Cybertonica team named a finalist in 3 categories at the European Women Payments Network 2019 Awards

22 May 2019
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We are honoured to announce that Cybertonica team is named a finalist in 3 categories for the judging of the European Women Payments Network 2019 Awards, which will be held in Amsterdam on 4th June.

Organised by the European Women Payments Network (EWPN), EWPN 2019 Awards celebrates and recognises individuals making tremendous contribution to the industry and organisations on forefront in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Cybertonica team reached the prestigious finalist group in 3 categories:

Joshua Bower-Saul, the CEO and Co-Founder of Cybertonica said:

“We would like to thank EWPN 2019 Awards judges for giving us the exciting chance to be recognised as FinTech Start-up of the Year! It is my privilege as the CEO and Co-Founder with our CTO Sergey Velts, to be working alongside the entire Cybertonica team that helped us to reach the shortlist, including two of our key team members Melike Belli and Ekaterina Safonova. We are honoured to see them shortlisted in 2 categories as industry role models and hope that our commitment to parity in the FinTech world will benefit from this distinction so we can attract more women to our team in the near future!”

Ekaterina Safonova, Director of Partnerships and Training at Cybertonica, also commented:

“It’s such a great honour to be shortlisted for EWPN FinTech/Payments Leader Award among top experts in the field, best wishes and sincere congratulations to all of them! The past 2 years working for Cybertonica was dynamic and challenging for me – creating a payment fraud prevention course, investigating payment/fraud landscape and developing new ways to offer one-click fraud-free experience for good customers, writing the chapter for The PayTech Book and graduating from Said Business School FinTech course to understand new payment and fraud trends. I’m grateful that my efforts were appreciated by FinTech/Payments community and I’ll do my best sharing my knowledge and experience in the future to add my value into developing new safe payment ecosystem.”

Melike Belli, Market Development Manager at Cybertonica said:

“I’m excited and humbled to be shortlisted for the Young Innovator Award alongside with extremely talented women in FinTech. It’s also wonderful to see Cybertonica’s success and commitment to diversity is recognised as a finalist for FinTech Start-up of the Year Award and my colleague Ekaterina Safonova’s nomination for the FinTech/Payments Leader Award. Massive thanks to the judges, EWPN Founder Martha Mghendi-Fisher and all my colleagues at EWPN including Nadja van der Veer for their huge encouragement, creating valuable opportunities for women and championing diversity. I would like to congratulate all companies and individuals shortlisted and look forward to celebrating diversity and inclusion together on June 4th in Amsterdam!”

EWPN is a network for women in FinTech, cards, payments, banking and financial services in Europe. Operating in 20 countries, EWPN organises workshops and events that bring women together for industry-focused sessions to learn about issues and trends, network with peers and celebrate women’s achievements across the payments ecosystem.

EWPN will hold the awards dinner and ceremony on June 4th 2019 at The Hilton, Amsterdam. You can book your tickets to from this link, we look forward to seeing you at the European Women Payments Network 2019 Awards!

About Cybertonica

Cybertonica uses ML and AI to manage risk and fraud, increasing trust and growing frictionless banking and m/e-payments globally. Cybertonica’s service increases conversion and sales by up to 25% while managing card-not-present and other categories of fraud at world-class compliant standards. Cybertonica has won numerous distinctions and awards since its product came to market, including the Best Use of Payments Data Award at Emerging Payments Awards 2018 and Best Data Analytics & Science Award at Merchant Payments Ecosystem 2018 Awards. Cybertonica also became one of the two peer-selected winners of FinTech Europe 2018 Program, received the Best New Back Office Innovation Award at the Emerging Payments Awards 2017, selected as one of the European FinTech 100 companies, and identified among the 2017 top cybersecurity AI companies by CB Insights. To learn more, please visit

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