Vira Platonova receives The Future of Emerging Europe Award in ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’ category

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Friday, 24 September 2021 16:10

Nominations for the annual The Future of Emerging Europe Awards event acknowledge the best organizations and individuals for their significant contribution to the development of European countries

Georgia, Tbilisi – September 24, 2021 – Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager, CISSEE, Visa, has been recognized as the “Female Business Leader of the Year” by the prestigious international The Future of Emerging Europe Awards.

The annual Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards event, held in Brussels this year in a hybrid format, initiated a debate addressing the most important topics for a developing Europe. Organizers of the summit also recognized the best governments, organizations, and individuals for making significant contributions to the social, economic and democratic growth of the 23 countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus.

This year, there were 21 nominations in five major categories: People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace. Among them also were ‘Young Influencer of the Year’, ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’, as well as ‘Public Figure of the Year’. Kasia Madera, BBC World News journalist and summit co-founder Andrew Wrobel, announced winners on stage at the BluePoint Brussels convention center, near the European district of the Belgian capital.

For the inspiring success of Visa team in CISSEE region, constant support of women entrepreneurs and development of the next generation of leaders, Vira Platonova was recognized as the best in the category ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’. 

“We believe at Visa in gender equality and just access for all and everywhere. Supporting female leadership and equal career development in our organization, also investing into educational programs, and building communities of female entrepreneurs, we aim to support just and prosperous development of economy and society. On behalf of the Visa team, I am very proud to accept this award, that recognizes our efforts and input, and motivates us to do more,” stated Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager, CISSEE, Visa.

The voting process included several stages. After a comprehensive selection of applicants for the nomination, and following the open online public vote, the jury committee, as well as the team of The Future of Emerging Europe Awards, reviewed all candidates and made lists of those who best meet the criteria.

“Madeleine Albright once said that there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. That’s why women empowering women, especially those who have reached great success in their careers, which is particularly important especially in some of the male-dominated societies across emerging Europe. Women need to see more worthy role models, and such nominations contribute to this,” said Andrew Wrobel, Founding Partner of The Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards.

This year among many others nominations, the Professor Günter Verheugen Award, given to eminent individuals from outside emerging Europe who have contributed to the region’s prosperity and peace, has been given to Sir Suma Chakrabarti, former president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2012-2020). Professor Katalin Karikó (Hungary), whose work formed the basis of the Covid-19 vaccine, was given the Princess Marina Sturdza Award, that recognize distinguished individuals in the region who have contributed to its prosperity, science, culture and peace.

The full list of winners can be found on the website of The Future of Emerging Europe Awards.

Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards event is supported by the Emerging Europe Council, an independent advisory body to the board of directors of Emerging Europe, including leading opinion formers, senior business executives, scholars, heads of state and government, former senior representatives of international institutions, civil society and the world of diplomacy and art.

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About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, www.visa.com.ge,  https://www.facebook.com/VisaGeorgiaGE.

About Emerging Europe

Emerging Europe is a London-based intelligence, community, and news platform whose mission is to foster sustainable and innovation-driven social, economic, and democratic development of 23 countries of the region, spanning Central, North-eastern and South-eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

The Future of Emerging Europe – an online and offline debate shedding light on the challenges that the emerging Europe region is facing and highlighting the best solutions and initiatives helping overcome these challenges in five areas: people, planet, prosperity, partnerships, and peace (Sustainable Development Goals) linked to the Emerging Europe Awards.

Payze of Georgia is 2021 Winner of Visa Everywhere Initiative for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) Region

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Thursday, 10 June 2021 16:38

760 fintech applicants from CEMEA region entered the competition with innovative payment and commerce solutions to solve the payment challenges of tomorrow

Tbilisi, June, 10, 2021 – Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) Visa today announced the regional winners for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) in its Visa Everywhere Initiative, a global innovation program and competition for startups and fintech companies.

First place for CEMEA and $15,000 in prize money went to Payze of Georgia. Payze now advances to the global finals being held on September 14 with $100,000 in prizes available including $50,000 for the overall winner.

Founded in 2020 by Giorgi Tsurtsumia and Kakha Gelashvili, Payze is an innovator of financial transactions, helping businesses in CIS countries accept payments from around the world through a single integration. By April 2021 Payze has been processing more than serving more than 200 merchants growing 35% month over month in gross transaction volume.

