Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years experience in industry, government and academia. Steve is currently responsible for leading Mastercard Labs' initiatives in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Previously, Steve led the Start Path Partners program, within Mastercard Start Path - Mastercard's startup engagement activity. Prior to joining Mastercard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland, where he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m and ten years in various senior software development roles in a wide variety of industry verticals. Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.