Sandun Hapugoda appointed Mastercard Country Manager for Sri Lanka & Maldives
Mastercard announced the appointment of Sandun Hapugoda as its new Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sandun succeeds Rajesh Mani who has transitioned to another role within Mastercard. Sandun joined Mastercard in 2017 to lead the company’s Digital and Value Added Services business in Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Since then he has been instrumental in deepening the company’s partnerships with banking and non-banking financial institutions, fintechs and merchants by enhancing and streamlining their digital payment journeys. Sandun was also actively involved in the launch of the first EMV mPOS solution, SoftPOS and Mastercard’s cyber and intelligence solutions in the region.
Outside of Mastercard, Sandun is a member of the committee appointed by the Ministry of Technology, Government of Sri Lanka, to advise cabinet members on digital banking, blockchain related industries and cryptocurrency policy formulation. He is also a steering committee member for the National Science Foundation for technology research. Sandun will report to to Vikas Varma, Chief Operating Officer, South Asia, Mastercard.
Speaking about the appointment, Varma said, “Sandun brings nearly two decades of experience and expertise across multiple areas of the banking and payments industry to his new position. Having already worked closely with many of our customers and partners in Sri Lanka and Maldives, Sandun will be instrumental in strengthening our existing partnerships and forging new ones as we continue to build and nurture a vibrant digital ecosystem across Sri Lanka and Maldives.”