Akrati Johari is Co-head of the North America Digital Innovation team at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. She has extensive experience working in Strategy, FinTech, investments and acquisitions, Corporate Finance, and Investment Banking. She joined the Digital Innovation team in 2018, which the firm created to ensure we were at the forefront of innovative digital transformation and to pursue internal and external partnerships, including those with FinTechs to be at the frontline of the changes that were happening in the competitive landscape. Prior, Akrati has 6 years of experience in the Corporate & Investment Bank Strategy team and has worked with several senior leaders at the firm on a wide range of high priority projects such as growth initiatives, cost efficiency plays, and setting the firm’s technology and operations agenda. Earlier this year, Akrati led a minority investment in a middle and back office provider to enable growth of JPMC’s Hedge Fund Services and Strategic Middle Office. The result amounted in savings for the firm from retiring legacy platforms. She has also finalized a strategic partnership with another innovative FinTech in the insurance accounting space to offer a custody and accounting solution to insurance clients. She is currently engaged in several initiatives across our Investment Banking franchise of how we provide innovative solutions to our clients, including looking at the growth in private assets. In this effort, she is currently evaluating several M&A and strategic investments for the firm. She has already recently partnered to develop solution at the firm related to Loyalty Programs, including pitching to clients on the new structure and signing a strategic agreement with a FinTech in the space Akrati started off her career in Investment Banking covering Financial Institutions at Goldman Sachs. Akrati has an MBA from Columbia Business School and B.A. in Finance and Accountancy from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Outside of the office, she is involved in many community initiatives and was on the Board for a non-profit (Bond Street Theatre) where she focused on encouraging socially disadvantaged women and children by helping them find their voice through art and theatre.