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R. Jesse McWaters
Global Head of Digital Public Policy, VP, Mastercard, USA

R. Jesse McWaters leads Mastercard’s global public policy strategy for digital issues. In this role he advises Mastercard’s senior leadership on emerging digital trends and is responsible for developing thought leadership on how a range of issues, including AI, central bank digital currencies, blockchain, and M2M payments, could impact the strategic, policy, and regulatory landscape of the payments industry over the medium to long term.

Prior to joining Mastercard Jesse served as Financial Innovation Lead at the World Economic Forum where he convened senior financial services executives, fintech founders, and global regulators to explore how emerging technologies are reshaping the global financial ecosystem. Based on this work, Jesse established the Forum’s Future of Financial Services series and was lead author of eight major reports that provided valuable insights to the private sector and have been cited by an array of academics and policy makers including the Bank of England, The Financial Stability Board, and the US Department of Commerce.

Jesse is a frequent media commentator on fintech, having been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell, and quoted in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Bloomberg. He has presented his insights to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, The Federal Reserve Board, The Peoples Bank of China, The European Parliament, and the IMF, as well as numerous leading financial institutions