ALISON ESKESEN

Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Alison leads the Mastercard’s regional philanthropic initiatives. She brings significant sector and global international development experience, having worked at the intersection of development and finance for over 20 years. Prior to Mastercard, Alison was Director at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder agriculture partnership catalyzed by the World Economic Forum and the ASEAN Secretariat. Alison has also worked in impact investing and spent the majority of her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she mobilized $2.8 billion in domestic private capital for local development projects. Alison is an Advisory Board member for the Aspen Development Network Enterprises (ANDE) Southeast Asia chapter. She also is a member of World Vision’s Small, Growing Business Advisory Council and Business for Social Responsibility’s Catalyst, an apparel and manufacturing industry steering committee for HERfinance. Alison holds a MA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.

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