Matt Barr

Senior Vice President, Product & Innovation
Mastercard Australasia

Matt is responsible for the development and execution of Mastercard’s product strategy in Australasia, covering Core (Credit, Debit, Commercial and Prepaid products), Digital (Masterpass and Mastercard Digital Enablement Service) and New Payments Flows (Mastercard Send and Fast ACH). Matt has held this role since early 2017.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs for North America, based in New York for three years, he was responsible for Masterpass, Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), Mastercard Send, contactless and EMV adoption. Matt was instrumental in the establishment of Mastercard’s digital payments platforms that will be the foundation in the evolution of global payments in the decades ahead.

Matt originally joined Mastercard as Head of Market Development & Innovation based in Sydney, where he was responsible for the development of emerging payment services, including both mobile and e-commerce payments and the development of the world leading contactless ecosystem.

Prior to joining MasterCard in 2011, Matt was an Executive at Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications company, where he was responsible for core mobile services product development. He has also worked in Retail Banking, New Media and Management Consulting in a broad career that has provided invaluable experience in the definition and delivery of technology and service based innovation.

Matt holds an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering from Canterbury University, New Zealand, and, as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSC in Economics.