Alain Martin is in charge of consulting services for payment systems and also represents Thales with the FIDO Alliance and the Smart Payment Association. Prior to this, he was in charge of strategic partnerships, liaising in particular with Visa and Mastercard. He was responsible for the portfolio of mobile financial services products, addressing the mobile payment needs of banks, mobile operators and transport operators. He was for eight years regional managing director for Gemalto’s POS terminal division in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Overall, Mr Martin has 30 years of experience in the payment industry, 4 of which spent in the USA, primarily on the introduction of smart cards for electronic purse programs. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.