“We are excited  and proud to share that the winner of Visa Everywhere Initiative in CEMEA is originated from Georgia. The fact that the Georgian startup became the main finalist of Visa Everywhere Initiative in CEMEA among 760 applicants proves that Georgia is not only the world’s leader in contactless payments, but also has a great influence on the world’s fintech map. We are proud, that Visa, leading the way in the development of cashless economy in Georgia and the Caucasus region, is an active initiator of a such range of programs and strives to create a stable cohesion between the ideas and their implementation connecting fintech companies and traditional players of the financial system all over the world. Success attend you during the finals, Payze!”,mentioned Diana Kiguradze, Country Manager for the Caucasus region.

Also honored at the June 9 CEMEA regional finals was Safepay of Pakistan, which took the Audience Favorite award and $10,000 in prize money. 

TechCrunch is a leading online publisher focused on the tech industry, being the heart of the global startup ecosystem. As a media partner of Visa Everywhere Initiative, TechCrunch hosted the CEMEA regional finals in the live-streamed format. Thanks to their continuing support, the finalist virtually presented their solutions to the payment challenges of tomorrow to an expert panel of judges.

The expert panel of judges included:

  • Shereen Abdulla, Senior Manager, DIFC Fintech Hive;
  • Neil Caldwell, Senior Vice-President, Head of Merchant Sales & Acquisitions, Visa CEMEA;
  • Ines Rocha, Director for Financial Products, SME Finance & Development Team, EBRD; 
  • Tad Tilahun, Senior Vice-President, Head of Products and Solutions, Visa CEMEA;
  • Otto Williams, Senior Vice-President, Head of Partnerships, Innovation & DigitalSolutions, Visa CEMEA;
  • Rena Zuabi, Value Creation, Disruptive Investments, Mubadala.

 "Winning Visa Everywhere Initiative is a testament of the hard work our team is putting forward, and we are extremely proud of this achievement. It was fascinating and at the same time challenging experience competing against the best startups in the region, but it was a growth point to us as a startup which has been contributing to the process of receiving and managing online payments of any tech company or person in the CIS region. We are grateful to Visa for providing all 760 applicants in CEMEA with this unique opportunity and believe that the tools and technologies Visa offers are crucial for the further development of payment ecosystem”, told Giorgi Tsurtsumia, co-founder, Payze.

The Visa Everywhere Initiative helps fintech innovators in two ways: as a program, it plugs them into the network of startups that our product teams from all over the world access when searching for solutions; and as a competition, it gives them a forum in which to make a pitch to a panel of payments experts, win prizes and gain wider attention.

The competition is tailored to startups and fintechs with great products already in market and gaining traction - and looking for an extra push from a global, trusted brand like Visa to gain scale.

In all, five companies advanced to the CEMEA regional finals. Besides Payze and Safepay, the other three finalists were:

  • Habtamu Tadesse, Founder & CEO, ArifPay, Ethiopia
  • Alexander Grishin, Executive Director, Corp.bank, Russia
  • Michael Femi Simeon, Co-Founder & CEO, VPD Money, Nigeria

The focus of this year’s competition is on products that deliver innovative payment and commerce solutions to consumers and businesses. These encompass the market areas of: Enablers of digital services and digital issuers; Digital issuance; Value-add for merchants and/or consumers in regard to finance; and Small to medium-sized business recovery. In overall more than 2000 applicants participated in the competition.

In the global finals, which will be live-streamed on TechCrunch, Payze will compete against regional winners from Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

About the Visa Everywhere Initiative

The Visa Everywhere Initiative is a global, open innovation program that tasks start-ups and fintechs to solve payment and commerce challenges of tomorrow, further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast network of partners. The program launched in the U.S. in 2015 and quickly expanded into a global program with more than 7,000 participating startups. To date, startups have collectively raised over $2.5 billion in funding, and the program has been activated on six continents - touching more than 100 countries. For more information, visit visa.com

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About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visa.com.ge, facebook.com/VisaGeorgiaGE

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Visa appoints Diana Kiguradze as Senior Director, Country Manager for Caucasus

Published in Society
Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:09

In her new role, Diana Kiguradze will focus on growing the electronic payments business in Georgia and Armenia by enhancing the value Visa provides to banks, merchants, and cardholders.

Tbilisi, Georgia – June 2, 2021 – Visa today announced the appointment of Diana Kiguradze as Senior Director, Country Manager for the Caucasus region. In her new role, Diana Kiguradze will focus on growing the electronic payments business in Georgia and Armenia by enhancing the value Visa provides to banks, merchants, and cardholders.

