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

Published in Culture
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.

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

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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 appoints Vira Platonova as Senior Vice President, CISSEE Group Country Manager

Published in World
Friday, 28 September 2018 13:54

Tbilisi – 28 September 2018 - Visa Inc. today announced that Vira Platonova will rejoin the company as Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager for Visa CISSEE, effective October 22, 2018. Platonova, who worked for Visa from 2007-2010 in Ukraine, will oversee all Visa operations  in seventeen markets across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southeast Europe. She will report to Visa’s Regional President of CEMEA, Andrew Torre, and join Visa’s Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) regional management team.

Platonova is a highly experienced executive in the payment systems and retail banking sectors. Her seventeen-year career includes strategy development and implementation, business development and operational management. Vira joins Visa from MasterCard, where she was the General Manager for the company’s representative office in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Central Asia for more than eight years.  

“We are delighted to welcome Vira back to our team,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President, CEMEA, for Visa. “Vira brings an enviable record of building strong teams and lasting partnerships across the payments landscape, as well as the strategic leadership that is expected of a global industry leader like Visa. Her appointment is also a signal to the market of our commitment to drive digitization through the delivery of innovative products and services for the benefit of our financial institution clients, cardholders, merchants and government partners.”

“I am excited to rejoin Visa during this exciting milestone in its history, when it celebrates its 60th anniversary. I believe that Visa across CISSEE, as well as globally, is uniquely positioned to help reshape consumer experiences and lead the future of commerce,” said Vira Platonova. “The seventeen markets comprising CISSEE have tremendous potential not only for business growth but also to deploy new technology and business models. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to come into a great organization, a global leader in payments, with the room to shape the way we think about our future locally, projecting our global ambition to the countries we serve.”

As part of Visa CEMEA’s regional management team, Platonova will also represent CISSEE within the regional and global Visa network, ensuring that best practice from other markets can be offered to the regional payment ecosystem.

About Visa Inc.

isa 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 www.corporate.visa.com, www.visasoutheasteurope.com, https://www.facebook.com/VisaGeorgiaGE, www.visanewscissee.com

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