Karl Tlais

Karl Tlais

Advisor at Velocity Black

Startupbootcamp FinTech Cairo Mentor

Karl is the Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Innovation Group at Visa for Central Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Based in Dubai, UAE Karl leads Visa’s Innovation Strategic Partnerships, Business Development and Visa Venture Program in the region covering market influencers, key government and enterprise clients, ecosystem partners and FinTechs.

Karl is a strategic business and thought leader with over 23 years ICT global experience building market presence and driving revenue in high growth markets across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

Karl most recently was Head of Strategic Partnerships for Visa’s Innovation and Strategic Partnership Group for Central Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Based in Dubai, Karl lead Visa’s Strategic Digital Partnerships, Business Development, FinTech and Venture investments in the region covering market influencers, key government and enterprise clients, ecosystem partners Smart Cities and FinTech.

Prior to joining Visa, Karl held leadership roles with several multinational corporations. Karl led Microsoft’s Enterprise Partnership and Business Development Team, where he was responsible for Microsoft’s alliances and regional enterprise partner strategy for the Middle-East and Africa region. He also led Cisco’s Service Provider Cloud & Managed Services Go-To-Market strategy for the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific region.

Karl’s background includes over a decade based in Sydney, Australia where he held senior roles with service providers, systems integrators and vendors such as SingTel Optus, Vodafone, and Solution 6 covering the Asia Pacific region.

In this time, he has established strong global alliances with ecosystem partners, service providers, government entities and enterprises, demonstrating a deep understanding of the cultural diversities related to the business environment across local, regional and global markets.

Karl is a member of the board selection committee and mentor/coach for the Dubai Smart City Accelerator and Visa’s executive committee sponsor for the Dubai International Financial Center Fintech Hive Accelerator (a public-private partnership with regional/multinational financial institutions).

Karl’s other appointments include with London based Velocity Black (https://velocity.black) as Advisor to the board and Non-Executive Director of global OTA Fly365 (https://fly365.com).   

Karl has a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.