Deborah Barta is the Senior Vice President of Innovation and Startup Engagement at Mastercard. Ms. Barta leads global innovation initiatives to experiment with new technologies, accelerate new concepts to market, and deliver transformative solutions to drive material growth. She also leads Mastercard's engagement with the global startup community through Start Path, the company's award-winning program that sources the world's leading startups as collaborators to build the future of commerce together.
In her role, Ms. Barta experiments with cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, to create breakthrough solutions that are designed for scale through an agile approach to research, development, incubation and pilot. She leads global research and development teams that work alongside key external partners, startups and the fintech community to identify key pain points and expedite new solutions to market.
Ms. Barta holds an M.B.A. from Webster University, a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Music from Washington University in St. Louis and a Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Stanford University.