Our Executives

Mark Elliott
Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa

Mark Elliott is our Division President, Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), and leads the team that is expanding payments, extending services and embracing new networks across the region. 

He is responsible for the overall performance, strategic direction, and brand development of the SSA Division which comprises 3 clusters namely Southern Africa, East Africa, and West Africa.   Mark thrives on identifying new strategies and partnerships to scale the latest technologies in payments, driving financial inclusion and enabling SME’s to grow - which is a passion point for both himself and Mastercard as a business.

Mark joined Mastercard (Dubai) in 2011 as Global Products and Solutions Lead for Middle East and Africa (MEA) region before moving to South Africa to take up country management responsibilities.

Prior to Mastercard, he worked at Barclays Group (London) where he worked in the M&A team leading on acquisitions and divestments across the Nordics and Europe before moving into commercial roles based in South Africa and Dubai.  He started his career as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen (London), before moving to PwC and ING Barings (Hong Kong), with a focus on financial institutions M&A.

He started life in London before moving to India and then Hong Kong to finish his schooling.  He loves to travel and live a healthy lifestyle in and around emerging markets.