Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently joined the Board of Directors for the Mastercard Foundation. The Foundation works with young people in Africa and Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world and has had a significant impact through its work to promote financial inclusion and create a more equitable world.
In announcing the appointment, Board Chair Zein M. Abdalla said:
“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a global leader for women’s empowerment. The depth of her knowledge on the continent and experience on the world stage will be invaluable as we work to enable 30 million young women and men in Africa to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.”
Madam Sirleaf highlighted the alignment between the Mastercard Foundation’s mission and her work through the EJS Center and other activities to advance equity and inclusion across Africa:
“The Mastercard Foundation is committed to equity and inclusivity, and their approach to working with others involves deep listening, collaboration, and respect. These are values that I commend and share. I look forward to working with the Foundation’s Board and senior management team to ensure we continue to drive sustainable and meaningful change on the continent.”
Read the full announcement here.