"We are pleased to introduce Diana Kiguradze as a new Country Manager in the Caucasus. Diana has demonstrated her dedication and passion alongside the team of professionals in the Caucasus region, and we have no doubt she will play a key role in accelerating Visa’s expansion in the region by driving our strategy forward,” said Vira Platonova, SVP, Group Country Manager for Visa, Ukraine, Georgia & CISSEE.

Diana came to Visa in 2018, and as a Business Development Director managed clients in Georgia and Armenia. Diana is a great contributor to the Caucasus strategy as a whole supporting Products and Marketing, Fintechs and Digital Payments with her energy, proactivity and passion that has helped deliver outstanding results. Diana has more than 15 years of experience in retail banking, sales, business development, cards and digital channels. Prior to joining Visa, she was leading TBC Bank’s Remote Sales department and Cards Development department in VTB Bank Georgia. Earlier she was managing Smart Club as well as leading cards and remote products sales in TBC.

In her new role, Diana Kiguradze replaces Cristina Doros, who recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with Visa and with extremely well-deserved recognition of her strong performance and professionalism has been promoted to VP, Country Manager for Central Asia and Azerbaijan.

“I am delighted to step into my new role at Visa and thankful for this exciting opportunity. Having worked closely with our business partners, clients, and regulators over the past years, I am proud of Visa's leading role in driving digital payments in Caucasus. In my new position, I plan to focus on expanding this heritage by introducing innovative digital payment products and solutions,”Diana Kiguradze said.

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About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visa.com.ge, facebook.com/VisaGeorgiaGE

News Release of the Visa Inc.

Press release: Visa Announces 2021 Edition of Visa Everywhere Initiative

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:51

Fintech companies from all over the world are invited to compete for a combined $125,000 in total prize money and a spotlight on the world stage

Tbilisi – February 10, 2021 – Visa announced the 2021 edition of the Everywhere Initiative – a global innovation program and competition for fintechs. This year, the focus is on expansion and accessibility, with Visa offering a one-stop experience to register and learn about upcoming opportunities and competitions – via the global website.

Fintechs started by everyone, everywhere will pitch their ideas in regional competitions to a panel of expert judges from across the payments industry. All applicants from Georgia are invited to compete first on a CEMEA stage to win a combined $25,000 in total prize and then on a global stage for a combined $100,000 in total prize money and to tell their companies’ stories.

Supporting companies across the globe who are building solutions that power seamless money movement everywhere is a top priority for Visa. We recognize fintechs as a force for innovation that is core to our business and encourage everyone to apply to Visa Everywhere Initiative. I am looking forward to seeing the many brilliant ideas from Georgia and across CISSEE this year,” noted Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager for Visa CISSEE.

Participants are invited submit applications in English to the CEMEA regional pitch before May 7, with the regional CEMEA finals scheduled for June 8 and global finals – for September 14, 2021.

Visa and TechCrunch will promote and host live-streamed and virtual events in North America, CEMEA and Latin America.

Participants can register and submit applications following the link: https://visaeverywhere.typeform.com/to/VxWIYB

About Visa Everywhere Initiative

The Visa Everywhere Initiative is a global, open innovation program that tasks start-ups and fintechs to solve payment and commerce challenges of tomorrow, further enhance their own product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa’s vast network of partners.

The program first launched in the U.S. in 2015 and quickly expanded into a global program with more than 7,000 participating startups. To date, startups have collectively raised over $2.5 billion in funding, and the program has been activated on six continents—touching more than 100 countries.

Prizes

Six monetary prizes will be awarded during the global finals event:

CEMEA Competition

Winner: $15,000 USD

Audience Favorite: $10,000 USD

The CEMEA winner will participate in the Global Competition

Global Competition

Overall Winner: $50,000 USD

Audience Favorite: $25,000 USD

2nd Place: $15,000 USD

3rd Place: $10,000 USD

Visa does not ask for any equity from Visa Everywhere Initiative competitors as part of this competition.

Who should apply for the Visa Everywhere Initiative?

