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Payments On Fire is the industry’s leading resource center for payments professionals. Here, you’ll find the resources and thought leadership that only Glenbrook’s experienced team can provide. Curated news stories, insightful opinion papers, provocative podcasts, and more – it’s all the thinking you need to stay competitive in a dynamic payments world.

March 9, 2023

January 23, 2023

October 28, 2022

Episode 183 – Fanning the Flames: Money20/20 Recap

Glenbrook’s Bryan Derman, Chris Uriarte, Cici Northup, and Joanna Wisniecka are back from Money20/20 and return to Payments on Fire to debrief with Yvette Bohanan in this Fanning the Flames episode.

If you listened to Episode 180, you know what hot topics the team was anticipating at the conference. Was it everything they expected? Tune in to hear the highlights and observations. 

October 26, 2022

Episode 182 - Steering the Fintech through Regulatory Waters - Cameron Peake, Restive Ventures

Becoming a fintech is no easy task. There’s the foundational idea, there’s the team, the market opportunity, macroeconomic conditions, and the necessary skills of running a business. Never easy and today it’s even tougher for new fintechs given rising interest rates, consumer hesitation, and the uncertain global economy. 

There’s also the make-or-break concern of regulatory compliance. 

October 18, 2022

Episode 180 - Fanning the Flames: Money20/20 Preview


Yvette Bohanan hosts Glenbrook’s Chris Uriarte, Cici Northup, and Joanna Wisniecka to discuss their attendance at the upcoming Money20/20 conference. Listen in to hear what noteworthy payments trends the team is paying attention to and what related themes they expect to surface at Money20/20. We’ll catch up with them after the conference to see what takeaways were most surprising or interesting. 

July 21, 2022

Episode 172 - Fanning the Flames: Fast Payments on the African Continent

Glenbrook’s own Elizabeth McQuerry and Joanna Wisniecka just returned from spending a couple of weeks in Kenya leading training on inclusive payments systems. 

While in the country, they got to play end-users of digital payments and experimented with M-PESA’s mobile money e-wallet. You may have been following their payments adventure on Glenbrook’s LinkedIn page

July 12, 2022

Episode 171 - How Wallets Are Transforming The Global Payments Landscape And What Merchants Should Do About It - Chuck Huang, Citcon

Chuck Huang, Founder and CEO of Citcon, joins George Pebody and Yvette Bohanan on this episode of Payments on Fire® to chat about digital wallets across the globe. Listen in to hear their thoughts on where the industry is headed as the consumer payment choice continues to diversify.


June 30, 2022

Qenta, Inc. Unveils First Comprehensive Financial Services and Technology Platforms for Emerging Markets

PR Newswire

“Qenta, Inc., a financial services and infrastructure platform with cutting-edge technology and a proprietary enterprise-grade blockchain, the Qenta Operating System, today unveiled an enhanced and integrated suite of financial solutions. With a focus on Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe, Qenta offers tokenized assets, multi token wallets for digital banking, cashless […]

June 22, 2022

Mojaloop Foundation Launches the Mojaloop CBDC Center of Excellence in Singapore


“The Mojaloop Foundation today announced the launch of its Mojaloop Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Center of Excellence (COE) in Singapore to advance financial inclusion in emerging markets. In addition, the Mojaloop Foundation announced the appointment of Nick Drury, a seasoned executive with nearly 25 years of experience innovating payments technology to drive inclusion, as the Mojaloop CBDC COE Director. […]

April 27, 2022

Episode 165 - Fanning The Flames - Global Payments - Elizabeth McQuerry & Joanna Wisniecka

Yvette Bohanan, Elizabeth McQuerry and Joanna Wisniecka scratch the surface of global payments in this inaugural episode of Fanning the Flames, a shorter segment of Payments on Fire®

While promoting the upcoming Global Payments Insight Workshop on May 18-19, they discuss what is happening around fast payment systems, cross-border payments, and how fast payment systems are starting to go cross-border, leaving their domestic boundaries behind.

April 15, 2022

OPay Was Approved by The Central Bank of Egypt to Issue Prepaid Cards to Help Digital Finance Reform in Emerging Markets


“Emerging market fintech unicorn OPay has received preliminary approval from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) on April 13 to partner with Masria Digital Payments (MDP), Egypt’s largest card provider, to issue prepaid cards in Egypt. OPay plans to issue 200,000 prepaid cards in the first phase, which will provide Egyptian users with convenient and fast non-bank financial services and promote the […]

March 30, 2022

Fed up With Fees? Crypto Use Is Growing for Cross-border Payments – Survey | ZDNet


“A new survey released today by non-profit Stellar Development Foundation and UK-based cryptocurrency payments platform Wirex has revealed a heightened awareness, and increasing use and acceptance, of cryptocurrencies for cross-border payments in four key developed and emerging countries — United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Singapore — indicating that crypto is being used for sending […]

March 24, 2022

March 1, 2022

EMQ Enables Real-time Cross-border Payments to Pakistan

“Global payments network EMQ launches real-time payments to Pakistan in a drive to bolster its payment capabilities across South Asia, with more markets underway. This extends EMQ’s network infrastructure deeper into the domestic market, providing customers worldwide with real-time payouts to mobile wallets, bank accounts or cash pick-up in Pakistan, while making financial services more […]

February 16, 2022

EMQ Delivers Real-Time Payments Across South Asia

“Global payments network EMQ today announced that it has significantly augmented its real-time cross-border payments across South Asia, including direct access to Nepal and India’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), with Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and additional markets in the pipeline. These major enhancements provide a more transparent and cost-efficient payments solution for our customers worldwide, […]

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