As an accomplished Financial Services executive, Akbar brings over two decades of senior-level financial services experience, of growing, managing, and scaling global tech-enabled banking businesses at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Company.
His subject-matter expertise ranges across various segments of wholesale finance given his experience as: Head of Global Securities Lending Operations, Head of Asian Business Development for the Trust & Agency business, Head of Global Equity Services business with 10 international locations, and 900+ Corporate and FI clients, Head of DB Americas’ Global Transaction Banking, where he led the growth of the business to $1B+ in revenues. He also served on the DB Americas Executive Committee, the Global GTB Executive Committee, and the DB Americas Diversity Committee.
In January 2014, along with two former DB colleagues, Akbar launched a FinTech-focused growth stage investment firm, Pivot Investment Partners. He leads the firm’s efforts in identifying transformative B2B companies in InsureTech, WealthTech, and Institutional Capital Markets. He is currently (or has served as) a Board Member at Bold Penguin, Cape Analytics, Cowbell Cyber, Droit Financial Technologies, dv01, Earnest Research, and Snapsheet – all companies where Pivot has led or participated in financing rounds.
With a background in building discrete businesses globally, driving client origination, and developing innovative business strategies, Akbar has a deep passion and understanding of how to effectively lead a technology-driven financial services organization.
Areas of Expertise
Institutional capital markets, transaction and securities processing, wealth management, compliance & regulatory technology, cash management and payments, trade finance, venture capital, business development, disruptive technology and business models.
Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
Masters of Business Administration, New York University, Stern School of Business (Beta Gamma Sigma)
Masters of Business Administration in Marketing, Poona University (India)
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Poona University (India)