Salah Goss

Senior Vice President, Global Markets Humanitarian & Development - Mastercard


Salah Goss is a financial inclusion expert specializing in mobile money, agent banking and community-managed microfinance. Salah is currently head of Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion and previously served as vice president, Global Products and Solutions at MasterCard where she partners with the development community to design payments and financial services solutions that foster financial inclusion and address wider economic development challenges. She 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 in Africa as a financial analyst at Sanabel Microfinance Network of Arab Countries in Cairo, Egypt and then as grants administrator for the West Africa Regional Office of the Soros Open Society Foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. In 2011 she coauthored 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. She was a founding steering committee member of Women Advancing Microfinance Arab Region and a Washington C.A.S.H. steering committee member. Salah earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University where she was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership and Academic Honors Society. Salah is a graduate of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University where she was a SAIS Fellow. She is proficient in French and speaks beginning Arabic. Salah is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.