Stanley Epstein (Illumeo)
Finance and Accounting
Stanley holds a Masters degree in Economics and a BCom. degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. He has extensive and wide ranging banking and IT experience, including 33 years with the Standard Bank of South Africa, where during the 1990s he filled an industry level role holding several key positions in the area of electronic payments/banking.
His extensive exposure to banking practice and banking operations extends to many countries including the USA, United Kingdom, South Africa, Israel, Europe and Australia.
During the 1990s he held a senior banking industry level role on secondment to the South African Clearing Bankers Association, which included that of Chairman of the Risk Committee of the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) as well as participating in the development of the South African National Payment System. He also represented South Africa on two occasions at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New York.
On leaving South Africa, Stanley spent time as a payment systems designer and consultant to a New Jersey based bank payments software developer. This included projects and consultation work with central and commercial banks in the US, the UK, Australia, Israel, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Romania, and the Netherlands.
Stanley also served as an external consultant to the Bank of Israel in the reform of the Israeli payment systems dealing with two major projects; the introduction of that country’s ZAHAV Real Time Gross Settlement payment system and the inclusion of the Israeli Shekel in the international Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS) system – a role which covered various wholesale, retail and international payments systems, operational risk and legal issues as well as policy, regulatory and oversight matters.
Over the past decade he has been in the private high-tech sector providing high-level training and consulting services to a wide range of banks and other clients across the world in areas of international payments, digital/mobile banking, governance, risk management, and compliance.