Sami Lahoud
Sami Lahoud

Sami Lahoud

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Sami Lahoud is Vice President, Global Thought Leadership for MasterCard. Based in the company’s headquarters in Purchase, New York, Sami is responsible for optimizing the CEO Communications and helping senior executives succeed with internal and external communications that position them as thought-leaders on key topics such as Financial Inclusion, Innovation and Safety & Security.

Prior to taking on this role in March 2015, Sami established and led the Communications function for MasterCard in the Middle East and Africa, out of the regional office in Dubai. He was responsible for driving the corporate communications function for the company across this fast growing region, covering 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.

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To tweet this news: #MasterCard announces licensing of @GTBankKenya to issue electronic payment products Nairobi, Kenya: MasterCard today announced the licensing of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) to issue MasterCard debit, credit and prepaid cards in Kenya. The collaboration is expected to increase the adoption of electronic payments in the country, especially in the retail banking sector. …
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More than half of online shoppers in Morocco use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels, shop for toys and gifts To tweet this news, copy and paste <#Online shopping witnesses rapid growth in Morocco>   Casablanca, Morocco: Consumers in Morocco are increasingly going online for their shopping needs, according to the 2014 Online …
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The MasterCard Online Shopping Behavior Study has been released in the Middle East and Africa, highlighting positive findings for online shopping across the region. In Africa, 71 per cent of respondents surveyed (in South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco) indicated that they are likely to make online purchases in the coming months, up from …
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Majority of Qatar’s online shoppers use the internet to buy professional development tools, book hotels, purchase digital content for entertainment and more. To tweet this news, copy and paste <#Online Shopping witnesses rapid growth in Qatar> Doha, Qatar: Consumers in Qatar are increasingly going online for their shopping needs, according to the 2014 Online Shopping …
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More than half of online shoppers in Oman use the internet to buy airline tickets, shop for clothes and beauty products, and more. To tweet this news, copy and paste <#MasterCard Online Shopping survey reveals online shopping trends in Middle East> Muscat, Sultanate of Oman: Consumers in the Sultanate of Oman are now gradually exploring …
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More than half of online shoppers in Lebanon use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels, shop for clothes, and more. Beirut, Lebanon: Consumers in Lebanon are now gradually exploring online shopping options, according to the 2014 Online Shopping Behaviour Study conducted by MasterCard.  In a significant sign of optimism for companies with an …
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Majority of consumers in Kuwait use the internet to buy books, CDs, DVDs, airline tickets, professional development tools, and more.  To tweet this news, copy and paste <#MasterCard Online Shopping survey reveals online shopping trends in Middle East> Kuwait City, Kuwait: Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular in Kuwait, according to the 2014 Online Shopping …
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More than half of online shoppers in Saudi Arabia use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels, shop for home appliances, and more. To tweet this news, copy and paste <#Online and Mobile shopping on the rise in Saudi Arabia> Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, …
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More than half of online shoppers in Egypt use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels, shop for home appliances and clothing To tweet this news, copy and paste <#Online shopping witnesses steady growth in Egypt> Cairo, Egypt: Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular in Egypt, according to the 2014 Online Shopping Behaviour Study …
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More than half of online shoppers in the UAE use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels, shop for home appliances, and more. To tweet this news, copy and paste <#MasterCard Online Shopping survey reveals online shopping trends in Middle East> Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Consumers in the UAE are increasingly going online for …
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