Fred Bär is an expert in the European payments industry.
As a partner in Payments Advisory Group since 2013, a business consultancy specialised on payments, he helps clients, in Europe and beyond, to develop strategies and business/IT change programmes and deal with regulatory compliance, in the rapidly developing field of payments. SEPA, PSD2, Instant Payments have been main themes. His clients range from banks, payment processors, to global NGO’s, corporates and fintech startups; and from the cash domain to e-commerce, electronic payments, wallets and mobile payments.
From 2006-2012, Fred worked in executive roles with clearing houses in Paris, Brussels and London. He also was President of EACHA from 2010-2012, an industry association he helped to found in 2006.
From 1999-2006 he was Executive Vice President at Interpay, where he led a.o. the Dutch automated clearing house. He was part of the team that realized a merger to form Equens, and served as board member in payments joint ventures and industry bodies.
In an industry role for the retail payments clearing industry, he currently serves as Secretary General of EACHA since 2012.
During his early career, he held management positions in telecom, energy and IT-companies.
Fred holds a degree in Econometrics and Monetary Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is married, has four children and lives in the Netherlands.