Douglas Sabo is Vice President, Head of Corporate Philanthropy and Responsibility at Visa Inc., a global digital payments network that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. In this role, he oversees Visa’s global philanthropic strategy, partnerships and programs, with a focus on financial inclusion, financial literacy, humanitarian support, community involvement and employee engagement. He also collaborates with internal stakeholders across Visa on the company’s corporate responsibility strategy and initiatives. In his role, Sabo has overseen approximately $100 million in philanthropic contributions and programs on behalf of Visa.
During his tenure at Visa, Sabo has had a particular focus on aligning Visa’s core business – the electronic movement of money – with opportunities to help create pathways to financial inclusion for the world’s 2.5 billion unbanked adults. At Visa, he has developed and managed strategic relationships and formal partnerships with non-governmental organizations, global development agencies and other relevant third-party stakeholders. He has led or supported the launch of financial inclusion partnerships in Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, India, the U.S. and elsewhere, working with organizations such as GSMA Mobile for Development, CARE, Women’s World Banking, Kiva, NetHope, the Cash Learning Partnership, USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Sabo currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Contributions Council of the Conference Board. He also has served as a founding member of the de facto board of the Better Than Cash Alliance, a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Financial Inclusion’s “Financial Inclusion 2020” initiative and as a former chair of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Sabo graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University with a degree in Government and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Sabo also holds an Executive Certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. In his spare time, he enjoys chasing his two young daughters (ages 3 and 1) around the house.