers, who provide close to 6,5 million jobs.

Previously, Alexis Waravka worked for HOTREC, the umbrella association that represents the European hospitality sector, for public affairs consultancy Burson-Marsteller, as well as for the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. Alexis Waravka holds a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe and a Master’s degree in EU law from the University of Rennes (France). He is a former laureate of the Lavoisier Scholarship of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.