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Rohinton "Ron" Kalifa OBE (born 4 April 1961) is chairman of Network International, and formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of Worldpay for over ten years from 2002 to 2013 and then continued as Vice Chairman.[1][2] Kalifa has been described as "one of the best-known figures in Britain's payments industry" by the Financial Times, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year 2018 Honours List for financial services and technology.[3][4][5]


Before becoming CEO and then later Vice Chairman and Board Director of Worldpay, Kalifa held various roles within RBS where he built the Worldpay business organically and via acquisition.[6][7][8] During his tenure as CEO he led Worldpay through its transition to a standalone company following its divestment from RBS in 2010 and oversaw the company's takeover by Vantiv in 2017.[9][10][11]

Kalifa is recognised as an influencer in the payments sector, speaking at various Money 2020 conferences and as a keynote speaker at the Innovate Finance Global Summit in 2016 and 2018 (IFGS 2018).[12][13][14] In 2017 he ranked 3rd on the Financial Times EMPower top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders list where he was recognized for his commitment to driving the BAME agenda inside and outside of the workplace, as well as for his business achievements.[15][16][17] Kalifa has also received the Queen's Award for Enterprise twice.[17]

In March 2019, Kalifa was appointed chairman of Network International ahead of its IPO.[3] Based in Dubai, Network International is the dominant payments firm in the UAE and Middle East.[18]

In May 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer appointed Kalifa as a non-executive director to the Bank of England's Court of Directors, to incorporate his experience of payment systems to the renewal of the Bank's real time settlement system.[19] The directorship is due to last 4 years starting from June 2019.[20]

Board positions[edit]

Kalifa was non-executive director of Visa Europe from 2011 to 2016 and formerly a Board Director of Magex Holdings Ltd.[17][1]

Kalifa is co-Vice Chair of the FinTech Strategy Group which was launched in 2018 by The City of London Corporation and Innovate Finance.[21][22] Kalifa is Non-Executive Director of Transport for London, Independent Director and Member of the Audit Committee of QIWI plc since 2013 and the English and Wales Cricket T20 Board.[2][23][24] He is also an independent consultant to Advent.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Rohinton Minoo Kalifa O.B.E.: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  2. ^ a b "Worldpay Company Officers". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  3. ^ a b Megaw, Nicholas (14 March 2019). "Network appoints ex-Worldpay chief as chairman ahead of IPO". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  4. ^ "Here are all the UK tech figures named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  5. ^ "New Year's Honours 2018 CSV - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  6. ^ Editor, Harry Wilson, City (2017-08-10). "Worldpay's fall to foreign buyer poses new questions". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  7. ^ "RBS reveals new GTS team structure". Global Trade Review (GTR). 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  8. ^ Clark, Simon (2015-10-13). "Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  9. ^ Goff, Sharlene (2011-12-19). "Worldpay plans ambitious expansion". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  10. ^ Goff, Sharlene (2016-04-05). "Worldpay set to break free from RBS technology". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  11. ^ Monaghan, Angela (2017-08-09). "US firm Vantiv to buy British rival Worldpay for £9.3bn". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  12. ^ "Ron Kalifa | Money20/20 Asia". asia.money2020.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  13. ^ "UK FinTech 'ripe for opportunities'". UKTN (UK Tech News). 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  14. ^ "Innovate Finance Global Summit - Round up". The Fintech Times. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  15. ^ "Ranking: EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders". Financial Times. 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  16. ^ "People on the Move: Ron Kalifa, Worldpay". FinTech Futures. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  17. ^ a b c "100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2017 | EMpower". www.out-standing.org. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  18. ^ Field, Matthew; Boland, Hannah (2019-04-02). "The companies making trillions as the world goes cashless". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  19. ^ Rutter Pooley, Cat. "Opening Quote: Daily city briefing". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  20. ^ "Chancellor announces Bank of England appointments". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  21. ^ "City of London and Innovate Finance Launch Fintech Strategy Group". Crowdfund Insider. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  22. ^ "City of London and Innovate Finance Launch Fintech Strategy Group". Fintech Britain. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  23. ^ "ECB announce new T20 Board". Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  24. ^ "ECB reveals T20 board for new competition". SportsPro Media. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  25. ^ "RBS to sell 80% stake in WorldPay to Advent and Bain". Finextra Research. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2019-03-06.

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