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Salah Goss

Salah Goss is a financial inclusion expert specializing in digital solutions. She is currently Senior Vice President at Mastercard running international markets for financial inclusion at the base of the economic pyramid. Previously, she was Head of the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Nairobi where she oversaw technology innovation and product development focused on developing markets. Her previous roles at Mastercard also include Vice President, Global Products and Solutions where she partnered with the development community, NGOs and governments to design payments and financial services solutions that foster financial inclusion and address wider economic development challenges. Salah holds three process and technology patents, representing her contribution to the development of innovative digital solutions while at Mastercard.

Salah previously worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she focused on innovative business models for mobile-enabled financial products. Prior to The Gates Foundation, Salah worked as a financial analyst at Sanabel Microfinance Network of Arab Countries in Cairo, Egypt. While in West Africa, she led the establishment of the West Africa Regional Office of the Soros Open Society Foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. Early in her career, she worked for the United States Department of Commerce as a Partnership Specialist where she received an award for outstanding performance.

Salah has coauthored numerous articles, including an article on financial inclusion featured in the World Economic Forum, “The Mobile Financial Services Development Report 2011”. In 2007, Salah was recognized as a National Security and Education Program David L. Boren Fellow and in 2016 Salah became a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Most recently in 2019, Salah was awarded the Outstanding Corporate Social Intrapreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Salah is a member of the board of directors for Root Capital and Global Advisory Board for Planned Parenthood International.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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