Asha is a sales and business leader with deep experience in payments, cash management, treasury and trade solutions within global organisations. During her time at both ANZ and Citi, she gained experience across all client segments - financial institutions, multinational corporations and Australian based institutional clients – building out payments and treasury solutions for clients with local, regional and global coverage. 

In 2018, after 14 years in institutional banking, she moved to Mastercard to dive deeper into the world of payments, and to build and execute the strategy for the future of Mastercard’s relationships and engagement with business clients and Government agencies across Australia and New Zealand. The role includes working with the product team to ensure products meet our client needs and will deliver our commercial objectives. Included in her remit is the opportunity to work with local, State and Federal Government departments and agencies across the Tasman on driving Mastercard’s Smart Cities agenda. With the trend towards urbanisation set to continue, Mastercard helps cities by embedding digital payments in a city’s DNA, helping cities unlock the power of data and digital engagement and by embedding secure, frictionless payment options into everyday activities, like taking public transport. 

More recently, Asha has been diving deeper into the once unknown, exploring how blockchain-based solutions, including; digital currencies, tracking and traceability and event-triggered payments can help our customers thrive 





Asha Cugati
Vice President Specialist Sales