Mastercard and Wilson Sonsini Fintech experts to join Pomelo Group Advisory Board

July 1, 2024

SINGAPORE – June 27th 2024 – Pomelo Group is proud to announce the endorsement of leading Fintech experts from Mastercard and the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, as it launches its new Advisory Board. Pomelo, the Singapore-based payment infrastructure platform that enables financial institutions to offer modern payment solutions to their end users, today appointed Mr Joshua Kaplan, a partner at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and formerly COO of, and Mr Sapan Shah, Senior Vice President of Mastercard and Head of Acceptance Asia Pacific to the Advisory Board.  In this capacity they will advise the leadership team of Pomelo on strategic decisions as well as Product, Customer and Partnership initiatives.

Kaplan has over 20 years of FinTech experience and currently leads the financial technology practice in the London office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to this, Kaplan was the Chief Operating Officer of, one of the leading new generation Acquirers operating in multiple countries globally. Kaplan began his career at the Federal Reserve in Washington DC, and has worked for leading global financial institutions, including Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.

Sapan has been with Mastercard for more than 10 years, serving customers based in Europe and more recently in Asia. “I have been fortunate to work across both B2B and B2C payment spaces and have an understanding of how making payments friction-free can impact the lives of millions of consumers and businesses across Asia”, said Sapan. “In many cases the emerging markets across Asia have an opportunity to make step-change improvements with investments in next-generation capabilities that bring them up to – and in some cases ahead of – their compatriots in the developed markets of Asia, Europe and North America. A company such as Pomelo Group has the ability to help drive these customers further forward in their Payments capabilities.”

“Joshua has a wealth of experience in the Financial Services space” said Endre Sagi, Pomelo’s Executive Chairman. “He is a very well-connected executive with in-depth understanding of what it takes to succeed in the payment industry.  Sapan is a regional expert on the latest activities happening across the emerging markets of Asia. His broad exposure and connections across issuers, networks and the acquiring ecosystem can help us understand the needs of financial organisations across the region and help Pomelo progress further and faster.”

Steve Vickers CEO of Pomelo Group commented, “Early-stage companies need the guidance of capable advisors to mentor them through difficult decisions and navigate challenging commercial landscapes. With these experienced hands supporting us, we hugely increase the chances of success for Pomelo Group in the Payments industry. Thank you to each of them for their willingness to provide time and attention to support the company’s growth.”

About Pomelo Group

Pomelo Group is a fast-growing payment infrastructure provider that enables financial institutions and enterprises to offer modern payment solutions to their end users. The company’s solution is trusted by leading financial institutions across Southeast Asia. Founded in 2017 and based in London and Singapore, privately held Pomelo is backed by Inference Partners and 6 Degrees Capital. To learn more, visit

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Pomelo Group Limited is a company registered in England and Wales (No. 10583935). Our registered address is Level 39 One Canada Square, London, England, E14 5AB. Pomelo Group Ltd is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 FRN 928018 for the issuing of electronic money.

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