Emőke Péter acts as representative of the European Digital Payments Industry Alliance (EDPIA) in the EC Payment Systems Expert Group, as Board Member of Brussels Binder and Head of European Public and Regulatory Affairs at Worldline. Boasting over 6 years of experience at the European Commission, where she served as a Policy Officer for the EU Elections Coordination amongst other roles, Emőke develops and realizes policy strategies related to the future of money, technology, and digital payments in Europe and globally.  Her hobby is basketball, and she is passionate about strategic communication.

Emoke Peter
Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs at Worldline, a founding-member of EDPIA

Emoke’s Story: Discovering my passion for associations

My main inspiration to work within the international association was the power of collective action. Individually, we may have limited influence, but by coming together in associations, we can amplify our voices and have a greater impact on the issues that matter to us. Associations in Brussels are more powerful than individual companies because they bring together the collective voice and resources of their members to advocate for common goals. Working in the international association can be a fulfilling and rewarding career path for those who are passionate about making a difference and effecting positive change. She would certainly encourage others to join forces if they are interested in working towards a common goal and making a meaningful impact.

Emoke’s Approach: How to #InspireInclusion through our work and actions

She dedicated the first part of my career to diversity, inclusion, and gender equality policy development in the European Commission and national governments. Belonging to an ethnic minority myself, inclusion, fairness, and equity were core values since my childhood. She tries to bring this inclusive mindset and approach to the financial technology sector, advocating for women’s rights and underrepresented groups. By fostering an open and collaborative environment, she trusts to have contributed to advancing EDPIA’s advocacy efforts in an inclusive manner, informed by a broad range of viewpoints and experiences. By taking a proactive and intentional approach to promoting inclusion, associations can create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all members.

Emoke’s Perspective: On the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion for associations

Without diversity, there is no innovation. By embracing diversity, associations can benefit from a wider range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences, leading to more creative and effective problem-solving. Equity ensures that all members have equal opportunities to participate and contribute, while inclusion fosters a sense of belonging and engagement among members. Together, these principles help to create a vibrant and dynamic community that is better equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Diversity and inclusion are essential in Brussels decision-making forums and policy debates to ensure that policy debates are more representative, fair, and effective. When the same individuals or groups dominate the conversation, it can lead to a narrow and limited understanding of the issues at hand. By bringing diverse voices to the table, we can challenge the status quo, introduce new ideas, and promote more inclusive and equitable solutions.

Emoke’s Initiatives: Actions and Inspirations for fellow association leaders

In general, hiring people who increase team diversity and who possess intersectional backgrounds is the number one factor that can create diversity in associations. Here are some of Emoke’s achievements and recent contributions to DEI:

  1. Emoke has been a driving force in shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion through her policy and regulatory approach. Through her work at the Directorate-General for Justice & Consumers in the Commission, she played a pivotal role in several policy initiatives in the field of non-discrimination and diversity. Her contributions include supporting the creation of post-2020 National Roma Integration Strategies and contributing to guidelines for Diversity Charters, which help organizations commit to promoting diversity and equal opportunities for their staff. Emoke’s efforts have made a significant impact in advancing non-discrimination, diversity, and equality policies.

In addition to her work in the Commission, Emoke has also been actively involved in several NGOs that promote DEI values:

  1. As the Project Director of the UN Youth Association Romania, she worked to promote these values among Romanian youth, society, and international communities.
  2. Emoke also led the Gender Working Group of the Federation of Young European Greens, the official youth wing of the European Green Party, between 2016-2017.
  3. Emoke’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion extends to the field of AI as well. As the Head of AI Ethics at Women in AI, a nonprofit initiative that aims to increase the representation of women in AI globally, she equipped female AI experts with the necessary knowledge of AI ethics.
  4. Emoke is also a Board Member of the Brussels Binder, an organization that promotes gender balance in policy debates by providing a database of female policy experts to ensure diverse perspectives are represented.