Walt Macnee

At Mastercard, Walt has spearheaded a number of initiatives to create meaningful public-private partnerships around the world. Much of the work has centered on financial inclusion: bringing basic financial products to the 2 billion people without access today. Walt founded the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and acts as its Chairman. The Center combines research and direct philanthropy and looks for the best ways to drive inclusive growth economies.

From 2008 to 2011, Walt was the President of International Markets at Mastercard, and was responsible for the company’s business in over 200 countries. Prior positions at Mastercard included President of the Americas and of Canada. Walt was Executive Vice President of Cards and Collections at CIBC from 2004 to 2006. Walt had a long career at Toronto Dominion Bank beginning in 1983. In 1986 Walt moved to the US with TD and worked in corporate finance and investment banking in New York and Houston. In 1995 he moved back to Canada to run Cash Management and later the credit card business and Personal Lending.

Walt has a B.A. and B. Ed. From Queen’s University and an MBA from York University. Walt is currently Chairman of Convergence Finance, the leading global blended finance platform, connecting public, private and philanthropic investors with financial instruments in emerging markets. He is also Chairman of the Queen’s University Centre for Social Impact, fostering education in the fields of responsible leadership and social impact.

Walt is Chairman of Antibe Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Walt acts as an advisor to a number of startups, including adsum, a men’s fashion brand located in Brooklyn NY. Walt has served as a director on various philanthropic boards over the years including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Save the Children Canada, Royal Conservatory of Music and the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation.

Walt was honored to serve on the UN’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. Based on what he learned, he is now dedicating much of his time to the topic of how the private sector can best participate in addressing key issues facing the world today and building various social enterprise models for Mastercard.