Renita Namasubi

Lead, Digital Economy at Mastercard Foundation

The world is digitally driven. Access to the digital economy is critical to opening the door to remote and underserved populations. 

For +10 years I have contributed leadership and strategic direction in DFS across Uganda and Rwanda leading to expanded delivery of basic financial services to +250 000 people through:

  • Designing programmes based on Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach,
  • Driving a better understanding of digital credit,
  • Driving policy and industry initiatives for Inclusive interoperable financial services,
  • Supporting the development of renewable energy solutions.

Currently providing strategic and implementation direction at Mastercard Foundation Uganda as Lead Digital Economy


 Thought leadership: 

Selected to serve as a champion on the East Africa Enablers Programme, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to create inclusive financial services that are sustainable and interoperable within the region. 

Achieving results: 

Facilitated development of a blueprint for the design of the Rwandan national scheme and switch for affordable interoperable DFS. Gained commitment from 14 financial services providers to test shared agency banking platform concept.


Member of the UNCDF Investment Committee for the Renewable Energy Challenge fund. Contributed to the investment of $2 million in innovative energy solutions. 

Financial management: 

Manage +$10 million portfolios, delivering on impact and P&L targets.


Contributed to proposals resulting in grants of between $400 000 and $7.5million.

Stakeholder and government relations: 

Regularly engage with policymakers, private sector executives and Rwandan and Ugandan government stakeholders.

Project management and implementation: 

Managed and implemented telecommunications projects, programmes (Uganda, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya) and DFS portfolios (Rwanda, Uganda).


Strategy development, Digital financial services, Budgeting, Financial management, Team leadership, Capacity building, Coaching, Government & stakeholder relations, Monitoring & review, Project management & implementation, Board advisory, Investment Committee, Budgeting, Forecasting, Recruitment, Capacity building.