Rama Sridhar leads Mastercard’s growth diversification efforts in the Asia Pacific region by maximizing the company’s participation in digital ecosystems and creating strategic partnerships to modernize payment infrastructure and accelerate digitization of payment flows across national ecosystems. Operating with a start-up mindset, Rama’s team of technologists and business and financial professionals work with every stakeholder in the digital commerce ecosystem – digital tech platforms, governments and central banks, digital banks and fintechs. Through powerful strategic partnerships, Rama’s group uses technology to advance digital ecosystems and payment flows, helping to create more financially inclusive economies. During her 30-year career which has spanned financial services, technology and payments across multiple geographies and organizations, Rama has merged her expertise in each area to drive transformative change. Her broad range of leadership roles, and experience in managing large P&Ls, have shaped her as a business head with the strategic and commercial acumen to scale ideas to their full potential, create robust business and operating models, and steer mid- to large-sized corporates to execute new growth strategies. Rama is particularly passionate about mentoring talent, especially women in technology, to help them achieve their corporate leadership potential. She is an active supporter of causes that make a meaningful difference for women, whether through education, career mentoring, entrepreneurship guidance or health care. For her significant contributions to the financial and tech sectors, the Singapore government named Rama to its 100 Women in Tech list in 2020. She also holds a seat on Singapore’s Future Economy Council, and a Director position on the board of the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN), where she works to establish collaboration between fintechs and financial institutions. In 2021, Rama became a member of the Forbes Business Development Council, an invitation-only organization where senior business leaders contribute their perspectives and insights to help fellow Council members and the broader community to solve their business challenges.