Akhil Handa

Chief Digital Officer, Bank of Baroda

Akhil Handa is a Business Leader, Digital Strategist, Digital business builder, Startup mentor and thinks about re/positioning BFSI to compete adequately in the fast changing digitised world.

Akhil is responsible for the strategic digital direction of Bank of Baroda as a Member of the Corporate Leadership Team at Bank of Baroda. BOB is the 3rd largest bank of India with over 160mn customers and 114 years of rich heritage. As the Chief Digital Officer, Akhil is responsible for digital transformation across the lines of businesses of the bank and owndership of the P&L- which is spread across the length and breadth of the country and has presence in 20 countries internationally. He oversees the digital payments business, digital platforms (Retail, SME, Agri), digital product engineering, digital channels (Mobile Banking, Internet Banking, Tablet Banking, WhatsApp Banking, ATMs/CRs), AI/Innovation and Fintech Partnerships. Akhil is a well-recognised digital influencer and is recognised amongst the top voices of the fintech industry in India. He is a published author, writing many thought pieces and also co-authoring a book - Transformational Leadership in Banking: Challenges of Governance, Leadership and HR in a Digital and Disruptive World

Akhil has many firsts to his credit - from the setup of a digital bank within a bank, first fintech vertical at a PSB, setup of the first-of-its-kind Innovation Centre in collaboration with IIT Mumbai focussing on Fintech. (BOB-IIT B Innovation Centre), fast mover on innovative digital lending businesses, amongst some. Akhil sits on various industry committees and government TaskForces and loves to share the joys and experiences of startup founders. Has recently setup a Podcast (bob World Podcast) which talks to leading Fintech founders about their trials and tribulations and jubilations.