Akita Somani has over 21 years of international experience in retail financial services and payments, with U.S. Bank (Elavon), Mastercard, Visa, Citi, Barclays and HSBC, across different roles in business transformation, propositions, strategy execution and business development. Having lived and worked in five different countries, she brings a rich understanding of markets at different stages of development, and diverse cultures, across Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa. She completed her Bachelors from Delhi University and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur
In her role as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion at U.S. Bank and a member of the Women in Payments ASEAN Advisory Board, Akita relentlessly drives constructive actions on building diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry. She was also shortlisted for the Women in Payments 2021 ‘Advocate for Women’ Award for EMEA.