About The MasterCard Foundation

Our Philosophy

The MasterCard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper.

All people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. We believe that with access to education, financial services, and skills training, people can have that chance.

Our focus is helping economically disadvantaged young people in Africa find opportunities to move themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty to a better life.

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Our Mission

To advance education and financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries

Why do we prioritize Africa?

Africa is home to approximately 600 million people under the age of 25, the world’s youngest population. Some parts of Africa have seen tremendous economic growth, but that growth has not always been equitable. In some areas more than 60 percent of youth live below the poverty line.

With the right opportunities we believe these young people can lift themselves, their families and communities out of poverty.

The Foundation is contributing to an inclusive, more equitable Africa by supporting the implementation of proven development models and scalable approaches. These initiatives tackle some of the big challenges the people of Africa face, such as a lack of access to financial services and quality education.


in 2016 we are celebrating our 10th year as a funder working in Africa.

Our President and CEO

Reeta Roy

Reeta is the President and CEO at The MasterCard Foundation.

Our Team

We are driven to exemplify
transformative leadership

Peggy Woo
Peggy is responsible for managing the financial activities and balancing risk across the Foundation to ensure operational efficiency.  Before joining the Foundation, she was the Chief Financial Officer of a private database marketing firm. She was r
Sharon Alton
Director, Human Resources
Sharon brings strategic oversight to the Human Resources team. She has led teams during times of change, including business transformation, restructuring, mergers and exponential growth. She has a wealth of knowledge leading and delivering a broad ra
James Cooke
Director, Finance and Accounting
James oversees the financial analysis of the Foundation’s programs, including proposals, budgets, on-going financial reporting by partners, contractual matters and relationships with partners’ financial teams. James began his career in public acc
Peter Materu
Director, Education and Learning
Peter brings a strategic perspective to the Education and Learning team at the Foundation. Peter has made major contributions to education in Africa. Before joining the Foundation, Peter was the Practice Manager for Education in West and Central Afr
Ann Miles
Director, Financial Inclusion
Ann is a seasoned leader with many years of experience in financial services. She began her career in banking and spent 18 years with Citibank in the trade, financial institutions and private banking groups. During her time within the Private Bank Gr
Lindsay Wallace
Director, Learning and Strategy
Lindsay leads the Learning and Strategy team at The MasterCard Foundation.  Prior to this role, Lindsay Wallace was Deputy Director, Financial Inclusion at the Foundation and managed the Financial Inclusion team and its partnerships.  Before joinin
Gui Wong
Director, Information Technology
Gui is a Certified Management and Health Information Systems Professional with more than 20 years of management experience, including more than 15 years leading technology projects in the non-profit, private and public sectors. As IT Director for the
Jim Leech, CM
Board Chair
Jim Leech, CM, is the Chancellor of Queen’s University, one of Canada’s leading universities, Senior Advisor with McKinsey and Company, and Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank. He recently retired as President and CEO of the Ontar
Craig Calhoun
Board Member
Craig Calhoun is President of the Berggruen Institute and Centennial Professor, London School of Economics. Prior to that, he was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In the U.S., Craig was President of the Social
Douglas Baillie
Board Member
Doug Baillie was Chief Human Resources Officer of Unilever. Doug started his career with Unilever in 1978 in South Africa. His career with Unilever has seen him taking various sales and marketing appointments and serving in a number of leadership ro
Jendayi Frazer
Board Member
Dr. Jendayi Frazer is Managing Partner, Africa Exchange Holdings Company and President, 50 Ventures, LLC. Dr. Frazer served as a Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a member of the faculty in the H.
President Festus G. Mogae
Board Member
President Festus G. Mogae led the Republic of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. Under his leadership, Botswana experienced the steady economic growth that has characterized its post-independence history. President Mogae has received a number of awards, inc
Don Morrison
Board Member
Don Morrison is the Chair of the Ontario Global 100; an organization established to accelerate the growth of 100 of Ontario’s most promising companies backed by a collaboration of major Canadian financial institutions and globally successful compan
Hutham Olayan
Board Member
Hutham Olayan is a Principal, Director and Senior Executive of The Olayan Group, a private, multinational enterprise that is both a global investor and diversified commercial business in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East.  As President and CEO
Laurie Armstrong
Senior Manager, Communications
Laurie works with secondary education and African university partners, and with learning partners in the Foundation’s Education and Learning program. She also leads communication strategy and branding for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
Koffi Assouan
Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Koffi manages a portfolio of Youth Learning projects focussing on enterprise development, youth employment, and social and financial education. He has more than 10 years of experience in international development concentrating in organizational admin
Jane Baldwin
Associate Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Jane Baldwin supports the Youth Livelihoods team in their program work. Before joining the Foundation, Jane was the Director of Program Development at Youth Challenge International, where she was responsible for the design and implementation of youth
