Walter de Oude
Group CEO and Founder, Singlife
As Asia rapidly embraces digital commerce, Mastercard’s Asia Pacific copresident Ari Sarker is establishing Mastercard as a natural partner of choice for firms in the fintech landscape.
In his role, Sarker oversees all of Mastercard’s activities in the region including sales, business strategy and development, as well relationships with banks, merchants, and governments.
It is in the area of fintech, however, that he is helping innovate Mastercard in the region.
At the end of 2019, the brand launched its Fintech Express in the region. The tailored program provides fintech startups with increased speed-to-market, access to a suite of digital-first products, and a cross-functional team of experts to be able to successfully build their offerings
Sarker, who joined Mastercard in 2011 following 12 years at GE, is also an advocate of digitizing the true growth engines of economies — the small merchants and micro SMEs. By focusing on building and creating partnerships around value-added services, such as micro financing, credit underwriting, and instalment payments, he believes Mastercard can better enable them to do business.
“The digital economy is the future and Asia is already leaping ahead,” Sarker tells Business Insider. “By partnering actively with governments, banks, fintechs and telcos, we’re creating powerful infrastructures and vibrant marketplaces with the highest levels of speed, security and accessibility.”