Ajay Banga, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard
Ajay Banga is chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. He will become executive chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2021.
Ajay is a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, first vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the United States Council for International Business. Ajay is a founding trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and is Chairman Emeritus of the American India Foundation. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is a past member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and the Business Council for International Understanding’s Global Leadership Award. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.
Ajay is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition, Ajay serves as a director of Dow Inc. and is a member of its compensation and governance committees.
Prior to Mastercard, Ajay served as chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance.
Ajay began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.
He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Ajay Bhalla, President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard
Ajay Bhalla is president of cyber and intelligence solutions for Mastercard. He leads the team that develops product solutions to ensure the safety, security and experience of our products and solutions for consumers, merchants, partners and governments around the world. Ajay serves on the company’s management committee.
Prior to this role, Ajay was president of the Digital Payment Services business for Mastercard. He led the development and growth of the business in e-commerce and innovative payments processing establishing Mastercard as a pioneer and leader in many markets in this space. Previously, Ajay was president of Mastercard for South Asia and Southeast Asia, where he led the business in 18 markets. During his tenure, Mastercard became a market leader in many markets/segments and grew our business multifold launching several innovative payments solutions.
Before joining Mastercard, Ajay held key leadership positions at HSBC and Xerox.
Ajay has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Delhi and a master’s degree in management studies from the University of Mumbai. He is a CEME Senior Fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He also is a MIT Connection Science Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
You can follow Mr. Bhalla on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/2j9J7Rq.
Ann Cairns, Vice Chairman, Mastercard
In her role as vice chairman, Ann represents Mastercard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation. She plays the important role of senior ambassador and executive leader with a global remit and serves on the company’s management committee.
Prior to her appointment, Ann was president of International Markets responsible for the management of all customer-related activities in over 200 countries around the world. In this role, she focused on building sustainable, strong growth rates across both mature and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Mastercard in August 2011, Ann was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal in London, where she led the European team managing Lehman Brothers Holdings International through the Chapter 11 process. In addition she helped restructure banks across Europe including Ireland & Iceland.
Ann has also held senior positions within many global organizations including a tenure as CEO, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO, and 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup.
Ann sits on the board of the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and is chair of ICE Clear Europe.
A Pure Mathematics degree from Sheffield University and a M.Sc. with research into medical statistics from Newcastle University resulted in an early career as an award-winning research engineer, culminating as the Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas where Ann was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.
Arianna Huffington, Author, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, & Founder of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team.
Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Carlo Enrico, President, President, Latin America & Caribbean, Mastercard
Carlo Enrico is president of Mastercard’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region and a member of the company’s management committee. Carlo is responsible for leading Mastercard’s strategy and operations across 45 countries and territories, and driving transformational efforts across digital payments, financial and social inclusion, products and services.
After joining Mastercard in 2012, Carlo served in several senior roles. These include Division President for Central Eastern Europe and, most recently, Division President for Western Europe, where he was responsible for overseeing Mastercard operations in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.
Prior to joining Mastercard in 2012, Carlo was CEO of BancoPosta, the financial services division of Italian postal services provider, Poste Italiane. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the financial industry, holding senior roles at Banco di Sicilia, Capitalia Group and Goldman Sachs. Carlo has extensive experience in leading large teams, managing a diverse customer base, and developing and integrating strategies that drive revenue.
Diego Molano, Minister of Technology of Colombia (2010-2015), Senior advisor to IADB, OECD. Talent creator, startup mentor
Diego Molano is an expert in ICT policies and innovation with a global trajectory. He served as Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of Colombia between 2010 and 2015. During his tenure, he launched the “Live Digital” Technology Plan, the objective of which is to reduce poverty and generate employment through the mass use of technology.
Thanks to his work, Colombia got connected. 4G-LTE, fiber optics and high-speed networks reached all municipalities, even those located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Internet coverage increased among low-income citizens and in rural areas.
Education, health and government services are being transformed thanks to the use of ICT, and in addition, the availability, scope and efficiency of these services has increased.
One of the largest accomplishments of former Minister Molano was to achieve universal inclusion in the use of ICTs, reaching not only the low-income population but also people with disabilities, the elderly and people who live in remote areas.
