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Fuze Appoints Akshay Chopra to Board, Boosting Digital Asset Infrastructure in MENA

Fuze appoints industry expert Akshay Chopra to its board, leveraging his extensive experience in finance, payments, and digital technology to accelerate the growth of digital asset infrastructure in the MENA region and beyond.

The digital asset infrastructure provider has welcomed Chopra at a time for rapid growth.

He is a prominent angel investor, fintech patent holder, and founder and managing partner of 237 Ventures, which builds, invests in, and advises startups. He also serves on the boards of MENA FinTech Association and Numuun.io.

At Visa, Chopra also built and led the innovation and design teams serving more than 90 countries in Visa’s fastest growing region (CEMEA), and also oversaw blockchain solutions in the region.

He also spent more than eight years in Singapore, leading a multinational team of experts, before spending nearly five years in Dubai heading Visa’s Innovation Centres. He was also responsible for introducing models that solved intricate challenges by combining design thinking, management consulting and analytics.

Prior to his time at Visa, Chopra held senior roles at Deloitte, CEB (now Gartner) and S&P Global. As an angel investor, he currently holds investments in a variety of innovative businesses, which operate out of the UAE, USA, India, Singapore, France and Nigeria.

His extensive experience across finance, payments, cryptocurrency and digital technology, is expected to prove valuable in helping startups to navigate the challenges of scaling their innovative and transformational ideas.

Greater opportunities

Mo Ali Yusuf, CEO and co-founder of Fuze, says Chopra’s strong knowledge and network within the industry will enable greater opportunities for Fuze as it continues to scale.

“Akshay brings a wealth of experience and will help us accelerate our strategy across the region and beyond. By bringing Akshay onto our Board, we add another great mind who can add deep insight, guide our approach and ultimately support our rapid growth. We hold a shared vision to transform the future of finance through digital assets and together we can spark innovation and adoption across this exciting asset class.”

Akshay Chopra also commented: “We have only just scratched the surface of blockchain use cases in financial services. Fuze is an exciting business that is building crucial digital assets infrastructure that will enable this environment. I’m passionate about driving the adoption of transformational financial technology that solves real world problems. With the right team and technology to support banks, institutions and fintechs, Fuze is completely changing the game for digital assets and I’m thrilled to embark on this journey.”

Recently, Chopra assumed the role of co-chair for the MENA Fintech Association’s payments working group, known as SHIFT. This follows his appointment to the MFTA’s Board in 2023.

Driven by a solutions-based approach, Fuze helps financial services providers to strategise, organise and implement digital assets infrastructure and quickly, securely launch regulated products.

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