Stephen Kehoe is Head of Global Financial Inclusion at Visa Inc., responsible driving the company’s strategy to meet the needs of under-banked populations around the world. The central mission of Visa is to be the best way to pay and be paid - for everyone, everywhere. Visa believes this can ultimately be achieved by deploying its network and technology to drive payment solutions to promote financial inclusion for all.
Stephen Kehoe’s work takes him around the world, particularly into emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America where he focuses on new ways to bring financial services to some of the 2.5bn people in the world who have no access to savings, credit and insurance products. Ultimately, Visa believes that investing behind financial inclusion will achieve long-term revenue gains for the company in addition to delivering valuable social impact.
Stephen has lived and worked in different places throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Before joining Visa in July 2010, he was Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at PepsiCo, the world’s second largest food and beverage company. He was based at the company’s headquarters in New York. Prior to moving to the United States in 2008, he was based in PepsiCo’s operations in Brussels, Belgium, and London, UK.
Before joining PepsiCo in 2003, Stephen pursued a career in public affairs and public relations consulting with a variety of firms, including APCO Worldwide (London), Weber Shandwick (Washington, DC) and Adamson BSMG Worldwide (Brussels). He also worked in the European Aerospace industry as Deputy European Director for British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). Stephen Kehoe began his career in the European Parliament in Brussels.