Mr. Akbar Poonawala is a Co-Founder at Pivot Investment Partners. His primary areas of focus include payments, transaction processing, risk and compliance solutions, alternative credit, wealth management platforms, capital markets technology, and insurance technology. He has more than 25 years of experience in transaction processing, banking, and related financial services at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Company. He has held a variety of leadership roles including building discrete businesses globally, driving client origination and client management organizations, and developing innovative business strategies. Before co-founding Pivot Investment Partners, he was Managing Director and the Regional Head for the Americas of Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking. In this capacity, he led the growth of this business to over $1 billion of revenues in Cash Management, Trade Finance, and Trust & Securities Services targeting both Corporate and Financial Institutions clients throughout the Americas. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and the top 1% of his class with a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and an undergraduate degree in Advanced Accounting from Poona University in India.