Diego Molano has a long career in the technology industry, including senior management positions in multinational companies such as Ascom (Switzerland), BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US and Telefónica in Spain. In addition, he has managed responsibilities in over 26 countries. He has been a member of the board of directors of international organizations, as well as telecommunications, television, radio and postal services companies. His experience and leadership in innovation policies have been recognized around the world by large organizations such as the GSMA, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is a regular speaker in international forums such as the World Economic Forum.
Molano holds Electronic Engineering and Economics titles from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Gaston Bottazzini, Chief Executive Officer, Falabella
Gaston Bottazzini was born in Argentina in 1969. On June 1, 2018 he was designated CEO of Falabella S.A. based in Santiago, Chile. He first joined Falabella in 2008 when he assumed the position of CEO of Falabella Inversiones Financieras, the business unit that groups Banco Falabella, CMR and Seguros Falabella. From this position, he was able to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the different businesses and markets in which Falabella operates. He was head of the digital transformation of Banco Falabella and CMR for the entire region, launched Banco Falabella in Colombia and led the entry of Falabella into Mexico.
Before joining Falabella he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked between 1996 and 2008, mainly advising companies in the financial sector in Latin America, the United States and Spain. His degrees include a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science from University of California, Davis.
Gilberto Caldart, President, International Markets, Mastercard
Gilberto Caldart is president, International, for Mastercard. In this role he is responsible for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside of North America and Canada. Gilberto is a member of the company’s management committee.
Prior to his appointment, Gilberto was president of the Latin America and Caribbean region, where he led efforts to place the company at the forefront of the payments industry in the region.
A passionate advocate of innovation, technology and the power of partnership Gilberto is focused on transforming the way people, governments and businesses buy and pay for things.
Before joining Mastercard, Gilberto spent 26 years at Citigroup in various leadership positions in Brazil and New York. Most notably, he led the Citi Consumer Business in Brazil (Retail Banking, Consumer Finance and Cards) for over six years.
During his time at Citigroup, Gilberto served on the boards of Credicard and Redecard, playing a critical role in the restructuring of the Credicard Group and on the Redecard IPO transformation.
Gilberto is a member of the Junior Achievement Americas Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He also has an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
James Anderson, Executive Vice President, Commercial & B2B Solutions, Mastercard
James Anderson is Executive Vice President of Commercial & B2B Solutions at Mastercard and a member of the company’s management committee. In this role, he is responsible for all of Mastercard’s products and programs targeted at business users – including Small and Medium Business (SMB) and Travel and Entertainment programs, virtual card solutions for Accounts Payables and a set of new Business to Business products under development.
Before taking on his current role, James served as Executive Vice President of Digital Payment Products, leading three initiatives; Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), Masterpass and the API platform.
He has spent his career at the intersection of mobile, payment and internet technologies in Product Development, Business Development and General Management roles.
James holds an MBA from Columbia University and received a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Oxford.
James joined Mastercard in 2007.
Jessica Nabongo, Cultural Ambassador, Travel Writer & Entrepreneur
Jessica Nabongo , a Detroit-born Ugandan-American got her start with traveling when she was just four years old, and now the former United Nations employee has become the first black woman to travel to every country in the world.
Jessica is a cultural ambassador, travel writer, photographer and entrepreneur whose work is about changing the travel narrative and making the travel space more inclusive. She is the founder and CEO of Jet Black, a boutique luxury travel firm that specializes in tourism to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America; as well as The Catch , a lifestyle brand featuring goods acquired during her global adventures.
Jessica is committed to raising cultural awareness and encourages people to think positively about other countries and the world at large, so that we don’t miss out on opportunities to have amazing experiences with our neighbors.
As an advocate against the use of single-use plastics, Jessica has used her platform to raise awareness of this global issue. She reminds us that even though it may not seem like it is an issue in our neighborhood, city, or state, it is a huge issue globally and as we are all part of the same ecosystem, we all have a responsibility to be more conscious of how we use plastic.
As an influencer, Jessica’s travels and expertise have been captured by national outlets such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fox 2 Detroit, Conde Nast Traveler, BBC News World Service, The New York Times, CBS News and more . In March 2019, she was named one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Conde Nast Traveler.
