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Mentor Minutes: Hera Abbasi
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
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A conversation with:
Hera Abbasi - Vice President, Global Public Policy at Mastercard

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 | 3:30 PM ET

Virtual Event - Attendees will receive the Zoom link once they have completed the registration form.

Hera Abbasi is Vice President, Global Public Policy at Mastercard. She is the international trade and economic lead in the company’s Washington, DC office.Previously, she a Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive at IBM, where she advised internal business units on risk reduction and advocates externally on global trade & market access issues on a range of priorities, such as cross border data flows, digital trade, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital services taxes, supply chain, privacy, and 5G. Prior to IBM, she was the bicameral, bipartisan Hill strategist and lobbyist for the Coalition of Services Industries—a trade association that represents U.S.  companies from the technology, financial services, express delivery and logistics, direct selling,  electronic payments services, and e-commerce sectors. 

Previously, Ms. Abbasi was a White House Appointee in the State Department’s Bureau of  Legislative Affairs, where she served as Congress’s point of contact on all Europe issues,  including TTIP, Russia, Ukraine, Brexit, Turkey, NATO, the European Union, Ambassadorial  nominations, and Congressional Delegations. Ms. Abbasi also worked on Capitol Hill for nearly  a decade, including with House leadership.  

She has served as a board member of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and a co-chair for the Africa and Middle East section. She is also a member of the U.S.-Asia Institute's Congressional Circle, a co-chair of the Coalition of Services Industries’ Digital Trade Committee, and was the chair of Information Technology Industry Council’s India Committee. In 2017, she was selected as a Fellow for the Next Generation National Security Leaders  Program at the Center for a New American Security. 

Ms. Abbasi received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her master’s degree from  the Naval War College. Her languages include Spanish, Hindu/Urdu, Arabic, and Latin. She is  the recipient of the Secretary’s Meritorious Honor Award and the Secretary’s Superior Honor  Award; while on Capitol Hill, she was cited as a “Hill Staffer to Watch” in Foreign Policy’s blog, The Cable. She is a native of Boston, MA and lives in Northern Virginia with her son.

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