24-25 May 2022

Morning: 11:00am to 1:00pm GMT+1

Afternoon: 2:30pm to 4:30pm GMT+1

The future of cash and coins

Industry responses to the challenges

Where next for numismatics

Business transformation and sustainability

Mint Directors Conference Online

 

In normal times, the Mint Directors Conference is held every two years, providing an opportunity for discussion, information-sharing, debate about our industry and, of course, networking.

Due to the pandemic, the 31st MDC, due to be held in Cape Town in April 2020, could not take place. The next in-person event is scheduled to take place in October 2023 in Ottawa. That is long time for the mint community to be without events to meet up.

Hence MDC Online which, in addition to examining the many challenges we face and their impact on our industry, will provide a forum for our community to forge a path for coins into the future, whether as a means of transaction, a store of value, a token of national pride or an investment for future generations.

Over two days, MDC Online will provide a series of illuminating and instructive presentations, case studies and discussions covering some of the key issues and opportunities –  from the impact of COVID on cash and the future of cash and coins to business transformation and how mints are responding to sustainability  and the future of the numismatic market and commemorative coins.

The virtual event is not intended to replace the in-person MDC events, but to provide a necessary bridge whilst the world begins the road back to normality. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate, even in a virtual format, and we hope you will join us.

Programme 

TUESDAY, 24 May, 2022

SESSION ONE – 11.00-13.00 GMT+1 – The Future of Currency in a an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

The opening session will comprise a panel of experts in payments, who will present their views on the future of cash and the challenges (and opportunities) it faces, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A

Chair: Marie Lemay, Royal Canadian Mint

Prof Darren Duxbury – Chair in Finance, Newcastle University Business School, UK. Prof Duxbury is an international expert in the areas of experimental and behavioural finance, and his work has been published in several world-leading academic journals. His latest work is an investigation of the behavioural determinants of UK individuals’ attitudes towards and intentions to use cash.

Dr Tobias TrütschThe Drivers Shaping Individual Payment BehaviorPayments Economist and Managing Director of the Center for Financial Services Innovation at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research interests are payment and monetary economics with special emphasis on innovative payment products and individual payment behaviour.

Brett Scott – journalist, monetary anthropologist, former financial broker and author of the newly-published book ‘Cloudmoney: Cash, Cards, Crypto and the War for our Wallets’. Brett is also one of the most articulate, entertaining and impassioned advocates for cash and opponents of Big Tech in the business.

Guillaume LepecqThe Future of Cash? A Novel Approach to Re-imagining the Future – a 20-year cash and payments industry specialist and founder and chair of the thinktank CashEssentials, which has produced numerous policy-analytical reports and publications by a range of contributing specialists that provide reliable information about cash, the evolution of its use and why. Guillaume is also chair of The Future of Cash conference, which brings together stakeholders to discuss new strategies for creating the cash cycle of the future.

 

SESSION TWO – 14.30-16.30 GMT+1 – The Impact of COVID on Mints Around the World – Lessons Learned, Consequential Future Risks and Challenges

Presentations from six mints, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A

Chair: Marc Schwartz, Monnaie de Paris

Leigh Gordon – Royal Australian Mint

Honey Mamabolo – South African Mint – Honey EK Mamabolo was appointed to the boards of the SABN and South African Mint on 12 March 2020. Ms Mamabolo is the Managing Director of the South African Mint.
Prior to joining the Mint, she was Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Unico, a leading automotive and industrial chemical manufacturer. Before joining Thebe, Ms Mamabolo managed two clean energy debt funds at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and was involved in renewable energy projects and corporate finance transactions. Prior to the IDC, she served as a Senior Energy Consultant and Director of Operations for Energy Solutions Africa, focusing mainly on energy policy design, implementation, and transaction advisory and donor fund management.
Ms Mamabolo’s early career was spent in the retail banking sector as a business process engineer, business analyst and project manager.
Ms Mamabolo has a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering and holds postgraduate qualifications in Financial Management, Strategy Planning and Change Management

Fujita Teru – Mint of Japan (representing the President of the Mint)

Ventris Gibson – US Mint

Guenther Waadt – Bavarian State Mint – Günther Waadt graduated in mechanical and economical engineering. In 1998 he was appointed as Director of the Bavarian State Mint. Since 1998 he held several posts within international committees like the Mint Directors Working Group (MDWG), the MDC and the Technical Committee of the MDC.Since 2011 Günther Waadt is Vice – President of MDWG.

Marie Lemay – Future Ready – Marie Lemay was appointed President of the Royal Canadian Mint in January 2019. Over the past 20 years, she has held a variety of senior executive positions in various organizations and government departments. She has extensive experience in public policy. Prior to her appointment as Master of the Mint, Lemay served as Deputy Minister and Deputy Receiver General for Canada at Public Services and Procurement Canada, where she managed 12,000 employees and a $6 billion budget. Prior to joining government, she led a number of international initiatives and oversaw several mutual recognition agreements as CEO of Engineers Canada.
Lemay is a Professional Engineers, a Fellow of Engineers Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and has served on several boards.

