SVP of Global Acceptance Product Development and Innovation, Mastercard
Zahir Khoja is Senior Vice President, Global Acceptance Product Development and Innovation
at Mastercard. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and executing solutions that will
enable new growth opportunities for stakeholders such as acquirers, merchants (traditional and
e-comm), consumers, government and other eco system partners through the use of innovative
payment solutions and enhanced consumer experiences.
Mr. Khoja joined Mastercard in 2012 as the chief executive officer for Mobile Payment Solutions
(MPS), a joint venture between Mastercard and SMART Hub Inc. where he was responsible for
deploying mobile solutions in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey.
Prior to that Mr. Khoja was Executive Director for Mobile Commerce at Roshan, Afghanistan’s
leading total communications provider and President for M-Paisa, Afghanistan’s first
commercially-licensed mobile money service, which he project managed in its entirety. He was
also instrumental in setting up the Afghanistan Mobile Money Operators Association (AMMOA)
with support from USAID and the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
Mr. Khoja has held several additional senior-level positions at Virgin Mobile, TELUS and Pepsi
Cola in Canada.
He currently serves as a board advisor for Kudos, an online social recognition platform and as a
member of the Grameen Foundation Technology Center Advisory Board.
Mr. Khoja holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honors Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa in Canada, in addition to completing several
executive education courses at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the University of British