Ann Cairns

Ann has led many initiatives that improve the lives of women and girls at Mastercard. These include the creation of GiveMe5, Mastercard’s umbrella programme for all gender diversity initiatives, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 5, the empowerment and enablement of women and girls. She has driven initiatives to ensure a balanced pipeline of future women leaders is in place, focusing on entry-level recruitment, and ensuring balanced candidate slates at entry level in every country. She is the main sponsor of Mastercard’s returnship programme, which helps employees return to mid-senior level management positions after an extended career break. Externally, Ann has led partnerships around the world with UN Women to advocate for and develop digital identities for women. She has led the creation of partnerships between Mastercard and organisations including the Vietnamese Women Union and the China Women’s Development Foundation. She also created the global networking initiative Leave a Legacy, a coming together of senior women executives from around the world to create a community designed to promote and create legacy initiatives for the next generation of women leaders. Additionally, she regularly speaks at global organisations dedicated to closing the gender gap and promoting empowerment of women.

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