Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network
The Alumni Network is the culmination of our vision to mobilize the alumni from our programs — which include the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Ashoka, the Youth Think Tank (YTT), the Scholars Program, the Anzisha Prize, and Youth Forward — to be a force for change.
To learn more about the Alumni Network, click here to complete the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Interest form.
To learn more about the North America Alumni Network email: email@example.com.
Meet the Leadership Committee
Sandra Ohemeng is a dedicated member of the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network Committee. She holds a degree in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from Wellesley College. She currently works as a Developer Experience Product Manager at Avalara where she combines her technical expertise with her passion for fostering community connections.
With a deep commitment to community building, Sandra is thrilled to contribute to the Alumni Network’s mission of bringing Alums together. She understands the importance of nurturing relationships and creating a strong sense of belonging among fellow Alumni. Through her enthusiastic engagement, Sandra aims to foster an inclusive and supportive environment within the Alumni Network, where Mastercard Foundation Alums can connect, collaborate, and thrive tog
Maxwin Ojwang is a Mastercard Foundation alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences, Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a Project Engineer at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Maxwin has extensive professional engineering and project management experience focused on the municipal, private, and industrial infrastructure. He is passionate about the design and implementation of engineering solutions to safeguard public health and the environment.
As a member of the Mastercard Foundation Alumni Network committee, he hopes to enhance alumni relationships by advocating for programs that boost engagement among fellow Alumni. With a passion for strengthening connections, he actively seeks opportunities to foster meaningful interactions within the Alumni community
Nkiru Ani is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar Alum, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of British Columbia (UBC), as well as a Master of Science degree in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Nigeria, Nkiru proudly considers herself a global citizen. Throughout her undergraduate years and beyond, she was highly involved in student leadership, utilizing her voice and skills to advocate for Africa’s increased inclusion inUBC and the wider community. Nkiru enjoys engaging in collaborative opportunities that foster dialogueand inclusivity, often contributing to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion boards and other community-building initiatives.
Nkiru’s passions lie in communication, design, and planning. She is driven by curiosity, authenticity, and bravery, which fuel both her personal and professional endeavors. Recognizing the transformative power of storytelling, Nkiru firmly believes in its ability to forge connections between people and their diverse experience
Bior Leek Ajak
Bior Leek Ajak is a Mastercard Foundation Alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development Studies, with a Minor concentration in Arabic Language, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Bior currently works as a Commercial Banker in Montreal. During his free time, he is involved with local community organizations in Canada, supporting new immigrants, students, and refugees. He is also actively involved with refugee supporting organizations based in East Africa that aim to create educational and economic pathways for refugees to attain self-reliance and financial freedom.
Bior strongly believes in the power of community and co-creation and believes that the Mastercard Foundation North America Alumni can find ways to co-create solutions that can directly impact lives on the African continent. This is what he hopes to inspire during his time on the committee.
Neema Rimber is a Mastercard Foundation Alum with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and a minor in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. At UBC, she was recognized with the International Community Achievement Award for demonstrating leadership in community service, international engagement, intercultural understanding and promotion of diversity.
Today, she likes to think of herself as an amalgam! Her academic background and values for support and engagement feed a keen interest in social impact and financial inclusion ventures, especially with underserved and equity-seeking communities. Her experiences in the past include roles in operations and logistics, impact measurement and competition policy. She currently utilizes these intersectional experiences as a Program Manager at Spring Activator, a global advisory firm that runs entrepreneur, incubator, accelerator and funding programs for aspiring and early-stage impact entrepreneurs and impact investors. In her free time, you may find Neema spotting continuity errors and other “cinema sins” on your everyday tv shows and films.
Rufaro Nyoni is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar alum with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the United States International University-Africa. Currently pursuing an MBA at Arizona State University, Rufaro is also a Baobab Digital Innovation Scholar. With a strong business background, she has actively contributed to the development of nonprofit organizations. Rufaro has worked for Education Matters, founded Parantaa Africa Foundation, and served as a trustee for Amaani Foundation.
Passionate about community service and problem-solving, Rufaro focuses on areas such as Education, Technology, Finance, and Sustainability. Beyond her professional and academic pursuits, she finds joy in singing, meditating, and exploring different parts of the world.
Micheal Omeka is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar alum with a degree in International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He actively campaigned for access to opportunities for marginalized students as a member of the Black Students Union. At Berkeley’s International House, he focused on fostering thriving communities and recognizing the importance of social capital.
With professional experience in marketing, sales, and freelance photojournalism, Micheal brings a diverse skill set to his career. Currently, he works as a fitness trainer in the luxury fitness space and serves as an inspirational speaker and fitness specialist. As a mentor in Berkeley’s alumni mentorship program, he supports first-generation students in navigating college and planning for success.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Micheal enjoys football, biking, ping pong, meeting new people, and exploring the outdoors. He is dedicated to helping individuals optimize their mental and physical health for increased happiness and overall well-being.