Shona Bezanson
Program Manager, Education and Learning
Shona supports several initiatives within the Scholars Program team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Shona spent eight years working overseas where she led child protection and child rights governance programs for Save the Children in Sierra Leone,
Faith Biyapo
Associate Program Manager, Education and Learning
Faith is responsible for providing program management support across a portfolio of partners and initiatives at the Foundation. He also manages the Scholars Program Education Management Information System (EMIS). Prior to joining the Foundation, Fait
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé
Manager, Media Relations
Isabelle manages media relations for The MasterCard Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Isabelle was Senior Media Advisor at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she handled media and social media outreach. She has worke
Barry Burciul
Senior Manager, Learning and Strategy
Barry manages research and evaluation activities and partnerships for the Foundation’s Education and Learning projects. He has over 14 years of experience conducting and managing research, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge translation program
Ariane Campbell
Program Coordinator, Youth Livelihoods
Ariane provides support to the Youth Livelihoods team. Before joining the Foundation, Ariane was a Program Coordinator at Teach Away Inc., where she managed international recruitment for a large educational reform project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to
Crystal Chan
Senior Financial Analyst - Lead
Crystal is responsible for managing budgeting and compliance of our financial inclusion projects at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Crystal worked in a private accounting firm where she was responsible for planning and implementing aud
Theresa Colantonio
Senior Financial Analyst
At the Foundation, Theresa is responsible for supporting partners as they develop project budgets, managing the contract process with new partnerships, and monitoring the financial performance of active projects. Before joining the Foundation, Theres
Ashley Collier
Manager, Scholars Community
Ashley is the Scholars Community manager at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation she worked at Free the Children for more than five years where she was Director of Domestic Programming. Ashley was responsible for developing the year-long, s
Sambou Coly
Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Sambou Coly focuses on responsible finance and agriculture. Before joining the Foundation, Sambou was the Country Manager of Oikocredit-Senegal where he was responsible for the overall management of the microfinance/agriculture portfolio and for the
Steve Cumming
Senior Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Steve Cumming is responsible for a portfolio of Youth Livelihoods projects at the Foundation, with a particular focus on vocational skills and informal employment. His work focuses on the Foundation’s  Youth Think Tank. Before joining the Fou
Claire Debleu
Executive Assistant
Ruth Dueck-Mbeba
Senior Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Ruth comes to the Foundation with more than 30 years’ experience in public accounting, financial reporting and management, and as a practitioner, trainer and consultant in the field of microfinance. At the Foundation, she is responsible for initiat
Kevin Egan
Senior Financial Analyst - Lead
Kevin is responsible for overseeing the financial analysis of Foundation programs in the Education and Learning portfolio, including proposals, budgets, on-going financial reporting by our partners, contractual matters and relationships with our part
Jamie Farshchi
Manager, Editorial
Jamie creates and manages editorial and content strategy for the Foundation, weaving the organization’s narrative and values through a broad range of written products such as executive speaking materials, reports and publications, and opinion edito
Samantha Fazackerley
Event Coordinator, Communications
Samantha is responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of a variety of annual and signature events in support of the Foundation’s initiatives. Before becoming the Foundation’s Event Coordinator, Samantha was the Office Administrator
Caroline Forster
Senior Financial Analyst - Lead
Caroline’s work at the Foundation includes reviewing and analyzing program budgets and program financial reporting. She joined the Foundation after working as a Senior Auditor in Halifax, Dublin and Bermuda. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Eng
Mary Freitas
Senior Financial Analyst
Mary’s responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing program budgets, and monitoring program financial reporting.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Mary worked as a Manager at KPMG LLP in the assurance practice.  She has a Bachelor of Business
Sarah Gebretsadik
Coordinator, Program Excellence
Chris Glover
Senior Financial Analyst
Chris’s responsibilities at the Foundation include analysing program budgets, ensuring programmatic compliance and monitoring financial reporting. He previously worked at Delta Hotels and Resorts after starting his career with PricewaterhouseCoope
Justine Greenland Duke
Senior Manager, Knowledge Management
Justine is responsible for knowledge management (KM) at the Foundation, tracking and harmonizing data and information to catalyze learning and evidence-based decision-making. Before joining the Foundation, she was Senior Advisor of KM at the Ontario
Stefan Harpe
Deputy Director, Financial Inclusion
Stefan manages the Financial Inclusion team and their portfolio of partners to expand financial inclusion to low-income communities across Africa through targeted support, innovative and scalable programs, and knowledge dissemination.  Prior to join
Alexandra Heimiller
Communications Coordinator
Alexandra is responsible for coordinating communications activities at the Foundation. She comes to the Foundation from Bachly Construction where she worked as their marketing coordinator. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Communication
Meredith Hooper
Program Coordinator, Learning and Strategy
