Head of open APIs, BBVA

Karkal is a software engineer turned finance and banking expert. Prior to joining BBVA as Head of Open APIs, Shamir was the Co-Founder and CFO of Simple, an online banking services startup based in Portland, Oregon. Before Simple, Shamir was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. specializing in strategy consulting for financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Prior to McKinsey, Shamir was an software engineer. He has a bachelor’s in computer science, a master’s in information technology, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.