Charlene Chen BitPesa

Charlene is the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa, a Nairobi and London-based fintech company that leverages digital currency such as Bitcoin to provide individuals and businesses with low-cost, fast, and secure money transfers and payments to sub-Saharan Africa. She has 10 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from internet startups to Fortune 500 companies to international non-profits including Deloitte Consulting, TechnoServe, KickStart International, and the Grameen Foundation. Charlene spent 6 years living and working in East Africa, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, ICT for Development, and financial services for the unbanked. Her expertise is in new product development, marketing, and sales of services in emerging markets. Charlene holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology from Duke University.