Wed, Dec 30 2020 to Wed, Dec 30 2020
The Entrepreneur in Conversation series facilitates interactive discussions with role model entrepreneurs and professionals creating lasting impact through innovative solutions. The talks will focus on resilient and pathbreaking entrepreneurial journeys—failures, challenges, and successes—to inspire, motivate and educate us all to find solutions to Pakistan’s biggest challenges.
Date: Wednesday, December 30 on Facebook Live
Time: 9:00am PKST
Qasif Shahid is CEO and Co-Founder of Finja, a fintech start-up, and member, NICL Foundation Council. Specialising in driving change and innovation through the introduction of new-age retail banking products, services, and solutions, Qasif co-founded Finja and helped monetize future oriented business ventures through this venture.
Founded in 2016, Finja was backed by leading global venture capital funds including Sweden based Vostok Emerging Finance, BeeNext, and Washington based, Quona Capital. It aims to provide an ecosystem for integrated financial services, with a special focus on lending to MSMEs (micro, small, & medium enterprises). Finja has now evolved into a consumer-facing platform focused on digitising payments, collections, and providing lending products to MSMEs.
Recently, Finja became the first Fintech to obtain two regulatory licenses, an EMI (Electronic Money Institutions) license under the ambit of the State Bank of Pakistan, and a fully function lending license for an NBFC (non-bank financial company) under the SECP.
Qasif has been associated with the Fintech industry for almost two decades. Prior to setting up Finja, he served as the Head of Digital Channels at ABN AMBRO Singapore; Head of Electronic Channels, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan; and Head of Digital Banking and Business Development at MCB.
His career at these organisations spanned conceiving, building, marketing, managing, and growing digital led payment businesses. He helped build supporting delivery channels such as ATMs/CDMs, Point-of Sale Terminals, E-commerce channels, branch, and service centre management. Qasif played an instrumental role in forging cross-industry alliances and in developing partnerships with payment associations, technology solution providers, outsourcing entities, and in working closely with the regulators.