Meredith provides support to the Learning and Strategy team at the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Meredith was an Administrator for the Global Immigration Department at KPMG Law LLP. She was responsible for assisting the Partner & Glo
Grace Hui
Senior Financial Analyst
Grace is responsible for managing the finances of a portfolio of projects within the Education and Learning team. Before joining the Foundation, Grace was the Finance Manager at From the Earth, a social enterprise providing employment to local women
Fauzia Jamal
Associate Program Manager, Rwanda Initiative
Kim Kerr
Deputy Director, Education and Learning
Kim Kerr is responsible for the management and oversight of programs in Education and Learning at the Foundation, including key initiatives such as The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice i
Samir Khan
Senior Manager, Research and Policy Communications
Samir prepares the Foundation’s technical documents and policies into information products for external audiences. Previously, he spent almost 10 years working in public opinion research, with a particular expertise in public health marketing
Alemayehu Konde Koira
Senior Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Alemayehu manages a portfolio of the Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods program with a focus on problems of youth unemployment, entrepreneurship, skills development, social and financial education and agriculture. Alemayehu has more than 20 years’ ex
Carmen Kung
Carmen is responsible for reviewing and processing monthly expense reports. Before joining the Foundation, Carmen worked with HUB International Ltd, where she was a Staff Accountant/Financial Analyst. Carmen was responsible for maintaining and monito
Prabhat Labh
Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Prabhat leads Financial Inclusion projects focused on scaling access to savings at the Foundation. He brings twenty years of experience working in financial inclusion and enterprise development in more than 20 countries. Before joining the Foundation
Kitty Lee
Senior Accounting Manager
Kitty oversees the accounting department of the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kitty worked as financial reporting consultant, senior accountant and financial analyst in various industries including automobile, telecommunications, marke
Meredith Lee
Deputy Director, Youth Livelihoods
Meredith manages Youth Livelihoods projects that focus on the intersection between work and education, as well as those that address technology as a vehicle for training and employment. Meredith has over 15 years of experience working with youth both
Ava Leung
Senior Financial Analyst
Ava’s responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing program budgets and program financial reporting. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ava worked as a Senior Staff Accountant at KPMG LLP. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the Univ
Christina Levine
Executive Assistant, President’s Office
As Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Christina manages the executive office and is responsible for maintaining Board relations. She has more than 20 years of administrative experience in retail. Prior to joining the Foundation, Christina
Anne Maftei
Associate Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Anne supports the Financial Inclusion team in their program work, with a specific focus on rural and agricultural finance. Before joining the Foundation, Anne was a Program Officer at PlaNet Finance Southern Africa, where she designed and implemente
Leena Malik
Senior Manager, Learning and Organizational Development
Leena focuses on enabling talent management and employee development across the Foundation. She has over 20 years of human resources, learning and organizational development experience and has previously worked in the financial services sector at Ban
Allysone McGreal
Employee Engagement Associate, Human Resources
Allysone is responsible for employee engagement and facilities/office management at the Foundation.  She also works closely with the Senior Manager, HR in the recruitment of staff. Allysone joined the Foundation in June 2007 and was instrumental in
James McIntyre
Program Manager, Education and Learning
James supports key initiatives as part of the Foundation’s Education and Learning team, including The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). An experienced Project Management Professional (PMP),
Karen Meyer
Associate Program Manager, Education and Learning
Karen provides support to initiatives and programs across the Education and Learning team. Prior to joining The MasterCard Foundation she was a Consultant for the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs supporting the South
Anna Miller
Program Manager, Education and Learning
Anna is responsible for a portfolio of partnerships within the Scholars Program, and leads the Education and Learning team’s work in the area of transitions from school to work and entrepreneurship. Before joining the Foundation, Anna was a Practi
Karen Moore
Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Karen manages a portfolio of Youth Livelihoods projects at the Foundation, focussing on fostering access to skills development, jobs and business opportunities, and financial inclusion. She has over 15 years’ experience as an advisor and researcher
Olga Morawczynski
Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Olga manages a portfolio of projects focusing on financial inclusion at The MasterCard Foundation. She has spent close to a decade actively working in the financial inclusion sector. She has engaged closely with low income clients to better understan
Roger Morier
Senior Manager, Communications
Roger develops and oversees implementation of the Foundation’s strategic communications work around financial inclusion. Before joining the Foundation, he was a Communications Advisor at the World Bank, leading the design, production and measuremen
Karen Murphy
Senior Manager, Human Resources
Karen Murphy is responsible for employee relations, recruiting, coaching, compensation, benefits administration and HR systems with the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Karen was Manager and Business Partner of Human Resources with Arbor Me
Ivy Mwai
Program Manager, Education and Learning
Ivy manages relationships across a portfolio of partners for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the General Manager, Education Pillar at Equity Group Foundation where she oversaw the management of ove
