Analyst Profile

Akif Khan

Akif Khan

VP Analyst

4 years at Gartner,  21 years industry experience

Location:  United Kingdom  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Akif Khan, Ph.D, is a VP Analyst within Gartner Research focused on payment fraud within digital commerce and banking, and on consumer identity proofing. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include fraud prevention using both rules-based and machine learning systems, behavioral biometrics, device identification and bot mitigation, in addition to traditional and evolving techniques to validate a consumer identity in digital interactions. He also advises clients on prevention of fraud via account takeover.


Previous Experience

Previously, Dr. Khan has designed and implemented online payment and fraud prevention solutions for retailers globally while serving in leadership roles at companies such as Visa, CyberSource, Bitnet and Loylogic where he has been responsible for a wide variety of functions including product management, strategy, sales, marketing, professional services and managed services, in addition to thought leadership and industry evangelism.

Professional Background

  • Bitnet, Chief Commercial Officer, 2 years
  • Loylogic, Head of PointsPay, 2 years
  • Visa/CyberSource, Senior Director, 10 years


  • B.Sc., with honors, Chemistry, First Class, University of Bath, U.K.
  • Ph.D., Polymer and Colloid Chemistry, University of Sussex, U.K.