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Mastercard Foundation appoints two new directors

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The Mastercard Foundation has announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.

The new directors, Louise Arbour and Dominic Barton, “with their depth of knowledge and insight will be invaluable in our effort to achieve our goal of enabling 30 million young people in Africa to secure dignified and fulfilling employment, said Chair, Mastercard Foundation Board of Directors, Jim Leech, who welcomed them onboard.

Arbour, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, served as the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration until December 2018.

In this role, she led advocacy efforts on international migration, provided policy advice, and coordinated the engagement of UN entities on migrations issues.

Arbour is currently a jurist-in-residence at Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP, where she advises on issues pertaining to international disputes and mentors young lawyers. She has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007.

In her remark, she said “Mastercard Foundation is committed to creating positive global change, to equity, and inclusivity, and they understand that this requires a long-term view as well as working collaboratively with a wide array of stakeholders. These are values I share, and I look forward to being a part of what they do.”

Dominic Barton is a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company, where he was previously Global Managing Partner from 2009 to 2018.

In his 32 years with the firm, he has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, technology, and manufacturing. He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. Barton also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Teck Resources and is the Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

He said: “Youth unemployment in Africa is one of the most complex challenges facing the world today and I am energised to join an organisation that is trying to address it. The Foundation has set an ambitious goal and I am optimistic about the enormous potential for positive change in Africa.”


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