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Abhishant Pant

Abhishant Pant is a Mumbai-based India-market Fintech expert. His specialization has been in working with repaid, Travel Forex, Mobile Money, Fintech's (Lending, KYC, and Payments) and Government initiatives of Financial Inclusion for the bottom of the pyramid.


His Leadership positions in the Payments domain cover

  • Sr. Director and Head of FI for India and SA with Visa
  • Head of Strategy and wholesale business with M-Pesa
  • Payments and Cash Management specialist for corporate banking with HSBC

He's known as the Fintech evangelist & has spoken about the Indian Fintech landscape at :

  • The UN-G20 (As the Indian market FinTech Expert)
  • Meeting with the British Minister of Digital, Culture and Youth
  • Swedish Govt Agency Swedish Institute (Stockholm)
  • Lectures at NUS, AIM, IIM, IITs and TEDx Talks, Banking conferences in India & abroad

As Mentor

His Associations as Mentor and Faculty

  • Mentoring via Incubators like Barclays Rise, Zone Startups, and FinTech Startup boot-camp.
  • Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore and Lucknow
  • Writing regularly on Fintech landscape opportunities and challenges.
  • Advisory board member to SP Jain Fintech program

Noteworthy Moments

  • Presented M-Pesa India to the PM of India during the launch of PMJDY
  • Named TOP100 Fintech Professionals in Asia by Singapore based Next Money

Advisory Capacity

  • He is on board of SP Jain Global Management Institute's Fintech program and helped in the creation of India's first Fintech certification program.
  • He is associated as Faculty on Fintech with IIM-L and IIM-Bangalore

The Cashles Journey

The Cashless Journey is an experiment initiated by Abhishant with the intention to understand, document and disseminate information on the challenges and opportunities in consumer movement from cash to a digital economy. His belief is to learn by living it. The cashless journey experiment began on 13th March 2016, from Mumbai, India.

In a short span of 2 years, he covered the length and breadth of India and also visited Dhaka, Singapore, Manila, Berlin, Stockholm, and San Francisco. His journey continues till date. Abhishant received wide media coverage for the Cashless Journey both in India and globally. He was covered by - BBC, Al Jazeera, Dagens Nyheter, Fin Radio Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, NDTV, Zee News, India News, Mid-Day, etc as the Cashless Man of India.

This journey has been viewed more than 10 million times on various social media platforms and news channels. Some of the prominent coverage includes:

To know more and to join this Journey Connect with Abhishant On LinkedIn: Abhishantpant