Lamia Naji
Associate Manager, Learning and Strategy
Lamia supports strategic planning at the Foundation. She also supports the management of select evaluation and learning partnerships within the Youth Livelihoods and Financial Inclusion portfolios. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lamia provided poli
Amos Odero
Associate Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Amos supports the Financial Inclusion team. Before joining the Foundation, Amos was Program Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at World Renew Canada where he lead a mid-term evaluation of a five-country Government of Canada funded sustainab
Tom Peckham
Senior Financial Analyst
Tom is responsible for financial aspects during the development and implementation of Foundation Financial Inclusion partnerships. Before joining the Foundation, Tom was a Business Analyst at CARE Canada, where he was responsible for financial aspect
Dina Randrianasolo
Associate Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods
Dina supports several projects and initiatives within the Youth Livelihoods portfolio at the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dina was a Senior Program Manager for La Passerelle-IDE where she managed different leadership, entrepreneurship
Nabeela Ratansi
Program Excellence Lead
Chantelle Reynolds
Associate Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Chantelle Reynolds is an Associate Program Manager in the Financial Inclusion team specializing in rural and agricultural finance. Before joining the Foundation, Chantelle worked for National Bank of Canada in Credit Risk Management and Corporate Tre
Anna Rose Miller
Associate Program Manager, Learning and Strategy
Anna Rose supports the Learning and Strategy team, with a focus on the Foundation’s Education and Learning  and Youth Livelihoods projects. Prior to the Foundation, Anna Rose worked on numerous research and evaluation projects for health and socia
Sumaiya Sajjad
Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Sumaiya is responsible for partnerships that are aimed at talent building in the financial inclusion sector, building the institutional and human capacity of financial service providers, as well as expanding access to finance through alternative deli
Chirag Shamdasani
Senior Financial Analyst
Kaylee Stewart
Associate Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Kaylee works on program development and management for the Foundation’s Financial Inclusion portfolio. Kaylee came to the Foundation from Save the Children UK in England where she managed grant-funded projects on food security and nutrition. Previo
Youssouf Sy
Associate Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Youssouf supports the Financial Inclusion team on programs that expand the use of digital technology to increase access to financial services. He has a background in microfinance and banking, particularly advisory services and investment. He has wor
Mary Tangelder
Deputy Director, Learning and Strategy
Toni Tiemens
Deputy Director, Communications
Toni is an award-winning practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in communications. Prior to joining The MasterCard Foundation in 2011, Toni managed an extensive portfolio of pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, association, corporate, and cons
Kristy Tomkinson
Associate, Communications
Kristy manages communications for the Youth Livelihoods program at the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked with Youth Challenge International as a program development officer, providing proposal development and research support. A
Ken Tong
Brand and Digital Strategist, Communications
Ken manages the planning, development and delivery of the Foundation’s digital strategies, social media, and branding initiatives. Ken has worked in digital communications strategy across the international development, humanitarian aid and intergov
Charlene Wallace
Senior Accountant
Charlene’s responsibilities at the Foundation include monitoring and analyzing of expenses, assisting the Finance Manager in budgeting and forecasting, and tax filings. Previously, Charlene worked as the Accounting Supervisor at Advocis, a voluntar
Victoria Wells
Administrative Assistant, Financial Inclusion
Mark Wensley
Senior Program Manager, Financial Inclusion
Mark leads the development of Financial Inclusion initiatives that expand access and deepen usage of digital financial services. He has worked in financial inclusion for 13 years, focusing on scaling technology-enabled and market-based solutions to m
Tricia Williams
Senior Manager, Learning and Strategy
Tricia is responsible for managing research, evaluation, and learning for the Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods program and for the savings portfolio of the Financial Inclusion program. Before joining the Foundation, Tricia worked with Global Affairs
Samuel Yalew Adela
Program Manager, Education and Learning
‘Samuel focuses on Education and Learning projects at the Foundation. Samuel worked as a Chief of Party and Deputy Director with John Snow Inc., Technical Advisor for Academy for Educational Development and Program Manager at the BBC World Service
Raymond Yu
As part of the Accounting team, Raymond ensures proper management of grant disbursement. Raymond manages payable functions and ensures daily activities comply with Internal Control. Before joining the Foundation, he was an accountant for more than 18
Hajra Zahid
Program Manager, Education and Learning
Hajra manages a portfolio of tertiary partners of the Scholars Program as well as secondary education partners at the Foundation. She represents the Foundation in The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE),
Tanya Zakaib
Associate, Human Resources

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At The MasterCard Foundation we are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

We collaborate widely and challenge ourselves and others to innovate, exploring and testing new ideas. Most importantly, we are driven to achieve long-lasting impact. Our team is diverse, with expertise from the fields of economics, microfinance, education, communications and youth employment. We believe learning is life-long and support employees on their professional journey.


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