Our Team (Business Payments)

Rod Tasker

Rod Tasker

Associate, Melbourne

rod.tasker@paymentsconsulting.com

Rod consults in strategic management and innovative solution delivery in the banking and finance industry. He has experience in Australia and internationally and is an expert in payment services, e-commerce and transaction banking.

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Rod has a track record in defining, designing and driving profitable business change and product innovation based on an in-depth appreciation of both business and technology. Rod has a BSc (Computer Science), BA (Maths and Philosophy), Grad Dip Business (Bank and Finance) and AICD Directors accreditation.

Pankaj Shamkunwar

Pankaj Shamkunwar

India Country Manager, Mumbai

pankaj.shamkunwar@paymentsconsulting.com

Pankaj is a results oriented versatile leader with consistent performance in business strategy formulation and execution, people development and customer satisfaction. He has over 17 years’ experience in varied leadership roles across the financial services and payments industries.

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He has a proven track record in developing and executing innovative and practical business strategy based on detailed market and financial analysis that delivers profitable long term strategic outcomes. He is an expert on ecommerce and played a key role specifically for implementation of second factor authentication for the Internet and IVR channels in India.

He holds a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) Chemical Engineering degree from Anna University, Chennai.
Sabrina Small

Sabrina Small

Associate, Berlin

Sabrina is also a Managing Consultant at Lipis & Lipis GmbH, a Berlin based payments consulting firm exclusively focused on the payments industry. Her recent projects have included numerous multi-country studies, studies of premium and prepaid card markets and analysis of the German savings market.

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Sabrina has contributed to projects on SEPA migration, liquidity management, mobile payment trends, and European payment behaviour. Her educational background entails a BA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Language Arts from Boston University.
George Nearchou

George Nearchou

Associate, Sydney

george.nearchou@paymentsconsulting.com

George has over 30 years’ experience in commercialising technology, developing innovative customer relationship processes, leading large multinationals and a proven track record in growing high tech businesses serving banking, retail and healthcare. He has held roles as General Manager of Group Strategy, VP of Sales and Marketing, International Marketing Director and Managing Director.

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Over the last 10 years he has developed strategic partnership and business models based on pragmatic methodologies that have helped many businesses transform into companies with a sustainable competitive advantage both in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

George has also spent many years investigating the end-to-end cash cycle and how to best lower the total cost of cash for retail banking, major retailers and hospitality. He has experience in integrating the latest in ATM, IDM, and recycling technologies, with the right software and security solutions supported by single point managed services to optimise and streamline cash handling minimising the total number of touch points and lowering the total cost. He Holds a BSc in Physics, Psychology at ANU, Masters Business Marketing at UNSW and post graduate studies at Harvard Business School on Building Competitive Advantage, Strategy and Managing Change.

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