On 19 April 2012, the Corrs Sydney office co-hosted a cocktail event with The Crescent Club, with Vipin Kalra, Managing Director and CEO of Visa Australia as the guest speaker.
The event attracted professionals from the Australian-Muslim community and Corrs was represented by Partners Michael Chaaya and Andrew Galvin, Senior Associate Michael Anastas and lawyers Emma Higgs, Hilda Wehbi, and Jeremy Yang. Michael Chaaya welcomed guests, which was followed by an official welcome by Talal Yassine, Managing Director of Crescent Wealth and co-founder of the Crescent Club.
Vipin shared the story of his journey from Project Manager of a small team of skilled technical engineers in New Delhi to managing the national operations of Visa, the leading global payments technology company. He spoke of migrating to Australia on a whim in the early 1990’s to land an engineering role with Qualcomm, developing the EFTPOS terminal. He spoke passionately about its successes, which lead him to a 17 year career with Visa. He spoke about the success of PayWave and Visa’s aspirations to replicate the model online, to create a frictionless online transaction experience through the creation of a virtual “wallet” where payment information can be stored and accessed electronically. He was passionate about the challenges and opportunities presented by “Gen Z” (ie those born after 1990) and the influence they will have on shaping patterns of consumption in the coming years.
During question time with the audience, Vipin addressed whether companies not traditionally in the payment space, such as Google and Apple, posed a competitive threat and spoke of his desire to implement socially responsible programs such as internships for less privileged students in Australia, similar to those being offered by Visa in Asia. He encouraged members of the audience to work hard but maintain a good work/life balance and, above all, to hold a positive attitude; from which success would follow.
The Crescent Club is a non-partisan and non-sectarian group dedicated to expanding business and social opportunities within the Muslim Australian and broader community. Bringing together Muslim and non-Muslim business people, entrepreneurs and young professionals, The Crescent Club is active in helping to develop business and networking contacts for our members and friends.
The mission of the Crescent Club is to promote a place where there is an opportunity to meet others, learn from Australian thought leaders in a warm business and social environment and to keep its members informed on vital issues and work for the betterment of the entire community.
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