Sami Lahoud
Sami Lahoud

Sami Lahoud

MEDIA CONTACT: VP, MasterCard Communications

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Sami Lahoud is Vice President - Communications, Middle East and Africa for MasterCard. Based in Dubai, Sami is responsible for driving the corporate communications function for the company across the Middle East and Africa region. The function is responsible for: external and internal communications, social channels, philanthropy and citizenship, public affairs, and corporate events.

Sami joined MasterCard in 2012 from Barclays where he established the Corporate Affairs function for the Emerging Markets business set up to spearhead the growth of Barclays in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and East Europe. Prior to Barclays, Sami held several senior level positions within leading organizations such as Boeing, where his work involved enhancing the brand and reputation in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, building competitive advantage and actively supporting major customer campaigns across civil and defense aerospace products.

Sami has lived in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon, working for leading communications consultancies such as Weber Shandwick and Hill & Knowlton. Prior to that, he worked as a Business Editor for Al Iktissad Wal Aamal, the leading Arabic pan Arab business publication.

Sami’s communications experience includes corporate branding & identity, brand & reputation management, public policy, public and media relations, events management, citizenship and sustainability, internal communications and crisis management.

Sami holds a Masters Degree in Money and Banking from the American University of Beirut.

e-mail: Sami_Lahoud@MasterCard.com
Phone: +971-56-216-9273

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Our work with governments in Africa allows them to be more efficient and transparent, and enables financial inclusion for millions of people who have not traditionally had access to financial services.    

For the first time, a physical MasterCard companion card is available to people using mobile money services in Africa. Launched today in Zimbabwe, the EcoCash mobile money companion debit card enables consumers currently reliant on mobile money services in that country to withdraw cash from MasterCard-licensed ATMs, and purchase goods from merchants accepting MasterCard payment cards. …
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Shoppers in South Africa will be the first in the Middle East and Africa region to experience MasterPass™, a simpler, quicker, safer and more convenient way to shop online. Launched today in Johannesburg, MasterPass allows consumers to store all their MasterCard or other branded credit, debit or cheque card information, and shipping and billing address …
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Standard Bank the first bank to offer the MasterPass digital service To tweet this news, copy and paste <#MasterCard launches #MasterPass in South Africa – a first in the MEA region http://mstr.cd/1n1JYTO> Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 July 2014 – South Africans will now benefit from a more seamless, speedy and secure online shopping checkout with …
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Accra, the capital of Ghana, is the African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2014 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). This is the second consecutive year that Accra has taken the top spot on the Index. Casablanca (Morocco) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) are the second and third ranked large …
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