Akbar Poonawala
Pivot Investment Partners

Akbar Poonawala


Akbar co-founded Pivot Investment Partners after spending more than 25 years in transaction processing, banking, and related financial services at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Company. As Managing Director and Regional Head for the Americas of Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking, he led the growth of this business to over $1 billion of revenues in Cash Management, Trade Finance, and Trust & Securities Services targeting both Corporate and Financial Institutions clients. In addition, he built the Global Equity Services business, which included Depositary Receipts, Registrar and Post-IPO Services, into a market leading business across ten international locations with a more than five-fold increase in revenues and over 900 Corporate and Financial Institutions clients. Akbar was also a member of the Deutsche Bank Americas Regional Executive Committee, the Global Transaction Banking Executive Committee, and the DB Americas Diversity Committee. Akbar also served on the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

Akbar is a CFA charter holder and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and also earned an undergraduate degree in Advanced Accounting from Poona University in India.