Reeta Roy

President and CEO

A thoughtful leader and an advocate for the world’s most vulnerable, Reeta has worked tirelessly to build a foundation that is collaborative and known for its lasting impact.

During Reeta’s tenure, the Mastercard Foundation has committed almost US$2 billion to education, skills training, and financial inclusion programs. Those programs have reached more than 23 million people living in poverty, so they can improve their lives and the circumstances of their families and communities.

A strong believer in listening, Reeta can often be found in the field, working directly with the people the Foundation’s programs serve.

Reeta’s dedication to the work of the Foundation has its roots in her childhood. Growing up in Malaysia, the second child of a single mother, Reeta won a scholarship to complete her education in the United States, an experience that she said helped her develop the compassion with which she approaches the Foundation’s work.

Reeta is regularly called upon by the United Nations, the World Bank and World Economic Forum to represent the philanthropic sector and contribute to global development strategies.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Reeta was the Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy at the global healthcare company Abbott, and was Vice President of the Abbott Fund, its corporate foundation. She led Abbott’s public-private initiatives related to HIV/AIDS in Africa, its global product donations program, and a variety of community activities. From 1991 to 2002, Reeta held a number of leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, working on global health issues and private-public partnerships. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the United Nations.

Reeta received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Reeta accepted the 2011 Women’s Opportunity Network International Women’s Leadership Award, the 2014 World Affairs Council Global Education Award, and the 2016 Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, Friend of Education Award on behalf of MasterCard Foundation. In 2015, she also received YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award.

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The Problem with Philanthropy

The UN summit on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Interview with International Youth Foundation

Skills Training and Education for Youth in Africa