Melbourne, 23 November, 2016 Women in Payments together with Mastercard today recognised exceptional talent in the payments industry at the Women in Payments symposium in Melbourne.

The inaugural Australian Women in Payments Awards were today presented to three outstanding female payments professionals for their leadership, innovation and commitment to strengthening the payments industry, and more broadly, women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and related industries.

“At a global level, Women in Payments began recognising outstanding female payments leaders and innovators in 2013, and each year we see highly qualified nominees who are a testament to the exceptional leadership and innovation demonstrated by women across this industry,” explains Kristy Duncan, founder and CEO of Women in Payments. “It’s important to recognise and celebrate the women leaders and innovators who pave the way for rising stars across the payments ecosystem.”

“It’s a time of great innovation in the payments industry in Australia and globally, and with a pool of extremely high-calibre candidates, it was challenging for the awards committee selecting this year’s winners,” said Duncan.

The awards were presented by Karen Lee, Head of Strategy at Mastercard Loyalty Solutions, and fall into two categories: Award for Innovation, and Emerging Leader Award:

The Women in Payments Award for Innovation is presented to a woman who has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision, and perseverance in her organisation or the payments industry as a whole. This year the awards committee was presented with an extremely strong line-up of nominees, and made the decision to recognise joint winners: Katherine Bray, General Manager of Deposits and Payments at ANZ, and Janice Mason, CEO, Quest Payment Systems.

Katherine Bray, General Manager of Deposits and Payments, ANZ

Katherine led a cross divisional team at ANZ to deliver Apple Pay, Android Pay and ANZ’s proprietary wallets to ANZ customers across Australia and New Zealand. She is recognised by her colleagues as being innovative and progressive in her thinking, collaborative in her approach, persistent, and tenacious to get the right outcome for customers.  Additionally, Katherine is noted for her ongoing mentorship and her role as a key sponsor in building depth of female representation in ANZ.

Janice Mason, CEO, Quest Payment Systems
Janice is noted as a disruptor of business models, an inspirational leader, and for creating an environment in which innovation can flourish. Her introduction of diversity and well-being policies has added to this environment. She has overseen the successful introduction of a long list of payment innovations, including a new charity product suite to accept card and contactless donations, which is having an important impact at the Royal Hospital for Women in NSW.

The Women in Payments Emerging Leader Award recognises emerging talent in the Australian payments industry. The award pays tribute to a woman who demonstrates leadership, professional excellence, and a commitment to motivating others to make a positive impact on the payments ecosystem. This year, this award was presented to Kathryn Vine, Proposition Lead, New Payments Platform, ANZ.

Kathryn Vine, Proposition Lead, New Payments Platform, ANZ
Kathryn leads ANZ’s business stream of the New Payments Platform program. She also plays a crucial role in ANZ’s industry engagement as a member of the NPP Design Authority. Kathryn is recognised and respected for her subject matter expertise as well as her commitment to the customer experience, which will lead to a more intuitive and practical implementation of NPP technology for all Australians to enjoy.

“These Awards make an important contribution to the industry by recognising and showcasing outstanding female leadership, particularly in the area of innovation,” said Karen Lee, Head of Strategy at Mastercard Loyalty Solutions.

“Mastercard is committed to advancing Women’s representation in payments and more broadly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, recognising diversity as an underlying factor in achieving cutting edge innovation and technology.”

“Recent research1 conducted by Mastercard found Australia has the lowest percentage of girls studying STEM subjects in Asia Pacific. It identified featuring more successful female STEM role models as the best way to encourage more girls to enter STEM.”

“It’s exceptional to see such diverse talent represented at the Women in Payments Awards. It’s also particularly exciting to note the breadth of impressive payments initiatives that nominees are working on, which is a real testament to the achievements in innovation and leadership demonstrated by women across the industry,” Lee said.

“Encouraging more women in these fields is key to better economic success and equality,” said Lee.

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1 Mastercard “Girls in Tech” research, conducted in December 2015 via an online survey with 1,560 girls aged 12 to 19 across six countries in Asia Pacific.

About Women in Payments

With symposiums in Canada, the USA and Australia, Women in Payments was founded by Kristy Duncan in 2012 to facilitate career development, payment systems education, and community building for women working across the global payments ecosystem. Symposiums provide a platform for women payments professionals to demonstrate and hone their leadership and expertise in various roles, including keynote presentations, executive panel discussions, and breakout sessions.

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.  Follow us on Twitter @MastercardAU and @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

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