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Thomas Helldorff

Thomas Helldorff has been working in the Airline and Payment domain for the last 13 year. His role with SITA (Airline IT systems and solution provider) was product manager for payment services and passenger mobile applications. Among his responsibilities is the development of a central payment platform for the air transport industry, linking airline distribution applications with the payment world. This service is also used by UATP for its next-generation authorization and settlement infrastructure. Thomas is currently working as Head of Innovation for DataCash, a MasterCard subsidiary.

Thomas started his career in the travel payment business in 1999 in Dublin when he joined CardBASE Technologies. He supported the development of a smart-card based passenger compensation system for British Airways. On returning to his home country Austria, he moved to the credit card industry. As a product manager with Europay Austria he led the introduction of MasterCard prepaid cards to the Austrian and German market. Introducing these prepaid cards to Austrian Airlines brought him back to the Airline Industry and eventually to his role with SITA.

Thomas studied at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Innsbruck, where he gained a Master’s Degree in International Economics and Business Studies. He is a Yachtmaster and a passionate photographer.

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