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MasterCard Foundation appoints Adrian Bukenya as Uganda’s new country head

The MasterCard Foundation, Uganda has appointed Adrian Bukenya Mulindwa as its new country head.

Bukenya is taking over from Samuel Yalew Adala who recently relocated to Ethiopia where he is serving as the country head of MasterCard Foundation.

 Daniel Hailu, the Regional Director, Southern, Eastern Africa Foundation, welcomed Bukenya to MasterCard and said they look forward to seeing him achieve the Foundation’s goals.

“Uganda holds a special place for us as the first country in which the MasterCard Foundation launched it’s work in Africa. As we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, the foundation has doubled down on our commitment to enabling three million young Ugandans, particularly young women to access dignified and fulfilling work. Adrian will continue to work within close collaboration with our partners to achieve this ambitious goal,” Hailu said.

Mastercard Foundation works with a range of partners to realize its goal under Young Africa works, including the private sector Foundation, Uganda, The Innovation Village, Gudie Leisure Farm, GOAL, Uganda, the National Social Security Fund, Uganda Rural Development Training Institute, and Equity Bank Uganda.

Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa works strategy which was launched in Uganda in July 2020 which aims to enable more than three million young people in the country to access dignified and fulfilling work opportunities by 2030.

Prior to Bukenya’s appointment, he was the country manager of  Baker Hughes & GE Business.

He also held leadership posts at Tullow Uganda, Shell Oil Products, Afrii, Macquarie Bank, and Black & Decker Corporation in Maryland, USA.

Bukenya holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA USA, and International Baccalaureate Diploma from St. Mary’s  School, Nairobi, Kenya and an MBA in Finance and Economics from Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

Over the last 11 years, MasterCard Foundation’s key area of focus has been expanding access to Finance, Education, and skills training to smallholder farmers, teachers, out-of-school youth and youth in agriculture across the country.

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