Ann Cairns

Ann has looked in detail at the Mastercard hiring process at a managerial level to make sure that they have qualified women among the candidates. This year, the women intake in this category as well as the number of high potential females in her division has increased by 22% and 20%, respectively. She is the executive co-sponsor of “GiveMe5”, an initiative launched to advance the gender balance agenda within Mastercard as well as in the societies and markets they operate in. Through this initiative, she supports projects that engage, enable and empower women. GiveMe5 builds on the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5; achieve Gender Equality. She is also a sponsor of the work Mastercard are conducting with World Food Program, and is connected with UN Women to advocate for and develop digital identities for women around the world. Additionally, Ann is a sponsor of the production of the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs launched in 2017.  Moreover, she has just launched the Let Her Shine platform, where female leaders will be gathered from various industries to reflect on what legacy the women leaders of today can create to excite and inspire the next generation.