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Start Path Team

Our team becomes your team, adding value and opening doors that will help you scale and grow.

Amy Neale

Start Path

Amy Neale

Start Path

With a background in investment & commercialization, Amy brings a mix of tech, communications, and a customer focus to support growth.

With a background in investment & commercialization, Amy brings a mix of tech, communications, and a customer focus to support growth.

Steve Flinter

Start Path

Steve Flinter

Start Path

Industry expert across the startup space, deep domain knowledge in enabling startups to solve key technology and investment issues.

With a background in investment & commercialization, Amy brings a mix of tech, communications, and a customer focus to support growth.

Industry expert across the startup space, deep domain knowledge in enabling startups to solve key technology and investment issues.

Ian O’Sullivan

Start Path

Ian O’Sullivan

Start Path

With a background in banking and in the startup space, Ian connects Mastercard customers with relevant, innovative startups to accelerate product development.

With a background in banking and in the startup space, Ian connects Mastercard customers with relevant, innovative startups to accelerate product development.

Azriel Chelst

Start Path

Azriel Chelst

Start Path

With a background in corporate R&D and an MBA in entrepreneurship & innovation, Azriel brings his technical and business background to help develop new products and solutions.

With a background in banking and in the startup space, Ian connects Mastercard customers with relevant, innovative startups to accelerate product development.

With a background in corporate R&D and an MBA in entrepreneurship & innovation, Azriel brings his technical and business background to help develop new products and solutions.

Mohit Chhatrapati

Start Path

Mohit Chhatrapati

Start Path

Previously in investment banking and on the M&A team at Mastercard, Mohit brings deep experience in fintech investing, business development and strategy.

Previously in investment banking and on the M&A team at Mastercard, Mohit brings deep experience in fintech investing, business development and strategy.

Ilana Messing

Start Path

Ilana Messing

Start Path

A former startup founder and ex-banker, Ilana brings experience helping startups establish and execute new growth opportunities.

Previously in investment banking and on the M&A team at Mastercard, Mohit brings deep experience in fintech investing, business development and strategy.

A former startup founder and ex-banker, Ilana brings experience helping startups establish and execute new growth opportunities.

MasterCard Experts

Expertise From Across Our Global Product Team.

PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY

Adam Sommer

PCI

Adam Sommer

PCI

Represents MasterCard on the PCI Security Standards Council’s (PCI SSC) various working groups, provides PCI related training and acts as a general security and compliance advocate.

Tim Bengson

Fraud Management

Tim Bengson

Fraud Management

Leads the Innovation & Emerging Technologies team in MasterCard’s Fraud Management Solutions, responsible for identifying and evaluating new technologies, focused on fraud and product security.

Represents MasterCard on the PCI Security Standards Council’s (PCI SSC) various working groups, provides PCI related training and acts as a general security and compliance advocate.

Leads the Innovation & Emerging Technologies team in MasterCard’s Fraud Management Solutions, responsible for identifying and evaluating new technologies, focused on fraud and product security.

Dina Tate

Digital marketing

Dina Tate

Digital marketing

Manages B2B global digital marketing and all things cookie compliance.

Eugene Khvostov

Emerging Payments

Eugene Khvostov

Emerging Payments

Leads MasterCard inControl consumer products, focused on helping companies deliver the value of MasterCard inControl to their customers and users.

Manages B2B global digital marketing and all things cookie compliance.

Leads MasterCard inControl consumer products, focused on helping companies deliver the value of MasterCard inControl to their customers and users.

Patricia Bateson

Mobile PoS

Patricia Bateson

Mobile PoS

Responsible for the development and commercialization of mobile devices as Point of Sale solutions around the globe that create innovative acceptance opportunities.

Ed Kilbane

MasterCard Labs

Ed Kilbane

MasterCard Labs

Responsible for defining and driving the roadmap for Labs’ mobile commerce platform called Qkr

Responsible for the development and commercialization of mobile devices as Point of Sale solutions around the globe that create innovative acceptance opportunities.

Responsible for defining and driving the roadmap for Labs’ mobile commerce platform called Qkr

Peru Shanmugam

MasterCard Labs

Peru Shanmugam

MasterCard Labs

Works on the Labs R&D team with over 14 years of software development experience across big data, recommendations and mobile services.

James Noe

EMV and Contactless

James Noe

EMV and Contactless

Responsible for technology around mobile and remote payments with over 14 years experience in the industry.

Works on the Labs R&D team with over 14 years of software development experience across big data, recommendations and mobile services.

Responsible for technology around mobile and remote payments with over 14 years experience in the industry.

Gowri Narayanan

EMV and Contactless

Gowri Narayanan

EMV and Contactless

Part of the Emerging Payments team in the US, with primary focus on EMV and contactless adoption.

Victor Lopes

P2P

Victor Lopes

P2P

Responsible for the development and commercialization of domestic person-to-person payment solutions.

Part of the Emerging Payments team in the US, with primary focus on EMV and contactless adoption.

Responsible for the development and commercialization of domestic person-to-person payment solutions.

Shekhar Sahgal

Prepaid

Shekhar Sahgal

Prepaid

Oversees the commercialization of MasterCard prepaid programs and capabilities across the globe.

Jason Field

Prepaid

Jason Field

Prepaid

Responsible for ensuring the growth and success of prepaid solutions across Western Europe.

Oversees the commercialization of MasterCard prepaid programs and capabilities across the globe.

Responsible for ensuring the growth and success of prepaid solutions across Western Europe.

Brien Buckman

Open API

Brien Buckman

Open API

Responsible for developer engagement, API product commercialization, and platform enhancements.

John Forrest

InControl

John Forrest

InControl

Member of the inControl Europe team, an industry expert on banking and payments with both business and technical experience.

