Upasana Taku

Co-Founder and Director, MobiKwik


The first woman in India to lead a payments start-up, Upasana Taku, has played an instrumental role in building Mobikwik as one of India’s largest digital financial services platform, with a well-entrenched network of over three million direct merchants and 260 million plus users.

Taku has been featured by Forbes as one of the ‘Asia’s Women to Watch in 2016’. She was also felicitated at CNBC Young Turks Conclave 2017 with the ‘Young Business Women Award’. More recently, in August 2017, she was conferred with the ‘Best Woman Entrepreneur Award 2017’ by ASSOCHAM. She has also featured in the Fortune 40 Under 40 List in the year 2016.

She was also among the 112 first ladies who were recently felicitated by the President of India and was recognised as the first woman in India to lead a payments startup.

She has worked as a Senior Product Manager at PayPal in the Silicon Valley. She has also been associated with HSBC in San Diego, USA. In 2008 she decided to return to India and contribute to the ecosystem back home. A year later she co-founded MobiKwik.

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