Viswanadh Akella

Avishkar (Ash) Sharma is Head of Crypto Partnerships at One of the world's biggest fintechs,'s mission is to enable businesses and their communities to thrive in the digital economy. With over 1,800 employees and 19 offices around the world, its flexible payments platform and local expertise power some of the world’s most innovative companies and established global brands.

Ash joined in 2021 to lead the company’s network of global crypto partnerships. He has more than a decade of experience in the payments and financial services sectors across multiple geographies. Ash is passionate about enabling tangible innovation in the crypto space, and has a deep knowledge of product strategy, commercial partnerships and business development. Before joining, he drove global crypto and fintech issuing partnerships in Visa, and prior to that spent 7 years at Citibank Treasury and Trade in Australia and the UK. As one of the leaders driving the innovation in the field, Ash has great insights into the key payment and fintech trends in Europe and globally.