Andrew Sims

Andrew Sims

Board Observer

Andrew Sims is a co-founder, board member and the Chief Executive Officer of NEC Payments; and a co-founder and board member of Apiso.

NEC Payments B.S.C(c) is a digital banking and payment technology company based in the Kingdom of Bahrain and licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a Card Processor and Payment Services Provider. The company provides innovative Banking-as-a-Service and digital financial services technology solutions that power high-performance, flexible and secure digital banking and payments products. The company is a member of Mastercard, Visa and Swift and is compliant with multiple security and business process standards including PCI-DSS L1 v3.2.1, ISO27001 and ISO9001. It recently received the accolade of “Best Digital Banking Technology Innovator, Middle East 2021” from Capital Finance International.

Apiso provides advanced payment integration solutions using web and API technologies to international customers and channel distribution partners. Its solutions automate the provision, administration and reconciliation of virtual cards for B2B supplier payments across diverse industry segments.

Earlier in his career, Andrew was as a part of the board team that grew Flex-e-card, a prepaid gift card program manager, to European market-leader status; and he co-founded Global Processing Services (GPS), a payment technology pioneer that is now recognised as one of the largest prepaid and fintech specialist processors globally. Andrew is a well-known payments industry thought-leader and spokesperson who is often asked to speak at public and private industry events on the topics of innovation in the payments industry and the digital transformation of financial services.