Opportunities With Visa in Fintech in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa by Richie Santosdiaz for The Fintech Times
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Opportunities With Visa in Fintech in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa

Visa is one of the world’s most recognisable brands, not just in payments but probably globally as a whole. Its role in digital transformation in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is becoming evident. 

Dubai, the commercial hub of not only the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but much of MEA as a whole, is the regional headquarters of the Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) operations of Visa. As in the rest of the world, fintech has been a valuable part in our daily activities. In particular, what has been going on with respect to the current and future fintech collaborations with Visa in the CEMEA region?

The Fintech Times exclusively speaks one-on-one with Otto Williams, Senior Vice President, Head of Partnerships, Innovation and Digital Solutions CEMEA at Visa.

Watch the full interview below with Otto Williams:

Otto Williams is SVP, Head of Partnerships, Innovation and Digital Solutions for Visa Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.  

His focus is on driving payment platforms expansion with regional and global partners, overseeing new solutions development and establishing Visa as the Fintech partner of choice in the CEMEA region. 

Otto has also led Visa’s partnerships with multi-national eCommerce brands, device providers, and technology platforms that include Samsung, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Pinterest, eBay, Fitbit, Garmin, among others. Otto and his team have launched global programs including Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Fitbit Pay and Microsoft Wallet with Visa Tokenization, Visa Ready Partner Program and Visa Checkout Open Platform 

Prior to Visa, Otto served as a software engineer, and as an investment banking associate at Cowen and Company where he covered technology, internet and media companies. Otto holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. 


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