Paulo Fernandes

VP of Strategic Partnerships
Mastercard Worldwide

Paulo Fernandes, a seasoned professional with over 20 years of international experience in the payments industry. He is currently responsible for developing partnerships and strategies to capture new payment flows in the Freight vertical focusing on Port Ecosystems and Digital Freight Exchanges. He has had multiple regional and global roles within Mastercard in leading the development of the payments and data solutions for corporate, banking and government clients ranging from financial inclusion, B2B e-commerce, supply-chain management, Travel, ACH Fast Payments and SME enablement.

Prior to joining MasterCard, Paulo developed payment solutions for global financial entities and governments, in the US, Europe, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with Visa International, RedRock Consulting, Mercantile bank and the Bank Of Lisbon.

Fernandes has an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in Scotland and an Economics degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Additionally, he is an associate member of South African Bankers Institute and holds a number of patents in the B2B payments space. He is also the founding member of the LAC Innovation Forum. Fernandes speaks English, Portuguese and Afrikaans-Dutch. He is based in Miami, Florida.