In his capacity as co-president for Asia Pacific at MasterCard, Ari Sarker leads all of the company’s activities in South East Asia and South Asia, including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationships with card issuers, public policy, merchants and merchant acquirers. He also sits on the company’s Management Committee.
Mr. Sarker has been with MasterCard since 2011, most recently serving as division president for South Asia and country corporate officer, India. He provided leadership to the South Asia team to drive core business growth and executing on the nascent but fast rising emerging payments opportunities.
He originally joined MasterCard as head of Network Processing for APMEA, developing significant partnership discussions with domestic switches and regulators on building an open vibrant payment market environment. In addition, Mr. Sarker has played an active role in leading, managing and identifying new equity investment opportunities covering processing, bill payment, prepaid and transit across the region.
Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Sarker spent more than 12 years with GE in a variety of senior roles in accounting, audit, corporate finance, and private equity across several key markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. In his last role prior to MasterCard, he led the GE Private Equity business in India.
Mr. Sarker holds a Commerce degree from Delhi University, a Masters of Business Administration from Cardiff University, and is a qualified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.