Reeta Roy

President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, President and CEO of Cristo Rey Network

United States of America

Reeta Roy is President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, with assets of over $3 billion. In working towards its vision of opportunity for all to learn and prosper, the Foundation advances innovative microfinance and youth learning strategies to promote prosperity in developing countries.

Under her leadership, the Foundation has created more than 35 partnerships to expand access to education and learning for young people and financial access to those living in poverty in developing countries, the majority of which are in Africa. To date, the Foundation has committed more than $340 million to these programs.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Reeta was the Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott, a global healthcare company, and Vice President of the Abbott Fund, a corporate foundation. She created the citizenship and policy department and led Abbott’s public-private initiatives related to HIV/AIDS in Africa, global product donations program, and community initiatives. 

Previously, Reeta held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 1991 to 2002, working on global health issues and private-public partnerships, including a three-year assignment in Shanghai, China, where she led public affairs and strategic planning for the business. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the United Nations. 

Reeta is on the board of the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.  

Reeta received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.