Responsible for developer engagement, API product commercialization, and platform enhancements.

Member of the inControl Europe team, an industry expert on banking and payments with both business and technical experience.

Rahul Deshpande

Simplify

Rahul Deshpande

Simplify

Manages engineering for Simplify Commerce, focusing on how to make payment channels secure but simple to use.

Sebastien Taveau

Open API

Sebastien Taveau

Open API

Serves as Chief Developer Evangelist for the Open API team, leads the outreach of the global developer community.

Manages engineering for Simplify Commerce, focusing on how to make payment channels secure but simple to use.

Serves as Chief Developer Evangelist for the Open API team, leads the outreach of the global developer community.

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BUSINESS & STRATEGY

Matt Mayo

Retail

Matt Mayo

Retail

Responsible for the Retail Development team in the UK, maximising new business development opportunities with Retail customers.

Laura Mackenzie

Retail

Laura Mackenzie

Retail

Leads MasterCard’s relationships with the largest US merchants.

Responsible for the Retail Development team in the UK, maximising new business development opportunities with Retail customers.

Leads MasterCard’s relationships with the largest US merchants.

Will Judge

Transit

Will Judge

Transit

Leads MasterCard’s work on urban transportation and smart city mobility in collaboration with leading industry players.

Brian Gendron

Communications

Brian Gendron

Communications

Leads worldwide external communications for Emerging Payments and Core Products.

Leads MasterCard’s work on urban transportation and smart city mobility in collaboration with leading industry players.

Leads worldwide external communications for Emerging Payments and Core Products.

Amanda Gioia

Communications

Amanda Gioia

Communications

Responsible for managing and implementing technology based PR efforts and leadership communications.

Responsible for the Retail Development team in the UK, maximising new business development opportunities with Retail customers.

Leads MasterCard’s relationships with the largest US merchants.

Leads MasterCard’s work on urban transportation and smart city mobility in collaboration with leading industry players.

Leads worldwide external communications for Emerging Payments and Core Products.

Responsible for managing and implementing technology based PR efforts and leadership communications.

Hunter Woolley

Cobrand

Hunter Woolley

Cobrand

Leads co-brand business development, developing new card programs in the airline, hotel and retail industries.

Darren Deal

Prepaid

Darren Deal

Prepaid

Leads the UK & Ireland prepaid team managing the entire value chain including account management and business development.

Lee Russell

Prepaid

Lee Russell

Prepaid

Responsible for Prepaid relationship management and business development with the issuing and Program Manager community in the UK & Ireland.

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team members
Startup Evangelists

Wherever you are in the world, our evangelizers are your local connections and connectors in MasterCard.

Miroslav Lukes

Czech Republic

Miroslav Lukes

Czech Republic

Chief Evangelist and Cluster Manager for Austria, Czech, Slovakia.

Andras Hemberger

Israel

Andras Hemberger

Israel

Chief Evangelist and Cluster Manager for Israel, Hungary and Romania.

Chief Evangelist and Cluster Manager for Austria, Czech, Slovakia.

Chief Evangelist and Cluster Manager for Israel, Hungary and Romania.

Erik Gutwasser

Baltics

Erik Gutwasser

Baltics

Evangelist for European Nordics and Baltics region.

Irina Lapshina

Russia

Irina Lapshina

Russia

Evangelist for Moscow, Russia.

Evangelist for European Nordics and Baltics region.

Evangelist for Moscow, Russia.

Gerald Gruber

Austria

Gerald Gruber

Austria

Chief Evangelist and General Manager for Austria.

Bartosz Ciolkowski

Poland

Bartosz Ciolkowski

Poland

Chief Evangelist and General Manager for Poland.

Chief Evangelist and General Manager for Austria.

Chief Evangelist and General Manager for Poland.

Aamir Ahmad

United Kingdom

Aamir Ahmad

United Kingdom

Evangelist for United Kingdom.

Matthias Sigmund

Germany

Matthias Sigmund

Germany

Evangelist for Germany.

Evangelist for United Kingdom.

Evangelist for Germany.

Ayodele George

Canada

Ayodele George

Canada

Evangelist for Canada.

Ana Lisa De Sousa

United Kingdom

Ana Lisa De Sousa

United Kingdom

Evangelist for United Kingdom.

Evangelist for Canada.

Evangelist for United Kingdom.

Jandré Nieuwoudt

Dubai

Jandré Nieuwoudt

Dubai

Evangelist for Dubai.

Axel Trolle-Henckel

Sweden

Axel Trolle-Henckel

Sweden

Evangelist for European Nordic Region.

Evangelist for Dubai.

Evangelist for European Nordic Region.

Aleksander Naganowski

Poland

Aleksander Naganowski

Poland

Evangelist for Poland.

Krishnadas Mohandas

Singapore

Krishnadas Mohandas

Singapore

Evangelist for Southeast Asia.

Evangelist for Poland.

Evangelist for Southeast Asia.

Hemal Shah

Baroda, India

Hemal Shah

Baroda, India

Evangelist for Baroda, India.

Priyanka Chandorkar

Pune, India

Priyanka Chandorkar

Pune, India

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Evangelist for Baroda, India.

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Devang Joshi

Pune, India

Devang Joshi

Pune, India

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Akash Agarwal

Pune, India

Akash Agarwal

Pune, India

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Adarsh Kumar

Pune, India

Adarsh Kumar

Pune, India

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Richard Walitza

Austria

Richard Walitza

Austria

Evangelist for European CEE Cluster.

Evangelist for Pune, India.

Evangelist for European CEE Cluster.

Vikas Saraogi

Mumbai, India

Vikas Saraogi

Mumbai, India

Evangelist for Mumbai, India.

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