John Price, Managing Director, Americas Market intelligence
John Price is a veteran of Latin America market consulting and one of the leading public speakers and thought leaders in the region. Whether addressing audiences in English or Spanish, John’s consulting and academic background delivers both a deep understanding of the trends impacting Latin American and Caribbean markets as well as rich anecdotal content built on over 3,000 client engagements in the region since 1993.
John has advised more than 30 of the global 100 firms on their business strategies and market intelligence needs in Latin America. John’s consulting career began in Mexico where he founded InfoAmericas, becoming the largest independent market intelligence firm in Latin America. The firm was sold in 2007 to Kroll, the world’s largest corporate investigations firm and John launched Kroll’s first market intelligence practice. In 2011, John left Kroll and founded Americas Market Intelligence with offices in Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco and affiliate offices in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Santiago.
John has published over 100 articles on Latin American business trends and maintains a column in the region’s largest circulated English language magazine, Latin Trade. In 2007, John Price co-wrote and co-edited “Can Latin America Compete?”, which was published by Palgrave. John teaches as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.
John is an active board member of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, a LatAm orphanage network and the Canadian Council of the Americas. He is a BComm graduate (1988) from Queen’s University.
Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica
Former President Laura Chinchilla is a political scientist with a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
She was the first woman to be elected president of Costa Rica (2010-2014). Previously, she served as minister of public security (1996-1998), congress woman (2002-2006), minister of justice (2006-2008), and vice president (2006-2008).
She is member of the advisory boards of the UNDP`s Human Development Report, and of the Global Happiness Report 2017 and 2018, and joins various initiatives which advocate for the strengthening of democracy, peace and human rights globally, such as the International Olympic Committee, the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, the InterAmerican Dialogue, the Atlantic Council, the Concordia Summit, among others. She is fellow at the Institute of Politics and Public Policy of Georgetown University (USA), and inviting professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (México), and Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Luis Alberto Moreno, Former President, Inter-American Development Bank
A Colombian citizen, recently concluded his 15-year tenure as the President of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB), elected in 2005, and re-elected in 2010 and 2015. There he led a profound transformation of the organization while also chairing the Board of Executive Directors of IDB Invest, the Group’s private sector arm, as well as the Donors Committee at IDB Lab (formally known as the Multilateral Investment Fund – MIF), an innovation laboratory for development to test and scale up ideas that improve human lives.
Under Moreno’s leadership, the IDB Group -owned by 48 member countries- consolidated its role as the leading and principal source of long-term financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, while providing cutting-edge knowledge and technical advice for social, economic and institutional development.
After taking office, Moreno embarked on a major overhaul of the Bank’s organizational structure and operations to make the IDB more flexible and client-focused. He initiated reforms that enhanced its social and environmental safeguards, introduced a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework, reinforced institutional integrity and accountability mechanisms, and instituted a new access to information policy. In addition, the Bank adopted a new capital adequacy model, preserving its AAA credit rating, while optimizing the use of its balance sheet.
Moreno also led a drive to promote more women to leadership roles. As a result, the IDB became the first regional development bank to obtain an EDGE certification, the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. More importantly, the Bank has mainstreamed gender and diversity objectives into its public and private sector programs.
Milestones during Moreno´s tenure include: the approval of $4.4 billion in debt relief for Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua, the most heavily indebted member countries, in 2007; the approval of the 9th General Capital Increase, the largest expansion of resources in the Bank’s history, in 2010; the merging and expansion of the Group’s private sector operations under IDB Invest (leading organization in private sector development), in 2016; replenishment of IDB Lab (MIF) with historic contributions from Latin American and Caribbean countries, in 2017; the launch of a special grant facility to support operations to help countries integrate migrants into local communities and contribute to their development, in 2019; and; the bold Covid-19 response, in 2020 (details below).
Under Moreno’s leadership, the IDB Group played an increasingly prominent role in topics of global importance such as health; digital connectivity and innovation; sustainable infrastructure development; renewable energy and the environment; climate resilience and adaptation; migration; sustainable cities; base-of-the-pyramid markets; and education. He also launched the Americas Business Dialogue and www.ConnectAmericas.com, two platforms that promote stronger business ties among the Americas.
