Validus, Southeast Asia’s leading all-in-one SME business account and financing platform, today announced the appointment of Anshul Johri as Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective 5 April 2023.
Anshul brings over 17 years of technology expertise in driving growth and scale for startups and large companies across various industries, and is responsible for leading the technology strategy across the region to propel Validus into its next phase of growth.
Prior to joining Validus, Anshul spent 6 years as Head of Engineering at Indonesian unicorn Traveloka, where he scaled Traveloka’s financial services products such as payment platform, digital wallet, buy now pay later (BNPL), insurance and wealth management. Anshul’s experience spans across e-commerce, travel, and fintech industries across India and SEA countries.
Validus Co-founder and Executive Chairman Vikas Nahata says, “Anshul’s successful and varied experience at organisations ranging from bootstrapped startups to unicorns and Fortune 50 companies makes him an invaluable addition to our executive team as we continue to drive our ambitious technology plans forward. We are delighted to have him on board to infuse a new energy as we execute on our key technology initiatives to build, scale, and deliver best-in-class digital financial services for small businesses across the region.”
Validus recently secured its first tranche of funds in a Series C1 round with investment from new, major East Asian strategic investors NongHyup Financial Group, NorinChukin Bank, Aizawa Asset Management, and Lotte F&L Singapore.
Since its establishment in 2015, Validus has disbursed over USD 2.6 billion in loans to small businesses in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand. The company is also backed by highly reputed VCs including Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, Vertex Growth, FMO, AddVentures by SCG, K3 Ventures, Openspace Ventures and VinaCapital Ventures.