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The MPE 2022 AWARDS CEREMONY was part of the 15th annual MPE 2022 (Merchant Payments Ecosystem) conference.

MPE Awards 2022 Winners
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Foreword by Ms.Neira Jones

Chair of the judging panel, independent advisor & international speaker


As the MPE 2022 Awards Chair, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the prestigious Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards for the 15th Annual Conference for the Payments Industry, organised by the Empiria Group.

Last year, the awards were fully virtual, and the last in-person event was in 2020. This makes it even more special for me be able to say that I look forward to welcoming you all in person in Berlin! I know we’ve all missed it and Berlin is really the home of MPE.

As always, we remain committed to our “Guiding Hand” theme, and after a difficult couple of years, it is fitting that the underlying meaning for our theme this year is “Growing Faster” and our popular statuette will reflect this.

Judge's Choice Awards

- featuring 11 Categories

Winners of the Judge’s Choice Award will be selected by the panel of independent expert judges.

The nominations are now CLOSED.

Thank you to those who participated! We are counting up the scores.

People’s Choice Award

- featuring 2 Categories

MPE Influencer of the Year
The winner will be determined via public online voting.

The nominations are now CLOSED.

Thank you to those who participated! Scroll down to choose your favorite.

Best Start-Up Innovation Award
Winner will ber determined by MPE audience.

MPE Awards 2022 - Shortlisted & Winners

To be awarded to the individual (or team) who has provided a significant contribution to the development of the Merchant Payments Ecosystem either on a domestic or international basis.

... and the winner is

Candice Pressinger, Director of Customer Data Security and Fraud @ Elavon Merchant Services
Candice Pressinger

PR release

According to the criteria, the "MPE Influencer of the Year" Award is to be awarded to the individual (or team) who has provided a significant contribution to the development of the merchant payments ecosystem either on a domestic or international basis.

"Candice collected this Award for the leading role she takes in setting the direction for her organisation to deliver better outcomes for merchants.She is an inspiration to the payments industry professionals,” said Andy Ivanis, Head of Sales & Customer Engagement at MPE.

Candice is a Payments Fraud and Data Security ambassador in the industry and a Commercial Program Leader specializing in P2PE, Tokenisation, and Transaction Risk Analysis. Her rare blend of subject matter expertise (encompassing personal and payment data security, legal, fraud, and compliance), program and process management skills, combined with an emotionally intelligent, creative, collaborative, and supportive approach. Candice delivers market-leading solutions by having a holistic vision of what success means for both the customer and Elavon. She is passionately engaged in knowledge sharing through mentoring, industry panels, workshops, and merchant briefings.

“To receive the recognition of my peers and be named MPE Influencer of the Year is an absolute honour, and a high point in my career,” said Candice Pressinger, Director of Customer Data Security and Fraud at Elavon Merchant Services.

“I’m passionate about helping customers and bringing innovative solutions to the market, and I hope to inspire others to reach their goals by being passionate and active in the payments industry and giving and getting in equal measure. I also hope it shows others that women have a place in the payments industry, where they can have an amazing career and be part of a community that lifts each other, because we are an amazing network and industry.”


MPE Awards - are The Only European Awards recognizing TOP merchant payments acceptance companies and their achievements.

With a category for each player of the merchant payment ecosystem, the Awards are all-inclusive. No other European awards program provides such industry-wide recognition in true reflection of the breadth and strength of our industry.

MPE Award winners will be able to promote their accomplishment all year long.

All winners will be given a MPE 2022 Awards logo and jury testimonials to be used in their PR & marketing activities in addition to special coverage from Merchant Payments Ecosystem Awards & conference. Winners will record personal acceptance video that will be uploaded on MPE Awards website and MPE TV YouTube channel and further promoted through MPE channels.

You can enter the contest until May 13, 2022.

Important note: Contestants enrolling for the Innovation Corner at MPE, aspiring to win the „MPE Innovator of the Year“ award, should submit their entries also until May 13, 2022. Also, their submission process and overall management differs from the rest of the award categories. Please refer to the MPE Innovation Corner section to see the steps and eligibility to enter.

Any company qualifying as part of the payment acceptance value chain worldwide.

Anybody working as part of a team or department responsible for a particular solution/service (one to become a subject of the entry), a marketing, communication or PR specialist whom has been appointed this task or who is generally responsible for awards submissions.

The sole process of sending the application is done via an online form and is thoroughly described in the next section as well as the steps you need to do before you actually submit anything.

You can enter maximum of three categories.

Yes, you can enter the same category/categories with the same or different product/service. You can also enter category/categories you have not attended before with a product/service you have previously used. However, if you previously won any of the categories, please also refer to the next point.

Definitely, the only condition here is that you cannot enter neither the same nor the rest of the categories with the same product/service you won with previously. However, you can enter the same category you won previously with a different product/service.

MPE Awards is very prestigious and unique in its concept. Therefore, you should carefully consider your choice. The awards ceremony traditionally takes place on the second night of the three day conference. Since the conference itself is attended by senior representatives, there is a pretty good chance you already have the right person on spot. As winning parties are notified several days prior to the ceremony, you will have enough time to appoint the proper member of your crew to pick up your prize. If you won the „Acquiring Personality of the Year“ category, well, it is your call to take what is yours :-)

Recognition and prestige. You being the winner, it is our commitment to make sure your name is spelled in the organizer.
The major card and payments acceptance media after the conference. A separate PR campaign utilizing the world-class media distribution companies follows your success hand-in-hand with social media coverage performed by us.

The MPE went the more challenging way of finding highly skilled and reputable artists to create unique Guiding Hand statuettes, using valuable materials with designs changed from year to year, reflecting the current trends and important happenings in the payment industry.

In 2014 we started our cooperation with renowned Croatian artist Gordana Turuk. Gordana creates all her masterpieces by skillfully mixing organic glass and precious metals.

She continues to design the MPE statuette also for 2022...

MPE 2022 Awards Judges

Neira Jones
(MPE 2022 Awards Chair) Independent Advisor & International Speaker| Payments | Fintech| Cybersecurity | Fraud
Roger Alexander
Expert (MPE 2022 Awards Co-Chair), VALITOR hf
Gary Munro
Alex Rolfe
Managing Director, Payments Cards and Mobile Magazine
David Parker
CEO, Polymath Consulting
Melisande Mual
MD, The Paypers
Volker Schlönvoigt
Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
Andrea Toucinho
Director of Studies, Prospective and Training, PARTELYA CONSULTING
Mark McMurtrie
Director, Payments Consultancy Ltd
Claire Maslen
Chief Marketing Officer, Consult Hyperion
Janusz Diemko
Payments Consultant, Angel Investor and Mentor
Emilia D' Anzica
Founder, Customer Success Consulting, Growth Molecules
Yvonne Eskenzi
Owner, Eskenzi PR
Stanley Skoglund
Co-Founder & Director, Minerva
Dorota Zimnoch
Global Industry Strategist, Microsoft

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