Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years’ experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs’ R&D initiatives in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning and Quantum Computing. In this role, Steve’s team is responsible for supporting Mastercard product groups as they look to introduce AI & ML technologies to their products and services.

Steve has been with Mastercard for six years. Steve’s initial role with Mastercard was with the global Mastercard Start Path team – Mastercard’s startup engagement activity. In this role, he supported fintech startup companies, connecting them to Mastercard and its global network of customers, accelerating their internal innovation activities.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Government agency investing in academic research. At SFI he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m in the software and computer science areas. Prior to that, Steve spent ten years in various senior software development roles in a variety of industry verticals.

Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin.