Journey to one billion

PODCAST

We're speaking to Mastercard experts and business leaders across the Middle East and Africa and around the world who are working together to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy that works for everyone, everywhere. Mastercard has made a commitment to financially include one billion people into the digital economy by 2025. This is the journey to one billion.

Episode one

Building a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy

Ajay Banga, Mastercard’s executive chairman


In this episode we hear from Ajay Banga, Mastercard’s executive chairman, who took up the role after an 11-year tenure as Mastercard’s CEO, during which time he led the company to triple its revenues and quadruple its profits, and set the company on a journey to financially include one billion people into the digital economy by 2025. 

Episode two

Unleashing the power of the digital economy in the Middle East and Africa

Raghu Malhotra, co-president of International Markets


In this episode, we examine the power of the digital economy in the Middle East and Africa and how financial inclusion is driving economic growth across the region. We are joined by Raghu Malhotra, Mastercard's co-president of International Markets, responsible for Mastercard’s growth strategy across more than 200 countries and territories.

Episode three

Unlocking the female economy and empowering women entrepreneurs

Ann Cairns, executive vice chair of Mastercard, and Sarah Beydoun, founder and creative director for Sarah’s Bag


Meet Ann Cairns, executive vice chair at Mastercard, and Sarah Beydoun, founder and creative director of Lebanese fashion house and social enterprise Sarah’s Bag. Hear how Mastercard is going to include 50 million SMEs and 25 million women entrepreneurs into the digital economy by 2025 and get inspired by Sarah, just one of the entrepreneurs Mastercard is working with.

Episode four

Digitizing economies to advance inclusion and accelerate economic prosperity

Khalid Elgibali, Mastercard’s division president for the Middle East and North Africa, and Aref Al-Ramli, chief executive officer at Emirates Digital Wallet


In this episode we speak with Khalid Elgibali, Mastercard’s division president for the Middle East and North Africa, and Aref Al-Ramli, chief executive officer at Emirates Digital Wallet, to hear how governments are spearheading impactful initiatives across the region to drive financial inclusion at scale and advance social and economic opportunities for their citizens. 

Episode five

Innovating for impact in the African payments industry

Mark Elliott, Mastercard’s division president, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Clayton Hayward, co-founder and CEO of Ukheshe Technologies


In this episode we discuss the important role of fostering collaborative partnerships to create an environment where innovators can thrive. To discuss this, we are joined by Mark Elliott, Mastercard’s division president for Sub-Saharan Africa, and Clayton Hayward, co-founder and CEO of Ukheshe Technologies, a South African startup turned pan-African fintech.

Episode 6

Understanding tomorrow’s consumer in the future digital landscape

Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard's Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, and Sonia Lekhal, Chief Marketing Officer, Talabat


In this episode we welcome Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and President of its Healthcare Business, and Sonia Lekhal, Chief Marketing Officer for food delivery giant Talabat. We get their expert view on how to understand tomorrow’s consumer in the future digital landscape and why marketing can be both a force for growth and a force for good.

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