Gabriel Swanepoel is the Head of Digital Payments for MasterCard in South Africa. He is responsible for all aspects of innovation and product development from project inception to commercialisation.
Gabriel has been involved in New Business Development and Innovation initiatives within the Payments industry for the past fourteen years. Prior to joining MasterCard, Gabriel was the New Business and Innovation Manager for Verifone Africa, where he oversaw all new product and business development initiatives in South Africa. Prior to Verifone, Gabriel contracted to MTN Mobile Money and before that also served as the New Technologies Manager for Visa in Sub Saharan Africa, where he was responsible for all the innovation initiatives throughout Sub Saharan Africa, specifically with a focus on Mobile and Contactless projects.
Gabriel’s focus on innovation coupled with an entrepreneurial approach has also brought success when he was one of the founders of XLink Communications, a machine to machine communications business, which today is one of the leading providers of card terminal and ATM communications services in South Africa.