Jan Pilbauer

Jan Pilbauer

Jan has over 15 years of experience in the payments industry, with a consistent record of delivering impactful national initiatives and transformations. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Al Etihad Payments, he leads the team transforming and modernizing the payments ecosystem in the UAE, including the recent launch of a new instant payments platform called Aani.

Before his role at Al Etihad Payments, Jan was the Chief Executive Officer at BankservAfrica, Africa’s largest clearing house, where he successfully implemented a number of transformative initiatives, including PayShap, a cloud-based domestic instant payments scheme in South Africa. Jan was also at the genesis of Canada’s payments modernization journey, having worked at Payments Canada as the Executive Director & Chief Information Office.

Before joining the wold of digital payments, Jan held executive positions at various central banks, including Bank of Canada, Bank for International Settlement and the Czech National Bank, leading mission critical initiatives in the areas of Currency and Information Technology.

With this track record, Jan continues to make significant contributions to the global payments industry, leveraging his deep understanding of technology and driving cross-sector collaboration, innovation and broad-scale transformation. He is passionate about financial technology and financial inclusion.