Ajay Banga

Under Ajay’s leadership, Mastercard has become a company where inclusion, opportunity and empowerment for women are global priorities. He has always believed that ending all forms of gender discrimination and fostering women’s participation in the global economy isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also good business. Mastercard has become a leader in products designed for women and his support in helping them get access to finance and funding shows up in many of the company’s programs, including a $250 million commitment to support small businesses globally and linking identification to payments to benefit the millions of women globally who lack formal ID. Ajay also provided the pioneering vision for Girls4Tech™, the award-winning education program developed to teach STEM foundations and principles to girls around the world. Beyond Mastercard, Ajay is involved in global initiatives and organizations which encourage and empower women financially. He has partnered with World Bank to help women in under-developed areas, and regularly speaks to executive groups and student groups on the importance of inclusion and decency.

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