Sami Lahoud

Co-Founder & CEO
United States
MFC Council member


Sami Lahoud is the co-founder and CEO of EMpact, a newly created incubator and accelerator of startups in frontier markets, including in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

He is a seasoned professional with a multi-disciplinary, global career in multiple industries, with concentration in payments over the past 15 years. He just concluded a 10-year career with Mastercard in various senior leadership roles including the position of Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships and Infrastructure. In the last few years, Sami has been focused on modernizing the microfinance industry through digital transformation. Within this capacity, he has been assisting MFC and its Members in the process of connecting to the Mastercard payments network and other digital solutions.

Sami Lahoud proudly serves as a Council Member of the Microfinance Centre.