MENA Fintech Association (MFTA), a leading industry association for fintech in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, announced that Akshay Chopra, Vice President, Head of Innovation & Design, CEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, ME & Africa) at Visa, has joined its advisory board.
Akshay brings over 16 years of experience across Asia-Pacific and CEMEA, with a focus on driving inclusive innovation and next-gen product development in payments and commerce. Akshay also holds 7 FinTech patents and is a serial venture investor in tech startups. In his role at Visa, he leads a team responsible for developing and executing the innovation strategy for the CEMEA region. Akshay has also been instrumental in driving adoption of new payment technologies such as tokenization, contactless payments, small merchant solutions and mobile wallets.
“We are thrilled to welcome Akshay to our advisory board,” said Nameer Khan, Chairman of Mena Fintech Association. “His extensive experience in fintech and innovation will be invaluable to the fintechs in MENA and the wider community, as we work to promote the growth and development of the fintech ecosystem in the MENA region.”
As a member of the advisory board, Akshay will provide strategic guidance and support to MFTA, as well as help drive dialog with industry leaders and stakeholders. He will also play a key role in shaping the future of fintech in the MENA region.
“MENA’s FinTechs are poised to transform real lives and businesses,” said Akshay. When these innovators act with ingenuity and an inclusive mindset, everybody wins. MFTA has played a key role in building the region’s preeminent FinTech community; I am honored to support its objectives and foster the ecosystem’s growth.”