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Willem Botes
Business Development Manager, Eckoh

Mr. Botes is an experienced Enterprise Sales Manager who has helped over a dozen high profile clients achieve their goals by delivering greater value from their secure payment and customer contact solution. Mr. Botes is based in the UK and heads up the sales and delivery of the Eckoh solutions throughout Southern Africa and has worked with clients in the UK, France, Spain, and Australia.


Aadesh Gawde
CISA, CISM, Prince2Practitioner, COBIT, ITSM Manager, ISO27001 LI
Principal Consultant, ProVise Consulting

Mr. Gawde has 20 years of experience with core competency in IT Security, Information Risk Management and Compliance and IT Governance with companies in the Middle East. He is a Principal Consultant at ProVise Consulting with a focus on BFSI and Oil and Gas sector. Mr. Gawde is currently overseeing cybersecurity R&D and GRC product development.

Prior to joining ProVise, Mr. Gawde worked with Abu Dhabi Police and Ernst & Young.


Andrew Henwood
CEO, Foregenix

Mr. Henwood is a PCI security industry entrepreneur and active in evangelizing and recommending cyber security best practices through experience garnered from over 18 years of working in the field. Mr. Henwood has been involved in the payments industry since 2001, where he assisted in developing the first versions of the payment brand security standards in Europe. Mr. Henwood is a frequent public speaker on cyber security topics.

Foregenix is a cyber security consultancy and solution provider, a PCI QSA, PA-QSA, P2PE and PFI certified company and provides assessment services and innovative, baked-in cyber security solutions globally.


Lance Johnson
Executive Director, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Johnson is responsible for driving and implementing the Council’s strategic direction. For the past five years, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Sequent Software, Inc. where he led all corporate administration and operations. Prior to Sequent, Johnson spent more than twenty years at Visa Inc., as a senior leader directing Visa’s efforts in global risk management and security, fraud detection and control, and global payment data and device security. As an expert in payment security, Mr. Johnson holds several patents, served in the U.S. Navy, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Central Florida.


Jeremy King
International Director, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. King leads the Council’s efforts in increasing adoption and awareness of the PCI security standards internationally. In this role, Mr. King works closely with the Council and representatives of its policy-setting executive committee from American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa, Inc. His chief responsibilities include gathering feedback from the merchant and vendor community, coordinating research and analysis of PCI SSC managed standards through all international markets, and driving education efforts and Council membership recruitment through active involvement in local and regional events, industry conferences, and meetings with key stakeholders. He also serves as a resource for Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Internal Security Assessors (ISAs), PCI Forensic Investigators (PFIs), and related staff in supporting regional training, certification, and testing programs.


Mauro Lance
Chief Operating Officer, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Lance is responsible for the day to day operations, business strategy, investments and growth of the Council. He leads the creation and implementation of programs and world-class processes for certification, assessor quality management and training, critical to the Council’s mission of increasing payment card security globally through adoption of the PCI Security Standards.  Most recently, Mr. Lance held leadership positions at the MIT Media Lab and the World Wide Web Consortium, and was a founding director of the Web Foundation. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso. Mr. Lance has lived and worked in Chile, China, France, and the United States.


Troy Leach
CISSP, CISA, Chief Technology Officer, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Leach partners with Council representatives, Participating Organizations and industry leaders to develop com­prehensive standards and strategies to secure payment card data and its supporting infrastructure.


He is a subject matter expert on payment security and has testified on several occasions before various House and Senate Congressional committees. Mr. Leach also provides guidance and security expertise to a multitude of U.S. and international government entities as well as law enforcement. Mr. Leach serves on several advisory boards such as ANSI X9, Merchant Acquirer Committee and contributes to online communities such as BankInfoSecurity and CSO Online. Mr. Leach is often quoted in cybersecurity news stories and has been quoted by news organizations including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.


Ramon Lipparoni
IT Integrations Manager working with a leading South African Airline

Mr. Lipparoni has over 20 years’ experience in the IT and Project Management business. Mr. Lipparoni has successfully managed 28 projects with budgets ranging from 250,000 to 18 million Rand as well as managing two companies. Mr. Lipparoni applies his expertise to bring growth and success to his work and his clients.


Steve Marshall
Chief Operating Officer, Risk-X

Mr. Marshall is a world-class consultant and business executive that has focused on high profile projects for the government and leading commercial organisations. Mr. Marshall specializes in business consulting, payments, compliance, breach clean-up, enterprise architecture validation, assurance, corporate/information security, security restructures and risk in sector-leading organisations across many business verticals and markets.