Moreno continually pushed for the adoption of new technologies and innovations to increase the impact and efficiency to the Bank’s operations. To that end, he implemented a comprehensive program of internal research, training, and external partnerships to ensure that staff would be proficient in the latest approaches to tackling problems in areas ranging from digital government to climate finance. In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, these investments enabled the IDB Group to rapidly pivot and mount an unprecedented response in support of member countries. In 2020, even as its entire staff has been teleworking (since March), the Bank is expected to approve a historical record $20 billion and disburse around $19 billion, an amount nearly 35% greater than it disbursed in the aftermath of the 2009 financial crisis. More importantly, the Bank has helped save countless lives by rapidly assisting many countries in the purchase of critical medical and sanitary equipment in the first three months of the pandemic.
Moreno also championed the IDB Group’s participation in hundreds of partnerships with governments, private companies and philanthropic organizations, mobilizing additional resources for every dollar of capital used. During his tenure the IDB Group has been recognized as one of the world’s most effective institutions in terms of agenda-setting influence.
Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Relations between Washington and Bogota strengthened notably during that time, leading to unprecedented bipartisan and bilateral assistance programs that supported a radical improvement in his country’s security and economic conditions, primarily through the approval of Plan Colombia – an ambitious program to fight drug trafficking and promote social and economic recovery.
Prior to his ambassadorship, Moreno had a distinguished career in business and government. As Minister of Economic Development, he carried out a comprehensive competitiveness agenda and was head of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, Colombia’s public sector holding company. In the private sector he was the executive producer of TV Hoy, an award-winning broadcast news program, and a strategic advisor to major Colombian companies and foreign investors.
Moreno has received numerous distinctions, including Colombia’s highest peacetime decoration, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyaca; Brazil’s Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco; Spain’s Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel La Catolica; Paraguay’s National Merit Grand Cross; Guatemala’s Orden del Jaguar; the Inter-American Dialogue’s Distinguished Leadership in the Americas Award for Social Equity; the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service; the Clinton Global Initiative Global Citizen Award; the Eagle of the Americas award from the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America; Latin Trade’s Bravo Business Award for Distinguished Service to the Hemisphere and; the Atlantic Council’s Leadership Award (ceremony to take place – fall 2020). In addition, he has been recipient of the “Key to City” awards from several Latin American cities.
Moreno holds a degree in business administration and economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 1990 Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship for his achievements in the field of journalism. He has also received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Arizona State University, Baruch College, INCAE Business School, Universidad ICESI.
A frequent contributor of opinion articles in international and regional media, Moreno regularly participates as a speaker in public conferences and private forums on development issues. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum (WEF) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Moreno was born in Philadelphia, he is married to Maria Gabriela Sigala and has two children, Nicolas and Natalia. He is a native speaker of Spanish and English and conversant in Portuguese and French.
Madeleine K. Albright, Author, Diplomat, Businesswoman & Former Secretary of State of the United States
Madeleine K. Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.
In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chairs the National Democratic Institute and serves as the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Board of the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.
Dr. Albright is a seven-time New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book, Hell and Other Destinations was published in April 2020. Her other books include: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012), and Fascism: A Warning (2018).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute. She is based in Washington, DC.
Marc Benioff, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce
Marc Benioff is Chair, CEO and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing. From the start, Marc wanted Salesforce to be a different kind of company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new subscription business model and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. On day 1, Marc created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world.
Before launching Salesforce, Marc spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, where he was the youngest vice president in company history. When Marc was 14 years old, he sold his first piece of software, “How to Juggle,” for $75. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15.
Marc and his wife, Lynne, have focused their philanthropy on healthcare, public education, homelessness and the environment.
Mike Froman, Vice Chairman & President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard
Mike Froman serves as vice chairman and president, Strategic Growth for Mastercard. In that role he is responsible for growing strategic partnerships, scaling new business opportunities, and advancing the company’s efforts to partner with governments and other institutions to address major societal and economic issues. He and his team drive financial inclusion and inclusive growth efforts and work to develop new businesses key to the company’s strategic growth.
Mike oversees the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and is a member of the company’s management committee.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Mike was affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations and continues to serve as a distinguished fellow. In September, 2018, Mike joined the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
From 2013 to 2017, Mike served as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Barack Obama’s principal advisor and negotiator on international trade and investment issues. During his tenure, Mike worked to open foreign markets for U.S. goods and services, reach landmark trade agreements and enforce the rights of American workers, farmers and firms. From 2009-2013, he served at the White House as assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mike held several executive positions at Citigroup, including CEO of its international insurance business, COO of its $50 billion alternative investments business and head of its infrastructure investment business. He helped shape the company’s strategy in China, India, Brazil and other emerging markets. Earlier in his career, during the Clinton Administration, he worked at the White House and the Treasury Department.
