Nerissa Naidu

CEO, āxil

Nerissa is the co-founder and CEO of āxil, a fintech creating a smart wallet for small businesses. Prior to āxil, Nerissa has filled numerous senior executive roles in her two-decade corporate career, to manage and grow global businesses, provide board oversight, manage a 5000+ global workforce, and perform multinational strategic turnarounds in Fortune 100 companies. Nerissa was appointed as a board member to multiple businesses over the last 4 years. Her directive is to advise on the overall operating model, growth and revenue generation strategies as the businesses mature or gain strategic funding. As a native South African who grew up in Apartheid, Nerissa has been a proponent of equality and strives to break the mould of stereotypes in gender, race and professional norms. She has been a keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion, and chaired discussions on systemic inequality and racial injustice. Nerissa was selected as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2019 and featured in the Financial Times as a leader to watch.