Haroon Meer
CEO, Thinkst

Haroon Meer is the founder of Thinkst, the company behind the awesome Thinkst Canary. Haroon has contributed to several books on information security and has published a number of papers and tools on various topics related to the field. Over the past decade (and a half) he has delivered research, talks, and keynotes at conferences around the world.


Mark Meissner
VP, Public Relations, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Meissner leads the Council’s public relations efforts. In this role, Mr. Meissner works closely with the Council’s leadership team to develop communications strategies that promote the PCI Security Standards and the priority initiatives of the Council globally and with a wide range of stakeholders. Mr. Meissner brings more than two decades of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies, elected officials, trade associations and high-profile individuals navigate a myriad of communications challenges in the global marketplace. Over the years, he has worked with many high-profile clients in engaging with major news organizations such as USA Today, The Washington Post, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The Times of London.


Before joining the PCI Security Standards Council, Mr. Meissner was the Founder and President of MJM Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm. He began his career in the world of politics. He honed his political skills working on the staffs of two fellow Hoosiers – U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and U.S. Representative Tim Roemer (D-IN). He served as Campaign Manager for Representative Roemer’s successful 1994 re-election campaign. Mr. Meissner was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2002, finishing second among a crowded field of five better-known candidates for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. His underdog campaign was hailed by the media as “relentless” and “impressive.”


Mr. Meissner teaches as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), where he has served on the faculty for more than a decade. He holds a master’s degree from The American University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.


Leticia Mentz
Strategy & Research Manager, Payments Association of South Africa (PASA)

Leticia Mentz joined the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) as Strategy & Research Manager in March 2011.  Her role at PASA has afforded her the opportunity to be at the forefront of many exciting developments in the South African payments domain, including projects such as 3D Secure, PCI DSS, DebiCheck, Modernisation of Payments and Debit Order Abuse.   She has also been instrumental in launching the PASA Certificate in Foundational Payments during 2012, hosting the first PASA International Payments Conference during 2013 and introducing the High Value Payments and Executive Payments Programme during 2017.   Her current role at PASA involves developing industry capacity, including current and future training programmes as well as being responsible for communication and media relations.


She started her career at First National Bank (FNB) in 1993 and acquired her Cost Management Accounting as well as Counselling qualifications part-time.  After 10 years in the Financial & Management Accounting domains, she broadened her horizons to Risk and Compliance and later Payments Regulation.  Apart from her passion for payments, she enjoys being involved in community events that encourage and develop woman.


Simeon Tassev
Managing Director, Galix Networking Pty. Ltd.,

Mr. Tassev has been involved in various information security initiatives in many organisations. In January 2001, Mr. Tassev obtained the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and in 2012, became a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). For the past 22 years, Mr. Tassev has worked for Galix, a PCI QSA and Security Specialist company.


Walter Volker
Chief Executive Officer, The Payments Association South Africa (PASA)

Walter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA), which he joined in March 2008. Prior to this he worked for Absa Bank (a member of Barclays) for 17 years, the last decade of which he established and headed up the Group Payments function – responsible for the coordination and management of all payment systems in the banking group.


During his career in banking and payment systems, Walter played a key and leading role in a number of payments innovations in South Africa; these include the introduction of debit cards in the late 1990s, the migration to EMV chip & PIN technology, the launching of a real-time inter-bank EFT service (called Real Time Clearing), the introduction of an Early Debit Order processing service, and a number of others.


Over the years he has served on a number of boards and committees, including the BankservAfrica board, AllPay board, PASA Council, MasterCard Global Debit Board of Advisors, MasterCard Chip Expert Group, EMVCo Board of Advisors, SWIFT National Member Group, SA Reserve Bank Strategy Body, the NPS Act Standing Committee, and others. He is also a member of the International Council of Payment Association Chief Executives (ICPACE). Walter holds a Bachelor of Science (UP) and a Masters in Business  Leadership (UNISA SBL) (cum laude) degree, as well as post-graduate qualifications from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.


Fred Westhuizen
Card Operations Manager, Payments Association of South Africa (PASA)

Mr. Westhuizen previously worked for Absa Bank where he managed the PCI DSS program for the bank, merchants and service providers since the inception of the standard. He then joined Visa as Risk Director for Sub Sahara Africa and has been with PASA as the Card Operations Manager since 2017.