Asad U. Shah - PhD.

Asad U. Shah - PhD.

Social Entrepreneur and M-Payments Seer

San Francisco Bay Area
Financial Services
  1. Activa Financial Inc.,
  2. International Commission on Workforce Development,
  3. Paplion Technologies LLC
  1. United Nations GAID,
  2. Trade Development Network,
  3. Paybox Ltd.
  1. Company Website
  2. Social side
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25+ years of experience in product innovation, technology management and strategic planning in signaling, intelligent and communication networks, including diverse entrepreneurial & corporate experience in the financial and ICT industry like Mobile Payments, SaaS, trading platforms, LC automation, eCommerce, Contactless, and Wireless Payments.

Currently, CEO at Activa Financial Inc. a next gen mobile payments & banking startup. Founding CEO of three technology firms and also serving as Member Strategy Council of the United Nations GAID and Chairman International Commission on Workforce Development.

Specialties: Technology design and implementation, business models and development, strategy, financial services, Mobile Banking technologies, Mobile Payments Strategy, Mobile Payments for the Unbanked, Branchless Banking, Mobile applications and services, Near Field Communication (NFC), USSD, M-Parking, M-Government, local and cross border remittances, Intelligent Multiplexers, thin route communications architecture & innovative corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.


  • CEO & Founder

    Activa Financial Inc.
    – Present (4 years 4 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    Through Activa's Nexus360 mobile banking and payments platform end users (banked and unbanked) can convert any mobile phone or card into a payment instrument.
    Our Unified Omnichannel Next Gen platform is cell phone make/model and Telco agnostic and allows anyone to to send and receive payments, access special value-added banking services through any channel (SMS, USSD, NFC, IVR, GPRS, INTERNET, Smartphone, QR Codes, etc. ) top-up their cell phones, pay their bills, purchase items from any shop or service, send /pay money to each other locally or cross-border.
    We are currently working on disruptive technology for the financial sector that will change how people interact with their banks and finances.

  • Chairman

    International Commission on Workforce Development
    – Present (12 years 9 months)

    The International Commission on Workforce Development (“ICWFD”) is a California based 501(c)3 Non-Profit public charity organization that is enabling the workforce of G77 Developing Countries and disadvantaged sectors of countries with developed economies to compete in the current and future global economy.
    ICWFD has launched a number of skills development programs and has trained over 3 million people for FREE in high end IT and professional development - 21st century employability skills through e-learning. We have a corporate social responsibility program that is a best practice and has been nominated as a UN flagship initiative and can be deployed by companies in-house or nationally. It has the best ROI on CSR and capacity building initiatives and we welcome organizations who wish to leverage it.
    ICWFD also has Consultative Status with UNDESA.

  • CEO

    Paplion Technologies LLC
    – Present (14 years 2 months)

    Offshore Software Development and BPO service provider facilities offering Embedded Solutions, Desktop Distributed Solutions, IT Consultancy, Device Automation Solutions, Internet Solutions,Offshore IT Team, Remote Administration, Offshore Data Processing, Interactive Multimedia.

  • Member Strategy Council

    United Nations GAID
    (4 years 4 months)

    What is GAID?
    The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), an initiative approved by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, was launched after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities and academia.
    While the 2005 United Nations Summits emphasized the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there was a need for a truly global forum that would comprehensively address cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development.

  • Founder

    Trade Development Network
    (3 years 10 months)

    Trade Development Network's core focus is international trade. TDN provides information and software tools that allow manufacturers, importers, exporters, banks, Chambers of Commerce, and logistics providers to automate and manage the complexity of their global trade, letters of credit, compliance and logistics processes. TDN was acquired in 2009

  • Managing Director & CEO

    Paybox Ltd.
    (2 years)

    Paybox Ltd. was a Joint Venture between Paybox Germany and Paplion. Paybox delivered solutions to financial institutions, mobile and fixed line operators, distributors and customer brands, MVNOs and ISPs.Paybox enterprise solutions are deployed in more than fifteen markets across Europe, South and North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Paybox Solutions AG (Germany) was acquired by Sybase in 2009.

  • CEO and Founder

    Schmetterling Technologien
    (3 years)

    ST develops investment intelligence and decision-support software for the PC and all Mobile Phones/Pocket PC's, PDA's, etc. using Windows CE as the Operating System. It is one of the pioneers to apply mathematical models and artificial intelligence to stock market investment decision support. The company's commercial software product- "Aimotionless Investment Manager" (A[e]IM) runs on both platforms and is state of the art in this area and is an emotion-free, motorized way to automatically buy low and sell high.
    Schmetterlingtech was acquired in 2008.

  • Solutions Architect - Core Banking

    (2 years 9 months)Geneva Area, Switzerland

    • Lead the architectural initiatives
    • Development and maintenance of architecture library
    • Managed infrastructural portfolio for entire CB implementation and migration to ES/9000 & 9X2

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Chairman

    International commission on workforce development
    – Present (15 years)Education

Opportunities Asad is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Asad cares about:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Science and Technology




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