Uber names Arnab Kumar As Director For India-South Asia Business

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  • From Coinbase to Prosus, Kumar’s diverse roles span fintech strategy, COVID app innovation, and global banking experience.
  • He has worked with NITI Aayog and Deutsche Bank in Singapore and New York.

Uber has tapped Arnab Kumar to steer business development across India and South Asia in a significant corporate move. A graduate of Birla Institute of Technology Mesra and Indian School of Business Hyderabad, Kumar is a respected CFA charter holder with 17 years of diverse experience in technical and finance. His credentials include roles such as laying the groundwork for Coinbase’s operations in India and helming fintech ventures and strategies for Prosus, previously Naspers. He was instrumental in shaping emerging technical projects, including India’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu, during his tenure as program director at NITI Aayog. He has a stint with Deutsche Bank, working across Singapore and New York. 

Prabhjeet Singh, President of Uber India and South Asia, remarked, “With Arnab on board, we envision fortifying Uber’s stature in India and South Asia. His vast experience, especially his contributions at NITI Aayog, resonates with our ambition. We anticipate that under his guidance, our business development initiatives will gain significant momentum, forging robust partnerships and unlocking new avenues of growth.”

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Kumar said, “Being a part of Uber, a game-changer in mobility and livelihoods for countless individuals in India and the wider region, excites me immensely. The prospects in India and South Asia are vast. I eagerly look forward to synergising with Uber’s dynamic team to amplify the brand’s vision and growth trajectory in this pivotal market.”

This key appointment is timely, as Uber marks its 10-year milestone in India, and its objectives lean towards championing sustainable transportation alternatives. Collaborating with stakeholders such as electric vehicles (EV) fleets, financiers, infrastructure agencies, and governmental entities, Uber remains a vanguard in India’s EV transition. A testament to this commitment is their deal earlier this year. Tata Motors committed to deploying 25,000 EVs to Uber’s platform, marking an unprecedented alliance in the Indian ridesharing and auto sector.

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