Mike received a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University, a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Michael Miebach, President & CEO-Elect, Mastercard
Michael Miebach, President of Mastercard, is responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing, products, services, and technology organizations for the company. Mastercard’s Board unanimously elected Michael to succeed Ajay Banga as Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2021.
Michael brings deep expertise in digital innovation, emerging technologies, regulation, fintech, and financial services to forge innovative partnerships across the ecosystem. He has a wealth of insights and global experience from a 25-year career spanning payments and banking services and technology.
As Chief Product Officer, Michael helped transform the company’s offerings from consumer cards to providing a variety of multi-rail payment solutions. Michael has been a key driver in developing and executing the strategy to evolve and diversify Mastercard, leading the acquisition of Vocalink and the pending transaction with Nets–to address a broader set of payment flows.
His collaborative approach creates scalable and trusted solutions for the exchange of payments and data towards a more inclusive digital economy where everyone is connected, and everyone can thrive.
He previously led Mastercard across the Middle East and Africa and held senior roles at both Barclays Bank and Citibank.
He is a member of the digital advisory council of Fannie Mae, which makes sustainable homeownership and workforce rental housing a reality for millions of Americans, and a member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Accion which gives people across the world the financial tools and services they need to prosper. Both roles give Michael the opportunity to pursue his passion for bringing more people greater opportunities in the formal economy. Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House New York City, a charity that offers vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being treated by the world’s leading pediatric cancer hospitals.
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Passau in Germany. He lives with his family in New York.
Raj Seshadri, President, Data & Services, Mastercard
Raj Seshadri is president of data and services at Mastercard, responsible for the global delivery of a wide range of capabilities, including analytics, insights, consulting, loyalty, engagement and innovation services. These activities reinforce the value of the core payment functionality to issuers, merchants, processors, acquirers and public-sector institutions.
Raj serves on the company’s management committee and originally joined Mastercard in April 2016 as president of U.S. issuers. In this role, she managed and substantially grew the company’s core business, services and partnerships with banks and credit unions in a very competitive market.
Previously, she was a managing director at BlackRock, leader of the iShares U.S. retail ETF business and the global chief marketing officer for iShares. Earlier in her career, Raj led Citigroup’s global strategy team and Citibusiness small business banking. She also held leadership roles at U.S. Trust in marketing, strategy and M&A; McKinsey & Company; and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
She serves as a member of the board of directors of Raymond James Financial Inc., the management board for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke College, the advisory board of South Asian Youth Action and the global board of the American India Foundation. Raj is an adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School and a member of the Partnership for New York David Rockefeller Fellows Program.
Raj received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in physics and mathematics, a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.
Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and President, Healthcare Business, Mastercard
Raja Rajamannar is the chief marketing and communications officer for Mastercard and president of the company’s healthcare business. He is responsible for successfully leading the company’s marketing transformation, including the integration of the marketing and communication functions, the development of its Priceless experiential platforms, and the creation and deployment of cutting edge marketing-led business models into the core of the company. Raja serves on the company’s management committee.
Raja has overseen the successful evolution of Mastercard’s identity for the digital age, pioneering Mastercard’s move to become a symbol brand and launching its breakthrough sonic brand platform.
With more than 30 years of experience as a global executive, Raja has been recognized for driving business transformation across a variety of geographies and multiple industries, including consumer products, financial services and healthcare. Prior to Mastercard, he served as chief transformation officer of the health insurance firm Anthem (formerly WellPoint) and served as chief innovation and marketing officer at Humana. Earlier in his career, Raja held senior management roles with Asian Paints, Unilever and Citibank.
Raja is among the Forbes 2018 Top 5 World’s Most Influential CMOs, Business Insider’s Top 25 World’s Most Innovative CMOs and one of AdWeek’s most tech-savvy CMOs. Most recently, he was named as the 2018 WFA Global Marketer of the Year. Raja is a member of the board of directors of PPL Corporation and Bon Secours Mercy Health. He is an inductee to The CMO Club 2018 CMO Hall of Fame and serves on the boards of the New York City Ballet, Cintrifuse and ANA. Raja also recently assumed the honorary role as president of the World Federation of Advertisers.