Visa is looking for creative minds who are solving the payments and commerce challenges faced by businesses of all sizes and sectors, including but not limited to:

Enabler of Digital Services and Digital Issuers

  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Crowdfunding
  • Banking as a Services
  • BIN Sponsors
  • Issuer / Processors
  • Program Managers

Digital Issuance:

  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Alternative Lending
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Money Transfer & Remittance
  • Digital Banking (aka Neo Banks)
  • Digital Wallets, P2P &Transfers
  • Employee Benefits
  • Payables
  • Corporate Cards (aka expense management)

Value-Add for Merchants and/or Consumers when it comes to Finance

  • Data & Analytics
  • ID, Authentication & Security
  • InsurTech
  • Loyalty
  • Merchant Services & Tools
  • Process & Pay Infrastructure
  • Retail Technology
  • Other

      Small/Medium -Sized Business Recovery

  • Money Movement (disbursements, Intra-account, p2pvendor, payments)
  • Acceptance (e-commerce, mobile acceptance)
  • Risk Management (chargebacks, etc.)
  • Brand Management (Community building, etc.)
  • Other

For more details, please visit http://visa.com/everywhereinitiative

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visa.com.ge, facebook.com/VisaGeorgiaGE

Visa announced the appointment of Cristina Doros as Visa Country Manager for Caucasus Region

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 16:44

Kyiv, Ukraine – July 4, 2019 - Visa today announced the appointment of Cristina Doros as Visa Country Manager for Caucasus region. In her new role, Cristina Doros will focus on growing the electronic payments business in Caucasus region by increasing Visa’s footprint in these markets, and enhancing value it provides to banks, merchants, and cardholders.

We are excited to announce the appointment of Cristina Doros to the position of Country Manager of Caucasus. With proven management and leadership skills, an in-depth knowledge of payments and a strong understanding of the regional business, I am confident that Cristina will lead the business to greater heights reflecting the importance we place on the countries of Caucasus region,” said Vira Platonova, SVP, Group Country Manager for Visa CISSEE.

Cristina Doros brings more than 20 years of experience in retail banking, information technology, innovations, cards and mobile payments. Since 2016, Cristina joined Visa to lead the regional Core Products team, and has been acting Vice-President, head of Solutions, Visa CISSEE since 2019 overseeing Core products (Debit, Credit and Premium), Loyalty platform development, Digital Solutions and Push Payments, all foundational for the proliferation of electronic payments. Remarkable milestones of Cristina’s professional successes include enhancement of Premium benefits, launch of Loyalty program in Ukraine and Belarus, contribution to launching Tap to Phone SME technology, etc.

After my fascinating experience as a head of Visa CISSEE Products team, I am thrilled to lead Visa business in the Caucasus region. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to bring more innovations and benefits to our clients and partners and to strengthen our presence in the market, shaping the future of payments and driving innovations across the region.”- CristinaDoros said.

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About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

For more information, visit About Visa, visa.com/blog and @VisaNews.

 

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Visa Appoints new Country Manager for its Operations in Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine

Published in World
Monday, 15 February 2016 21:55

Visa (NYSE:V), a global leader in payments, today announced the appointment of Dmytro Krepak as Country Manager for Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. He was previously country manager for Ukraine, and now assumes overall responsibility for a reorganized cluster within Visa’s CIS and South-East European business. “By joining Georgia and Armenia together with Ukraine under one management structure, each country can benefit from lessons learned in the implementation of new payments technology and advantage from quicker decisions from one leadership team,” said Mandy Lamb Group Country Manager for CIS & South-East Europe. ”Georgia and Ukraine are among the most enthusiastic and successful adopters of technology in the wider region, so we anticipate this will help our financial institution  and merchant partners in all three countries accelerate away from cash into more reliable, secure and innovative forms of payment.”  
Krepak will be responsible for overall strategy in Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia, including business development, resource optimization and building long-term relationships with clients, regulators and other key stakeholders to drive the adoption of cashless payments in all three countries.  
He will continue to be based in the regional headquarters in Kiev and travel extensively to Georgia and Armenia. Visa has strong in-market teams based in Kiev and Tbilisi which will continue to run day-to-day operations in all three countries.
Dmytro Krepak has more than 15 years international experience in banking and financial institutions in the United States of America, Russia and Ukraine. He joined Visa from Kredobank, Lvov (PKO Bank Polski Group) where he was the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Management Board for more than three years. Prior to that Dmytro spent six years’ leading the retail business, strategy and projects at First Ukrainian International Bank and Raiffaisen Bank Aval.

About Visa:
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more than 56,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products.
For more information, visit: www.corporate.visa.com

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