Mastercard Alumnae

Meet our Mastercard Alumnae!

Class of 2019

Belyse Inamahoro ’19 (Burundi), BA in Media Arts and Sciences

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Davis Projects for Peace winner

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Ngina Kariuki ’19 (Kenya), BA in Computer Science

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Halle Rubera ’19 (Kenya and Rwanda), BA in Political Science, Cum Laude; Minor in Africana Studies

Honors: Rhodes Scholarship finalist; Davis Projects for Peace winner

Halle Rubera ’19

Halle is passionate about universal education and hopes to go into public service working to improve education outcomes in under-resourced communities.

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Class of 2018

Remembering their first time at Wellesley:

Mebatsion “Meba” Gebre ’18 (Ethiopia), BA in Physics, Cum Laude

Honors: Senior Prize: Phyllis J. Fleming Prize for Distinction in Physics; Nominated for membership in Sigma Xi, the honors research society 


Lisa Luka '18 (Zimbabwe), BA in Biochemistry

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Sarah Nzau '18 (Kenya), BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude

Sarah Nzau '18

Sarah is committed to using her skills in economic and statistical analysis to shape the international development agenda and public policy. In the summer of 2017, Sarah worked as an undergraduate policy intern at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Global) at MIT, where she contributed to J-PAL’s policy team’s mission to analyze and disseminate research results to ensure policy is driven by scientific evidence. Sarah spent her junior year at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she concentrated on the intersection between economic and statistical analysis and public policy. On campus, she has been a Student Orientation Coordinator, a first-year mentor for the Wellesley Plus program, and an active member of the Wellesley African Student Association. After graduating in 2018, Sarah interned at the United Nations Foundation, and is currently a research assistant at The Brookings Institution (Economic Studies Program). Learn more about Sarah: and


Class of 2017 (first Mastercard graduates at Wellesley)

Refilwe and Khalayi were the first Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Wellesley College. They paved the way for future Scholars. Remembering their first time at Wellesley:


Martha Khalayi Aywa '17 (Kenya), Degree: BA in Biochemistry

Honors: Nominated for membership in Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society)

Martha Khalayi Aywa '17Khalayi is passionate about community health. During her internship at the Kenya Medical Research Institute - Wellcome Trust in Kilifi, Kenya, she experienced firsthand the effect of research on the community and saw how research can improve health outcomes in under-resourced areas. The impact of this work inspired her, fueling her determination to engage in translational medicine that equips her to deliver better health care outcomes in underserved communities by combining cutting-edge research with excellent clinical care. Since graduating, she has been working as a research technician at Tufts University. Her project aims to understand how a viral protein transforms normal cells into cancerous cells.


Refilwe Kotane '17 (South Africa), Degree: BA in Philosophy

Refilwe Kotane '17Refilwe is dedicated to the creation of transformative business and policy solutions to fuel inclusive growth and development in Africa. She is particularly driven to improve health systems and health outcomes through multi-sectoral collaboration, strategic innovation and virtuous leadership. At Wellesley, Refilwe took on various leadership roles as a Residential Assistant, Mamaland Coordinator and Philosophy Writing Tutor. In her junior year, she designed a lean start-up model for managing diabetes in urban areas in South Africa under the supervision of Amar Gupta at MIT. Refilwe also completed the International Honors Program, a global comparative study on health and community in Washington DC, Delhi, Sao Paulo and Cape Town. Refilwe contributed to actionable solutions to global issues at Discovery Health and Clinton Health Access Initiative as a Special Projects Analyst and Public Health Associate, respectively. She is also pursuing an M.Sc. in International Development (ODL) at The University of Edinburgh.