|Alma mater||American University|
Zareef Hamid, a former strategy consultant turned social entrepreneur is the founder of Velwire. He is best known for leading digital transformations in Asia Pacific and building digital payment systems for financial institutions in emerging economies. He is also an advisor to BCG on social impact and financial inclusion projects.
Early life and education
After graduating in 2014, Hamid began his professional career as a Management Consultant initially at KPMG Singapore, and subsequently at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) before starting his entrepreneurial journey.
In 2020, Hamid founded Velwire, an early-stage startup that builds and operates real-time digital payment systems for financial institutions in emerging economies. His business collaborates with large-cap tech companies and central banks to enable seamless, quick, and secure transactions for all stakeholders in the financial ecosystem.
Throughout his professional journey, Hamid has led large-scale digital transformations and advised companies to enter and grow in Southeast Asia. His clients include Fortune 100 companies and financial services firms, including sovereign wealth funds, commercial banks, and tech startups.
Hamid also has a history of supporting social impact projects in Asia. He has worked for the world's largest NGO, BRAC and volunteered at the Rohingya Refugee Camps with Friendship NGO and UNICEF. Hamid is also a Member of the Samdani Foundation’s Dhaka Art Summit Organizing Committee.
Hamid is a sports enthusiast, having competed in martial arts at the national level and was awarded his black belt in Shotokan Karate by the late Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa. Hamid is also a musician, classically trained in tabla and guitar, and performs alongside prominent artists from South Asia, such as Rezwana Choudhury Bannya and Kaushik Hossain Taposh.