Adrian Bukenya has been appointed to head the Mastercard Foundation Uganda. Mastercard Foundation made the announcement in a statement released recently. Bukenya is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of global professional experience in the energy, infrastructure, and financial services sectors.
16 years of his experience were spent in operations across Africa in senior leadership roles. He will be assuming Samuel Yalew Adela’s position who recently relocated to Ethiopia, where he is serving as the Mastercard Foundation’s country head.
As Uganda’s country head, the foundation said Bukenya will continue to drive the vision and roll out of the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy in Uganda.
“The strategy, which was launched in Uganda in July 2020, aims to enable more than three million young people in the country to access dignified and fulfilling work opportunities by 2030. At the launch, the Foundation announced its commitment of $200 million to ensure young women, men, and refugees in Uganda have access to economic opportunities,” reads the statement in part. Young Africa Works in Uganda focuses on three economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and construction and housing.
The Mastercard Foundation continues to work with a range of partners to realize its goals 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.
The foundation said one of Bukenya’s immediate priorities is the implementation of the Foundation’s country strategy and roadmap that will address the root causes of unemployment and underemployment of young people.
Commenting on Bukenya’s appointment, Daniel Hailu, Regional Director, Southern, and Eastern Africa at the Mastercard Foundation said they are excited to welcome Adrian to the Foundation as the country head, Uganda.
“Uganda holds a special place for us as the first country in which the Mastercard Foundation launched its 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 in close collaboration with our partners to achieve this ambitious goal,” Hailu said.
Bukenya joins the Mastercard Foundation from Baker Hughes Uganda where, as country manager, he provided legal and regulatory advisory services to the Baker Hughes & GE Businesses.
In the past, Bukenya held leadership positions at Tullow Uganda Operations, Shell Oil Products Africa, Macquarie Bank, and Black & Decker Corporation, Maryland, USA. He holds an MBA in Finance & Economics from the University of Oxford, Said Business School, Oxford, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA USA, and International Baccalaureate Diploma from St. Mary’s School, Nairobi, Kenya.