Founder & CEO
Kareem Saleh is the founder and CEO of FairPlay, the world's first Fairness-as-a-Service company. FairPlay automates fair lending compliance for financial institutions and increases the fairness of their marketing, underwriting and collections models. Previously Kareem served as Executive Vice President at Zest.ai, where he led go-to-market strategy for the company’s AI-powered underwriting platform and negotiated software licensing, partnership, financing and other commercial deals. Prior to Zest.ai, Kareem served as an executive at SoftCard, a mobile payments startup that was acquired by Google. Kareem also 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 AI to financial services. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago.