Portrait of Alain MARTIN


PresidentSmart Payment Association

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Alain Martin, Président de Smart Payment Association

Alain Martin is in charge of consulting services for payment systems at Thales Banking and Payment Services. He represents Thales at the board of the Smart Payment Association. He also leads Thales’ CBDC initiative and is involved in various Proof of Concept and pilots with central banks, focusing on the support of offline payment.

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. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.



  • Innovative Payments - Understanding Key Trends for a Successful Strategy

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