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 Kenya’s Wanjira Mathai among 25 Women Honoured in Mastercard’s Legacy Book

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Mastercard has unveiled a coffee-table book-Lasting Legacy – Honoring 25 Visionaries to Celebrate 25 Years of Priceless’.

The legacy piece highlights the journeys and impact of women across the globe including Kenya’s Environmentalist & Activist Wanjira Mathai, daughter of the late Wangari Maathai ,the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Launched during Women’s Month 2023, the book marks the 25th anniversary of Mastercard’s renowned Priceless platform, which has been connecting people  to their passions for a quarter of a century. 

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“This book has been a true labor of love for us, and a testament to the women who are driving progress and uplifting communities around the world. It is our hope that the stories in ‘Lasting Legacy’ will encourage readers, regardless of their gender, to pursue their passions and make a positive impact on society, to inspire generations to come,” said Beatrice Cornacchia, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mastercard.

Mastercard is committed to creating a more equitable world for all and this project marks the company’s latest milestone in unlocking opportunities and celebrating the role of women in society. By exploring the role of these trailblazers, the book aims to inspire readers to take action in their own lives and communities to close the gender gap and create a more inclusive future.

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The full list of women featured are:

Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director General of Emirates Nature-WWF

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Zainab Al-Eqabi, Para-Athlete

Nezha Alaoui, Founder, Author, Impact Influencer & CEO of Women Choice

Sarah Beydoun, Founder & Creative Director of Sarah’s Bag

Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Global Digital Magnate, Vice Chairwoman of Emaar Development Board & Former Founding Director General of Smart Dubai

Jennifer Blandos, Founder & CEO of Female Fusion

Ola Doudin, Co-founder & CEO of BitOasis

Nona Gaprindashvili, Chess Legend

Valeriya Ionan, Deputy Minister for Eurointegration at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Jessica Kahawaty, Model, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Roya Khajeh, Assistant General Manager and Head of Cards and Payments at Commercial Bank, Qatar

Linda Kirkpatrick, President of Mastercard North America

Wendy Kopp, Co-founder & CEO for Teach For All

Pontsho Maruping, Managing Director of South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)

Wanjira Mathai, Environmentalist & Activist

Sconaid McGeachin, Director of Communications and Marketing at COP28 UAE & Former Senior Vice President Communications at Expo 2020 Dubai

Raha Moharrak, Adventurer

Dr. Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women, Egypt 

Sudha Murty, Author & Philanthropist

Ambareen Musa, Founder & CEO of Yabi by Souqalmal

Piwokuhle Nyanda, Athlete & Rugby Player

Devi Seetharam, Artist

Umut Shayakhmetova, CEO of Halyk Bank

Natasha Sideris, Founder & CEO of Tashas Group

Naoko Yamazaki, Astronaut & Engineer

Pontsho Maruping, Managing Director of South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), said “I was in Carnarvon recently addressing the community on the SKA telescope and in the audience we had learners that we sponsor at the high school. Seeing some of those faces light up when I was introduced as the Managing Director made my day. I hope these stories inspire young people to venture into unfamiliar territories.”

“’If you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you do good.’ As a female athlete success is the result of confidence and confidence comes from being yourself and expressing your beauty. In a male dominated sport, owning your space and being who you are and not who you are expected to be is winning, it’s true inner power,” said Piwokuhle Nyanda, Athlete & Rugby Player

Lasting Legacy -Honoring 25 Visionaries to Celebrate 25 Years of Priceless’ represents the evolution of Mastercard’s Priceless platform, which has progressed to reflect the company’s ongoing transformation and the changing world of consumers. As Priceless marks 25 years, Mastercard continues to tap into people’s passions as it enables opportunities for people the world over to pursue their passion and purpose.

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Milcah Lukhanyu
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