Vikesh Patel is Head of Americas, UK, Ireland (Ad interim) and Head of UK,and Ireland. In this role, Vikesh is responsible for SWIFT's Business Development and Client Relationships across these countries, as well as strategic direction and growth in the region. In addition, Vikesh isasenior Diversity& Inclusion Sponsor within SWIFT, focusing on Race and Ethnicity.
Vikesh joined SWIFT in 2017, charged with strengthening the cooperative’s key relationships and delivering commercial performance across its portfolio of products and services.
He is actively involved in leading industry associations across the UK, including UK Finance, Innovate Finance, The Association for Foreign Banks, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Emerging Payments Association.
Prior to SWIFT, Vikesh was Chief Operating Officer at LCH focusing on strategy, risk management and the development of new products for the EquityClear and RepoClear businesses.
Vikesh has also served in global executive roles at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, with a primary focus on market infrastructure and post trade strategy.
Vikesh started his career at HM Treasury working on a range of domestic and international policy areas and served as a Private Secretary to both the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Economic Secretary to the Treasury.