Founder and CEO
Kareem Saleh is the founder and CEO of FairPlay, the world's first Fairness-as-a-Service company. Financial institutions use FairPlay’s application programming interfaces (APIs) to embed fairness considerations into their marketing, underwriting, pricing, and collections algorithms as well as to automate their fair lending compliance. Previously, Kareem served as Executive Vice President at Zest.ai, where he led business development for the company’s machine learning-powered credit underwriting platform. Prior to Zest.ai, Kareem served as an executive at SoftCard, a mobile payments startup that was acquired by Google.
Kareem served in the Obama Administration, first as Chief of Staff to the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, where he helped manage the 50-person team that negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement, then as Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he helped direct the U.S. Government’s $30B portfolio of emerging market investments with responsibility for transaction teams in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Kareem is a Forbes contributor and a frequent speaker on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to financial services. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago.