Baobab Summit 2023

Here. Now. Using Our Voices, Shaping the World.

The Baobab Summit is a gathering of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, where our Scholars, Alumni and partners come together to connect, co-create, share, learn and reflect.

The 2023 Virtual Baobab Summit has been thoughtfully designed based on the desires and aspirations of our Scholars and Alumni. This year’s theme, “Here. Now. Using Our Voices, Shaping the World,” was co-created by the Scholars themselves. It celebrates the power of individual and collective action in making a positive impact. This Summit aims to provide a platform that resonates with their unique journeys, offering them the chance to engage with topics and sessions of profound importance to them.


This year’s virtual summit is by invite only but we encourage you to join the ongoing conversation on social media with #Boabab2023. In addition, we will be posting highlights of the conversations here. Watch this space!

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Explore Past Boabab Summits!

Celebrating 10 Years of the Scholars Program

In 2022, the Scholars Program turned 10. Together we reflected on what we have learned and looked to the next 10 years developing Africa’s youth leaders.

Learn more about Scholars@10

Watch: Reflections on a Decade of Impact

To kickoff Scholars@10: A Decade of Transformative Impact and Learnings our first virtual event, invited Scholars, alumni, and partners to share their reflections, achievements, and lessons.

Watch the full conversation here

Watch: Catalyzing Impact in Our Communities

This virtual event celebrated one of the key pillars of the Scholars Program; the Collective Impact of Our Community. We will look back on the impact the program has catalyzed within communities and discuss our renewed focus for the next 10 years.

Watch the full conversation here

Using One’s Voice to Question, Empower And Inspire

Elma Akob, Mastercard Foundation Scholar alum and Baobab Summit co-emcee writes about the power of using one’s voice to question, empower and inspire.

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How Changing My Attitude and Thought Patterns Created Purpose and a New Beautiful World

Mastercard Foundation Scholar Joy Birungi writes about how changing her attitude and thought patterns helped create a new, beautiful, and purposeful world.

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Reimagining My Realities

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities that have pushed me to reimagine my roles as a student, mother, professional, and cofounder.

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Meet the 2020 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners

The Social Venture Challenge provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change in their communities.

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On Resilience

Benjamin Obeng, Mastercard Foundation Scholar Alumnus at Arizona State University delivered a keynote speech on resilience.

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Scholars Helping Syrian Refugee Students in Lebanon Gain Education through a Mobile App

Mahmoud Kanso, Nour Al-Bidewe, Zainab Al Mohammad, and Eslam Abo Alhawa are Syrian students living in Lebanon who have started a social venture called EduPass, a free-of-charge service to help other Syrian children in Lebanon who have dropped out of school due to an inability to pay school fees.

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