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Will Judge

Head of Transit Centre of Excellence, MasterCard Enterprise Partnerships

Will Judge is Head of MasterCard’s Transit Centre of Excellence, responsible for developing and maintaining MasterCard’s approach to the urban mobility and transit markets globally and working towards an end goal of providing consistent, efficient and globally-interoperable transit fare payments in every market.  Will is responsible for establishing global partnerships across the urban mobility and transit markets, working with technology partners to jointly create cutting-edge smart city solutions, and for contributing to the company’s thought leadership in this space, both internally and more publicly in arenas such as the Smart Cities Council.

Will’s expertise in the urban mobility and smart cities space is founded upon ten years of experience at Transport for London (TfL), the strategic transportation authority for London, both as an external consultant and as a senior manager.  He first started working on the challenges facing London’s transport system as a strategy consultant in the London office of McKinsey & Company in 2002, and the following year moved to join Transport for London on a full-time basis.  During his tenure at TfL he acquired deep expertise in PPP financing and contracting, outsourced service delivery, city governance & politics, urban transport management, customer experience design, digital enablement of city services and strategic leadership of public authorities. 

Will’s early career was much more international. Following graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the British Army and spent most of his five-year service living and working overseas, spending two years based in Hong Kong and a further two years based in Germany.   Operational and training tasks included deployments to Nepal, Canada and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.  A short period in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office working on EU defence and security institutional development gave him deep expertise and exposure to the European Union institutions in Brussels, and he also enjoyed a short spell in the global power systems business within General Electric, working primarily in New York, both of these prior to him joining McKinsey in 2000.