Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio:

EMP Partners APS Payment Card Switch

Emerging Markets Payments (EMP) signed an exclusive technology and center of excellence partnership with Afghanistan Payments Systems (APS), the local domestic payment card switch in Afghanistan. The agreement will allow EMP to work with all Afghan banks in partnership with APS, providing fast, reliable and secure electronic payment card processing for ATMs, POS and remote card not present (CNP) transactions such as bill payments and recurring payments. EMP is expanding quickly across the wider MEA region and offers an innovative and wide scope of products for banks, merchants and government including advisory services, mobile payment, bill presentment and payments among many others. The company most recently launched the cutting-edge bill presentment program with the Central Bank of Jordan known as eFawateerCom at a press conference hosted at Cards and Payments Middle East in Dubai, UAE.

Gemalto unveils Trusted Services Hub

hrough Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Services Hub customers get a one-stop and immediate access to the largest user base using NFC smartphones already equipped with Secure Elements. Over 1.5 billion mobile users worldwide are covered by Gemalto-contracted Trusted Services Management (TSM) platforms, with over a hundred million high-end “multi-tenant” SIM cards already in place to protect and manage sensitive application credentials. Ready today to handle a large number of future configurations, including Embedded Secure Elements (eSE) which are becoming available in some handsets and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) that will be running inside next-generation mobile devices, as well as the emerging tokenization standards, the Allynis Trusted Services Hub offers both the broadest reach of users and the most future-proof technology across mobile platforms.

HyperWallet Compliance Chief

hyperWALLET Systems has named payments industry expert Nadia Dombrowski as the company’s Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer to oversee all legal, risk and compliance issues globally. The creation of this new executive role comes on the heels of massive growth at the payments company over the past 24 months. Since securing capital investment early in 2014, hyperWALLET continues to win new customers across various industries, verticals and global markets. As the new Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer, Ms. Dombrowski will work closely with both the company’s senior executives and board members, continuing to position the company for continued growth.Dombrowski has also held the position of Senior Vice President, Group Head and Lead Region Counsel for the U.S. Markets at MasterCard Worldwide. She also served at MasterCard as Senior Vice President, Group Head for Emerging Payments and Advisors; as Vice President, Managing Counsel for Innovative Platforms and Advisors; and as Vice President, Senior Counsel for Advisors.