WEDNESDAY, 25 May, 2022

SESSION THREE – 11.00-13.00 GMT+1 – Collectables and Numismatics – Trends, Interest and Risk, and How Mints Can and Are Responding

Expert presentation followed by mints’ research and new initiatives as well as how digitalisation is being used for numismatics – followed by Q&A

Chair: David Ryder – The Aureus Group

Scott DavidsonCollectibles How to Ensure Sustainability – Scott was born in Canada and graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BSC Hons degree. He migrated to Australia in 1982 representing Sports Brands such as New Balance, Russell Athletic, BUM Equipment and The Game. In 1996 Elite Sports Properties was launched and it has become the largest sports marketing and talent management agency in Australia, now trading under TLA Worldwide and being part of the Bruin Sports Capital Group. Scott’s area of expertise has been intellectual property management and licensed merchandise including trading cards and collectibles. He has held licenses and worked with all the major sports governing bodies including the IOC, FIFA, Rugby World Cup and Cricket World Cup. He spent five years living and working in China during the 2008 Olympic period, assisting with their intellectual property framework and licensing program and creating benchmark Olympic philatelic programs.

Bill Gale – President of Asset Marketing Services, LLC ‘The numismatic market in the US for wholesale and retail – what has been happening and what are the risks and opportunities’

Mark Cartwright  – Royal Australian Mint – ‘Deep behavioural research about collectibles conducted in the Australian market, its interpretation and conversion by the RAM’ – Mark Cartwright is an experienced leader, having worked in senior executive roles within government, the not-for-profit sector and the sporting industry over the past 20 years. Mark is currently the Executive General Manager for Sales, Marketing and Innovation for the Royal Australian Mint where he oversees critical functions such as design, product development, marketing and communications, brand development, sales, B2B marketing, education and tourism. He has now been with the Mint for over a decade, charged with optimising the Mint’s precision manufacturing capabilities and public trust in the brand. His key achievements include significant collectible and investment portfolio growth, oversight of a multi-award winning education and visitor services program, embedding key strategic partnerships and most recently, oversight of the internationally acclaimed Donation Dollar initiative. Mark possesses an undergraduate degree in Applied Science, a Masters of Business Administration specialising in Marketing and is a member of the Australian Risk Policy Institute.

Mikko Sievanen – Mint of Finland – Changing the World of Coin Collecting – Digital native by heart. Mikko has been building e-commerce and digital services and leading productive project teams for various industries over a period of 20 years. He enjoys getting people on board to produce new services or find new ways of working more productively and deliver top customer experience. In his current role at Mint of Finland Mikko is taking all his learnings into action in providing coin collectors the best pocket-sized experience on the planet with Coiniverse. Mikko holds a Masters from Aalto University on International Business and Marketing. As a true Finn, ice-hockey and various other sports fill much of his free time. Mikko also finds time for charity work through Rotary International and is always ready to upskill and learn something new.

Ursula Kampmann, CoinsWeekly – ‘The Status of numismatics, Opportunities and Risks, and the COSMOS of Collectibles

SESSION FOUR – 14.30-16.30 GMT+1 – Business Transformation and Sustainability

A leading global management consultancy will share their views on how, in a rapidly changing market, businesses within the minting industry can change. This will be followed by a series of presentations on sustainability, and then Q&A.

Chair: Andrew Mills, The Royal Mint

Inga Doak , The Royal Mint – Turning E-Waste into Gold – Inga is a Sustainability professional with over 20 years international experience. Working as both an in-house adviser and external consultant Inga has worked with various organisations from small and medium sized enterprises to multinational corporations. She has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Finland and Australia, and completed short term work assignments in the pacific island countries of Tuvalu, Samoa and Vanuatu. With a background in environmental management, Inga is a Chartered Environmentalist, and an alumni of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership. She joined The Royal Mint in August 2021 as Head of Sustainability and is responsible for driving an ambitious sustainability programme, integrating key Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) topics into the wider business strategy.

John Winchcombe, Cash & Payment News – Creating a Roadmap to Net Zero

Lynette Nixon – PWC

Thursday, 26 May , 2022 – INTERNAL AFFAIRS MEETING Mint Directors only

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Whole event sponsor (includes showcase branding during the entire live stream, video at the start of every session – 30 seconds max.)

SOLD-OUT

 

Session sponsor (includes showcase branding during the session, video at the start of the session – 30 seconds max.)

USD2,500

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Fees

The fee charged depends on the number of people from each organisation attending the online conference.

Single ticket

USD350

Multiple ticket

USD750

Up to 10 individuals from the same organisation.

Complimentary ticket

(Central banks only )

This does not include mints or other production entities that are owned by central banks or treasury departments.

For any information regarding the MDC Online, please contact events@recon-intl.com