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Edward Jones Dean's Speaker Series

The Edward Jones Dean's Speaker Series at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business brings together more than 1,200 area business leaders, policymakers, academics and students annually to discuss leading issues facing business in the 21st century.

7:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4

Driven by Purpose: Doing Well by Doing Good at Mastercard

Featuring Rahul Deshpande, Senior Vice President and CTO of Ethoca, a Mastercard Company

Can there be an intersection of corporate goals and individual purpose? It’s possible to have it both ways. Serving the interests of stakeholders — employees, communities and the broader public — is not only the right thing to do; it’s good for business. Mastercard has been a leader on the front lines of financial inclusion, inclusive growth and data responsibility for over a decade. The company believes in Doing Well by Doing Good so that everything they do enables people and the planet to thrive. Sustainable and inclusive economic activity has never been more challenging or more necessary.

On April 4, join Rahul Deshpande, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ethoca, to hear more about Mastercard’s business, its mission to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy, and his personal journey to give back to the community.

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About the Speaker

Rahul Deshpande, CTO of Ethoca, smiles at the cameraRahul Deshpande is the Chief Technology Officer for Ethoca, a Mastercard company, focused on building industry solutions that help businesses worldwide prevent chargebacks, fight friendly fraud and build better digital customer experiences through the power of data-based collaboration in real time. Before this role, he was senior vice president, digital strategy at Mastercard, where he built Mastercard’s Innovation Lab for Device/IoT and Digital Trust. He has also led the company's digital strategy for cyber and intelligence, where he worked on evaluating and driving M&A opportunities.

Rahul joined Mastercard Labs in 2014 and expanded its footprint. As Vice President of Engineering and R&D, he built and managed a team of engineers focused on advances in security, payment technologies, AI and digital standards across St. Louis, Dublin, Singapore, Pune, India and New York.

Before Mastercard, Rahul held several leadership positions in Fortune 500 logistics, supply chain, consulting and technology companies; built award-winning applications, intelligent pricing engines, and supply-chain networks and led R&D, product, engineering and enterprise architecture groups.

Rahul sits on the board of directors for the St. Louis Children’s Museum and is a member of the board of trustees for the St. Louis Marathi Association. He also received the 2022 Executive of the Year award from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St Louis.

An engineer with a background in Industrial Electronics, Rahul holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in computer science specializing in artificial intelligence and genetic programming from the University of Missouri.