Ferhan Patel is a fintech professional and consultant with 15 years in payments and compliance. Ferhan was born with a passion for entrepreneurship and solving complex problems. Between starting numerous companies and being an active philanthropist, Ferhan Patel is a powerhouse, FinTech Executive who has the insights and experience necessary to wisely guide any ambitious professional or business with the potential to grow.
Ferhan Patel specializes in team management, as well as the development of corporate policies and procedures related to risk management. For more than a decade, he has established himself as an expert in the FinTech space with a unique blend of insights related not only to the aforementioned areas, but also with substantial experience and talent related to product design and marketing. With an extensive career in the online payment solutions sector, Ferhan now brings his incomparable set of skills and unrivaled passion to the industry in the role of a FinTech consultant.
Ferhan Patel grew up just outside of the picturesque city of Montreal, where he excelled academically, and enjoyed playing competitive sports like hockey. From his childhood through his early adulthood, Ferhan was very interested in computer science in particular. This passion for technology determined Ferhan’s academic course of study at university.
Patel graduated from Concordia University in 2003, having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems.
Ferhan became an instructor while at University, teaching graduate level courses in Linux and C-Programming, as well as Oracle. He also became a lab instructor during this time. Ferhan’s time at University is marked by learning challenging new systems and exploring the unfamiliar. His quest for both improvement and erudition continued into his professional life, beginning in 2004.
Ferhan became a Business Systems Analyst, and COO of the company his brother founded called AlertPay. Ferhan and Firoz would work together for the next 8 years, pushing their 6-employee startup to become a major player on the world stage.
When AlertPay underwent restructuring in 2012, Ferhan Patel became the company’s first Executive Vice President of Corporate and Product Marketing. He transitioned shortly after taking that role to the company’s Chief Compliance Officer, and the Director of Risk and Compliance. Ferhan prepared for this ambitious new title by earning certifications that would be relevant to the new position. He dedicated the bulk of his time to learning about financial crime, becoming a Certified Financial Crime Specialist, as well as an Anti-Money Laundering Associate, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Fraud Examiner. Ferhan’s continued drive to learn more about the markets he finds himself competing within help him stay a cut above the rest.