Pankaj Asthaana, Vice President – Digital Payments & Labs, Middle East & North, Mastercard Africa
Pankaj heads digital product management at Mastercard for Middle East and North Africa. His responsibilities include the commercialization of contactless payments, e-commerce, digital and tokenized wallets, secure remote commerce, Card-on-File, QR payments, remittances and Labs. Within Labs, his team works with clients and fintech to prototype, pilot and productize innovation in the market.
Pankaj joined Mastercard in 2015. He has worked with other leading payment networks as well as Bank of America where he handled corporate payment product solutions and at Western Union where he worked closely in driving network and business growth in South Asia. With over 19 years’ experience, he comes with a strong understanding of the payments business and ecosystems with exposure across APAC and MEA markets. He has two key patent invention filings that are being used to commercialize Mastercard’s QR payment solutions globally.
Pankaj is a strong believer in working with non-FIs, government, merchants, fintech as well as players from other industries to develop safer and scalable payment ecosystems that improve safety and convenience, displace cash and build financially inclusive economies