Shamina Singh, Executive Vice President of Sustainability and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Shamina Singh has spent her career building partnerships across the public, private and non-profit sectors to support positive social and economic impact. As Executive Vice President of Sustainability and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, she is responsible for advancing equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. Previously, she was Mastercard’s Global Director of Government Services and Solutions, where she worked to digitize social subsidy programs in over 40 countries.
In 2015, Shamina Singh was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a six-year term to the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency responsible for engaging more than five million citizens in community service. She is also a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships, an advisory body to the U.S. Government on policies, proposals and strategies for developing public-private partnerships that promote shared value with the private sector worldwide.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Shamina Singh led Government and Public Affairs for Nike and spent five years with Citigroup’s Global Community Development Group. Over a 15-year career in the public sector, she held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Shamina Singh is an alumna of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders program and currently serves on the Council on Economic Growth and Social Inclusion. She is on the board of Global Health Corps and the advisory boards of Data & Society and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Shamina Singh holds an M.P.A from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a B.S. from Old Dominion University.
Stefan Olander, Former Vice President, Global Digital Innovation for Nike
Stefan Olander is one of the world’s leading digital innovators. Over the past fifteen years he has led several groundbreaking global initiatives that have unlocked state-of-the-art and engaging consumer experiences.
As founder of BrandNew, Stefan is inspiring leaders, brands, and businesses to maximize their potential though deeply engaging, thought-provoking keynotes and workshops.
By combining deep brand understanding with technological insight, and carefully managing the human/tech equation, he articulates how we can bridge the gap between physical and digital to deliver solutions that create value for both consumers and businesses.
Prior to founding BrandNew, Stefan held several key leadership positions with Nike Inc. Blending his passion for the digital world with deep consumer understanding, he led many of Nike’s most innovative initiatives.
For the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he led the vision for “The Nike+ Human Race”, the world’s largest running event, that inspired 800,000 people around the world to run a 10K on the same day.
With the creation and launch of the Nike+ FuelBand in 2012, his team paved the way for a new revolution in wearables, that continued with the development of the industry awarded Apple Watch Nike+ experience in 2016.
In his role as Vice President/GM Nike+, Stefan lead a team dedicated to articulating the vision for a new consumer experience through the Nike+ member ecosystem; including the Nike app, as well as the popular Nike+ Training Club and Nike+ Run Club app-experiences.
Stefan also co-authored Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital, with Ajaz Ahmed, founder and Chairman of AKQA. The book, introduced by Sir Richard Branson, became a top 10 selling business title in the UK in 2012, with up-to-date examples that illustrated key lessons and industry insights, coupled with ideas and inspiration that individuals and businesses can adopt to thrive in the digital age. Since its launch, Velocity has been translated into five languages.
The same year, Stefan also claimed the #7 spot in Fast Company’s 10 Most Creative People in Business.
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, Historian & Bestselling Author
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and bestselling author, who is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. His popular books — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind , Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21 st Century — have sold 27.5 Million copies in 60 languages. They have been recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Chris Evans, Janelle Monáe, and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing “brainy books”. In autumn 2020 Harari is publishing Sapiens: A Graphic History : a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series, co-created with comics artists Daniel Vandermuelen and Daniel Casanave.
Harari, who is 44 and was born in Israel, started out in academia, earning his PhD from the University of Oxford. Following the huge success of his books, he went on to share a stage with world leaders like Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, as well as figures like Natalie Portman and Mark Zuckerberg. He publishes articles regularly in newspapers including the New York Times, the FT and The Guardian, speaks publicly at conferences that have recently included Davos 2020, and has given interviews on the global coronavirus crisis to major news channels including CNN and the BBC.
In 2019, Yuval and his husband (Itzik Yahav) co-founded Sapienship: a social impact company with projects in the fields of entertainment and education. Sapienship’s main goal is to focus the public conversation on the most important global challenges facing the world today.
Yuval Noah Harari is a professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his work is about macro-historical questions, such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?