Sirish Kumar (Telr)

Nov 13, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM


Our Space (coworking space), 1st Floor, Lamborghini Building, Exit 41, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 00

Sirish Kumar is the CEO and Co-Founder of Telr, an international e-payment solution for businesses to easily and securely accept and manage online payments in the MENA region, India and South East Asia. Prior to co-founding Telr in 2014, Kumar was the CFO for PayPal in ASEAN, where he led the growth strategy, expansion, acquisitions and new ventures helming the operations across functions.

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Telr enables merchants to accept payments from local and international buyers, in multiple countries and in multiple currencies, with one simple integration.

At Telr, Kumar has attracted an experienced, talented, multi-cultural team around core tenets which are summed up as ‘SAVE’ (Speed of innovation, Alignment, Values and Execution). He has played an instrumental role in identifying risks and issues in specific emerging markets by raising funds, developing the governance framework, leading “first in the market” unique revenue-sharing deals with acquiring banks in multiple geographies, and by signing partnerships with large telecom groups. Kumar is also responsible for articulating the vision for the company and executing it by defining specific key performance indicators. With the aim to establish Telr as the preferred financial service partner to SMEs, Kumar is committed to grow the businesses in emerging markets through a localised approach.

Prior to co-founding Telr in 2014, Kumar was the CFO for PayPal in ASEAN and India, where he led the growth strategy, geographic expansion, financial planning and analytics, acquisitions and new ventures helming the operations across functions. He also has been an angel investor and led social entrepreneurship initiatives in Singapore and the Philippines.

A seasoned C-suite executive, Kumar is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinguished finance professionals in the industry.

Highly regarded for his expertise in credit finance, financial modelling and evaluation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial negotiations and project management, Kumar believes that what truly defines him is his great team building and inter-personal skills.

Kumar began his career with Cargill, and has worked in senior leadership roles with Motorola, Nokia Solutions and Network across multiple geographies, including the USA, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, India and other emerging markets.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Kumar has an MBA in General Management from INSEAD.

An avid tennis player himself, Kumar is an enthusiastic Roger Federer fan who enjoys catching up with friends across the globe. 

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  • Sirish Kumar


    Co-Founder and CEO


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  • Andrae Owuh

    Startup Grind Dubai



  • Cristina Najera

    Najera Ventures

    Chapter Director

  • Sameer Sortur

    SquareCircle Ventures

    Chapter Co-director


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