Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, PayMaya Philippines
Paolo Azzola
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, PayMaya Philippines
Paolo is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.), the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications.   Growing up in an international and multilingual environment inspired Paolo to study international relations at the London School of Economics.   He was later involved in London's globally dominant fintech sector, first as an executive at leading peer-to-peer lender MarketInvoice Limited - where he focused on investors, product, and strategy - and then as co-founder of financial software engineering firm Stelapoint.   Paolo also spent 7 years at JPMorgan Chase between London and New York, where he focused on derivatives structuring for the world's largest asset managers and foundations as well as helping to grow the company's corporate derivatives sales & trading unit.   Prior to joining PayMaya, he was managing director for United Kingdom at Rocket Internet AG, where he was responsible for financial technology. He helped grow Rocket's influence in the alternative lending and mobile payments verticals, covering fundraising, idea generation and acquisitions.