Mamadou has over 25 years of experience in strategic leadership, advocacy and campaigning, community development, and capacity building with extensive field experience in Africa and around the world. He joined Visa in 2019 as Regional Head of Social Impact for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Prior to VISA, Mamadou served at The Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director for the Africa Region, leading programs such as the Digital Jobs Africa initiative, Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, as well as developing partnerships with key institutions, including the African Development Bank, the Gates Foundation, and USAID to support the Foundation’s work.
Prior to the Foundation, he held various leadership roles in Oxfam including Regional Director for West Africa Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam America, leading the development of regional strategies and programs. Mamadou also currently serves as an advisor and board member for various international organizations such as the World Bank’s S4YE, the African Women Impact Fund, the Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investment and myAgro.
Mamadou holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University. He is an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), and he was also recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Most Influential Africans by The Africa Report for his work. Originally, from Senegal, Mamadou speaks English, French, Russian, Portuguese, and Wolof.