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Dr. Arif Ahmed

U.S. Bank
SVP Emerging Payments & Tech Innovation
Arif Ahmed is the SVP of Emerging Payments & Tech Innovation at U.S. Bank. His current area of focus is on the digital transformation of the payments business through identification and exploration of new opportunities and building of relevant eco-system partnerships. Prior to U.S. Bank, Arif worked at MPOWER Venture/Rev Worldwide –a VC & a group of fintech companies focused on emerging financial services– where he held various executive roles ranging from heading product and technology for the global prepaid card business to heading individual portfolio companies. Prior to MPOWER, Arif was the Group Head of Strategic Initiatives & Business Development at United Bank, one of the largest banks in Pakistan, with an international footprint. In these roles, he has been responsible for a number of key ‘first-ever’ initiatives in digital transformation, digital and real-time payments, payment cards issuance and acceptance, branchless banking, digital cross-border remittances, conversational interaction, AI and machine learning-based fraud and risk management, and more. Prior to these roles, Arif held various technical and strategy & business development roles at Motorola and 3Com. Arif has an MBA in Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and obtained his B.S. and PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.