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CHARLENE CHEN

COO, BitPesa

SPEAKER IN 2017 / FINANCIAL SERVICES

 

Charlene Chen currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa, a digital F/X platform that leverages Blockchain technology to significantly lower the cost of business payments to, from and within sub-Saharan Africa. Charlene has over 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. She began her career as an IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting, but during business school made a career shift to focus on social entrepreneurship, technology, and mobile financial services in sub-Saharan Africa. Charlene has worked in Gabon, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and Nigeria. In 2015, she was listed as one of Innotribe's "Power Women in Fintech." Charlene holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California - Berkeley and a B.S. in Psychology and Computer Science from Duke University.

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