FinTech Innovation Challenge Judge

Otto Williams

Head of Strategic Partnerships, FinTechs and Ventures for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Visa

Otto Williams heads Strategic Partnerships, Fintechs and Ventures for Visa’s Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region. His focus is in identifying, structuring and commercializing compelling payments experiences and opportunities with Fintechs and strategic partners to extend the reach of Visa’s payment network for consumers, merchants and banks throughout the CEMEA region.

Prior to his current role, Otto oversaw Visa’s partnerships with multinational eCommerce brands, technology platforms and device providers that include Samsung, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Pinterest, eBay, Fitbit, Garmin, amongst others.  He and his team launched global programs including Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay with Visa Tokenization, the Visa Ready Partner Program and Visa Checkout Open Platform.

Prior to joining Visa, Otto worked as a software engineer in various verticals, and then joined Cowen and Company as an investment banker where he covered technology, internet and media companies.

Otto holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering, and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley.