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Senior Staff

KAE is led by a group of experienced advisors with varied professional backgrounds. Together, they work to provide the best quality advice, the right challenge and direction, both to our team and to our clients.

Arnaud le Saouter

Senior Vice President

Arnaud is a Senior Vice President and Director of KAE. He is also KAE’s Customer Experience Practice Lead. Arnaud has over 20 years’ experience of leading high profile high impact multi-country projects and has particular expertise in Financial Services and payments (in particular acquiring).

Arnaud le Saouter

Senior Vice President

Biography

Arnaud is a Senior Vice President and Director of KAE. He is also KAE’s Customer Experience Practice Lead. Arnaud has over 20 years’ experience of leading high profile high impact multi-country projects and has particular expertise in Financial Services and payments (in particular acquiring), focusing on marketing analysis, market prioritization and entry, pricing strategy and marketing strategy.

He has designed and led numerous in-depth assessments with senior executives and key decision-makers. He has also been a key advisor to many of KAE’s clients and supported on business case creation and dissemination. Arnaud has also worked outside Financial Services in industries such as Telecoms, IT and media on a European and global scale.

Expertise

  • Financial Services
  • Payment Card Systems (Acquiring and Issuing)
  • Market Evaluation and Monitoring
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Market Prioritization
  • Market Entry and Go-To-Market
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Customer Experience

Anna Pantazi

Vice President

Anna is Vice President and Head of the Analytics team at KAE, with a focus on conducting quant research in both the consumer and B2B space to solve complex business problems. She is an expert in deploying a range of advanced analytical techniques to extract critical insights about consumer preferences and attitudes.

Anna Pantazi

Vice President

Biography

Anna is Vice President and Head of the Analytics team at KAE, with a focus on conducting quant research in both the consumer and B2B space to solve complex business problems. She is an expert in deploying a range of advanced analytical techniques to extract critical insights about consumer preferences and attitudes.

Anna studied at the University of Durham where she obtained an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology. Prior to this she studied Biology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.

Expertise

  • Advanced analytics
  • Quantitative research
  • Consumer attitudes and preferences

Maja Milosavljević

Vice President

Maja is a Vice President and the Head of Business Consulting. Fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Serbian, her linguistic abilities have allowed her to work on a variety of projects, with a focus on the US and Mexico.

Maja Milosavljević

Vice President

Biography

Maja is a Vice President and the Head of Business Consulting. Fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Serbian, her linguistic abilities have allowed her to work on a variety of projects, with a focus on the US and Mexico.

Maja graduated from UCL in 2011 with a degree in Russian and Spanish. As part of her degree, she spent half a year studying at the University of Monterrey in Mexico and half a year at Moscow Language Link.

Expertise

Chris Holmes

Senior Vice President

Chris is a Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing. He is also KAE’s FinTech Practice Lead. Chris has managed multiple high profile global projects across the payments, banking, FinTech, AltFi and Telecoms industries. Chris also sits across the Commercial Payments International (CPI) advisory boards.

Chris Holmes

Senior Vice President

Biography

Chris is a Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing. He is also KAE’s FinTech Practice Lead. Chris joined KAE in 2007 and during this time, he has managed multiple high profile global projects across the payments, banking, FinTech, AltFi and Telecoms industries. His specialist skills are geared to NPD, market sizing and opportunity assessments, benchmarking, best practice identification and go-to-market initiatives.

As part of his focus on the payments industry, Chris sits across the Commercial Payments International (CPI) advisory boards (Global, U.S., Europe & Asia) and is a regular key note speaker at CPI events. Chris has been actively involved with CPI since December 2015 and was invited to become an advisory board member in 2016.

Expertise

  • Financial Services
  • Payments
  • Lending
  • FinTech
  • AltFi
  • Market Sizing and Opportunity Analysis
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Go-To-Market

Omar Hegazy

Vice President

Omar is a Vice President and Head of APAC. Omar has worked with a variety of global renowned Financial Services brands across the Asia-Pacific area, Europe and the Middle East, helping improve the way they do business, with a strong focus on B2B markets.

Omar Hegazy

Vice President

Biography

Omar is a Vice President and Head of APAC. His specialist skills are geared towards market opportunity analysis, market sizing, market segmentation and market prioritization, with a strong focus on B2B markets. Omar has worked with a variety of global renowned Financial Services brands across the Asia-Pacific area and also across Europe and the Middle East, helping improve the way they do business. Being fluent in English, German, and Arabic, Omar has been a trusted advisor for many of KAE’s clients and he has increasingly become a trusted advisor on regional expansion opportunities.

Omar has held roles at a variety of other companies such as Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, the Austrian Embassy in Cairo, and the UNHCR.

Expertise

  • Financial Services
  • Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
  • Payment Card Systems (Acquiring and Issuing)
  • B2B Market Segmentation
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Market Opportunity Analysis and Sizing
  • Market Prioritisation and Go-To-Market
  • Pricing

Robert Porter

Finance Director

Robert is the Group Finance Director of KAE’s parent company, Optimisa Limited. He has 20 years’ international investment and private banking experience and now focuses on the strategic financial and operational management of KAE and other Optimisa investments.

Robert Porter

Finance Director

Biography

Robert is the Group Finance Director of KAE’s parent company, Optimisa Limited. He has 20 years’ international investment and private banking experience, having worked in senior roles with responsibility for finance and operations in organisations including Samuel Montague, LTCB Bank of Japan, Republic National Bank of New York and Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank. Since 2000 Robert has focused on SME’s in the media and a variety of other international sectors.

He now focuses on the strategic financial and operational management of KAE and other Optimisa group investments. Robert qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, before moving to Price Waterhouse, Texas.

Expertise

  • Financial management
  • Treasury and cash management
  • Project management
  • Operational and facilities management
  • Acquisitions and disposals

Gemma Bowley

People Manager

Gemma is KAE's People Manager and has experience working in a range of various size companies.

Gemma Bowley

People Manager

Biography

Gemma is KAE's People Manager.

She has experience working in a range of various size companies, from 15 to 50,000 across Communications and Cyber Security in the UK and overseas, in both strategic and generalist HR roles, covering all areas of HR. In particular, Gemma has in depth experience in Change Management, Engagement and fast growth companies.

Expertise

  • People
  • HR