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Lafferty Research Team


Our research team is headed up by David Hickey who, together with core in-house staff, is committed to delivering unrivalled research excellence. The core team is supplemented by key researchers around the globe.

Over the past 30 years, Lafferty has built up an extensive network of contacts in the cards and payments and retail banking sector through its research and publishing activities. This network is further enhanced by the Retail Banking Academy, our global Councils and OMFIF (the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum).

David Hickey
Head of Retail Banking and Cards and Payments Intelligence

David studied Mathematical Science at University College Dublin, graduating with an honours degree in 2005. Before joining Lafferty Group, David had six years' experience as a risk analyst in banking, responsible for derivative valuations and areas of market risk such as interest rate and currency risk.

Phathisani Khumalo
Head of E-commerce and Bespoke Research

Phathisani holds a master's degree in Political Economy from Sussex University. Before joining our team in 2010, Phathisani worked in primary research for a major financial services company in the UK. At Lafferty Group, he has focused on cards, payments and consumer credit research and analysis, mainly in the EMEA and Europe regions. Phathisani has also worked on bespoke research projects, gathering specific payments data and metrics on behalf of major clients.

Sisi Liao
Senior Research Advisor

Sisi holds a master's degree from the University of Cambridge, supported by a full scholarship. She also has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics. With a solid quantitative background and excellent analytical skills, Sisi quickly established herself as the company's expert on the global banking and payments industries. She has successfully delivered several bespoke projects to help clients determine company strategies.


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