Akshay Chopra, Vice President & Head of Innovation, CEMEA at Visa
Akshay serves as Head of Innovation for Visa for 90+ countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). He leads teams of design thinkers, engineers, and digital commerce specialists based in Visa’s Innovation Centre in Dubai and Visa’s Innovation Studio in Moscow. The Innovation & Design team co-creates new commerce experiences and products with banks, internet companies, FinTechs and merchants across the region.
Akshay holds 8 global patents in the FinTech and payments space, and has served in various digital leadership capacities in Asia-Pacific and EMEA. He has played a key the role in the development of numerous commercially successful products in eCommerce and digital banking. A veteran digital and product development expert, Akshay and his teams have run over 200 co-creation sprints with diverse partners.
Prior to his current role, Akshay was a founding member of Visa’s Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre in Singapore, where he served as Senior Director and led client co-creations. Prior to Visa, Akshay co-founded and led the Deloitte Greenhouse in Southeast Asia, a joint initiative between the Singapore government and Deloitte, focused on analytics-driven innovation. Before Deloitte, Akshay served as Director, Emerging Markets at Gartner, and started his career at Standard & Poor’s.
A frequent keynote speaker and panellist in eminent forums, Akshay’s thought leadership has been published in some of the leading journals across Asia and EMEA. Several of Akshay’s projects, including the Visa Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre and Deloitte Greenhouse, have received innovation accolades and awards.
Akshay holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi.