Nathalie Akon Gabala
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Nathalie Akon Gabala

Nathalie Akon Gabala
Regional Head, Mastercard Foundation
Ivory Coast

Nathalie Akon Gabala is MasterCard Foundation’s Regional Head for West, Central and North Africa.


Prior to joining the Mastercard Foundation as Regional Head for West, Central and Northern Africa, Nathalie was Partner with a pioneer financial inclusion-focused Chicago based Fund Management company which invests in microfinance, small business banks and Fintech companies in Asia and Africa. Nathalie has over 24 years of industry experience and deep expertise in small and medium enterprise banking, micro-finance, and fin-tech institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa. She serves as an independent non-executive Director for several financial institutions in Africa.


Nathalie started her career in commercial banking and has held various roles with Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank Groups in West, Central and Southern Africa. She is passionate about unlocking the creativity, dynamism and resilience of Africa’s youth.


She was listed in the second publication of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by Avance Media.