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Who We Are

Amy Neale

Amy Neale
Amy Neale leads the Start Path team globally. With a background in strategic partnerships, early stage investing and technology licensing, Amy brings a mix of technology and customer focus to support growth
Shyam Mohan

Shyam Mohan
Leading Start Path for Middle East and Africa, Shyam combines experience of business development, payments and digital to create meaningful engagements between banks, merchants and startups
Ian O’Sullivan

Ian O’Sullivan
Leading Start Path for Europe, Ian uses his background in both banking and startups to connect corporates with relevant, innovative startups to accelerate innovation
Sabrina Tharani

Sabrina Tharani
Leading sourcing and diligence for Start Path, Sabrina brings her vast venture network and payments experience together to identify best in class startups
Mohamed Khalil

Mohamed Khalil
An investment professional, Mohamed leads the Start Path fund to invest in startup companies and drive strategic returns to Mastercard.
Ilana Messing

Ilana Messing
Leading Start Path for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ilana brings her experiences as both a startup founder and banker to help startups establish and execute new growth opportunities
Angenette Meaney

Angenette Meaney
An innovation professional with experience in deal structuring and domain expertise in the security space, Angenette structures the Start Path program to deliver maximum value to participating startups.
Chris Gillings

Chris Gillings
Leading Start Path for North America, Chris combines deep fintech knowledge with a background in growth stage private equity to identify startups that can collaborate with Mastercard and our key customers
Fiona Hyland

Fiona Hyland
A professional marketer, Fiona brings her expertise across digital and traditional marketing to tell the Start Path journey and to support our startups to craft their narratives
Li Li Ling

Li Li Ling
Leading Start Path in Asia Pacific and China, Lili brings experiences of financial services, startups, and research insights to create business development opportunities within the region and beyond
Naresh Ponnana

Naresh Ponnana
Focusing on Start Path in Asia Pacific and China, Naresh combines his banking and startup engagement experience to forge strong collaborative projects and create impact
Deb Barta

Deb Barta
As Senior Vice President for Innovation and Startup Engagement, Debbie leads teams that work alongside employees, corporates, startups and the fintech community to identify and experiment with future technologies through an agile approach to research, development, incubation and pilot
Annie Njenga

Annie Njenga
With a strong background in product development and startup engagement across different industries, Annie leads Start Path initiatives in Sub Saharan and Southern Africa, working on new opportunities for startups and Mastercard
Fatma Sajwani

Fatma Sajwani
Leads Start Path engagements for Middle East and North Africa. She combines her payment industry background along with strong belief in the power of financial technology to develop win-win partnerships
Jade Latson

Jade Latson
With a passion for accelerating innovation, Jade brings marketing and event coordination skills to the Start Path team. She combines these relevant passions to forge strong relationships between our portfolio of startups and our corporate members
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