Top 10 Women in FinTech | Anna Maj
has spent her career teaching others how to get the most from digital/online financial services, as well as remaining a staunch advocate for inclusion, diversity and fairness within the sector. She was one of the first figures to introduce online payment gateways in the CEMEA region. Moreover, managing the implementation of the first local mobile banking applications, among many other innovative triumphs.
“I’ve been in payments, financial services for 20 years, and I have always been dealing with innovation.” She told . Discussing her position at PwC at the time, she said her role included “looking for innovative payment and financial solutions internationally to integrate them into our advisory strategy.”
Maj is currently a Senator at the , a multinational organisation with the goal of easing access to finance for companies from start-up to scale up. Through that, its aim is to bring social justice and increase jobs across the globe.
With a degree in Cultural Anthropology, an MBA and a PhD in Finance and Financial Management Services, the full list of Maj’s achievements is ongoing and impressive, to say the least. Anna has also co-authored two books, The PAYTECH Book and The AI Book.
Tink partners with Novalnet AG for open banking payments
The Munich-based fintech Novalnet AG, which was founded in 2007 and is one of Europe’s leadingfintech companies, has announced a new partnership with Tink, the Swedish open banking platform currently connected to more than 3,400 European banks.
Novalnet AG delivers payment solutions and fully automated services, from checkout to debt collection. Its solutions are also available worldwide.
According to reports, the fintech company plans to launch a real-time payments feature for merchants across Europe, to expand its current services and enhance the transaction experience it operates through its platform.
The new feature, says Novalnet, will revolutionise payments for ecommerce with transactions being credited to merchant’s accounts almost instantly.
Novalnet partnership with Tink
By partnering with Tink for payment initiation services (PIS) technology, Novalnet will take previous region-specific payment methods and offer a new unified digital payments service to its merchants across Europe.
The fintech’s real-time merchant payments feature, which will be launched initially in Germany and the United Kingdom, will then be integrated across other European markets during 2021.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Emmanuel Kirse, COO of Novalnet, explained, "We expect great things from our strategic partnership with Tink, which is a significant development for both parties.
“With Tink, Novalnet can offer a new set of open banking-related solutions in Europe. The new opportunities offered by this partnership will help both Tink and Novalnet grow together, along with our merchants."
Cyrosch Kalateh, Regional Director for the DACH region at Tink said, “Our partnership with Novalnet is a big step for Tink in the German market, and we are excited to work together to bring new, innovative payments services to merchants across Europe.”
He added, “At the end of 2020 Tink committed to expanding its payment initiation services from five to 10 markets, fuelled by an €85mn investment round. We are proud to add Germany to this list by announcing we have now fully launched Tink’s PIS services in this market.”
Image credit: Novalnet AG