Elizabeth Rossiello

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, AZA Finance

Master’s in Finance, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Started career as in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in NY, London and Zurich. As the Deputy Director for sub-Saharan Africa’s largest microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, worked with microfinance institutions and SME-focused banks in 12 African countries. Trained regulators on best practices and analysed institutions for investors entering the region's markets. Founded BitPesa in October 2013 in Nairobi Kenya and grew it to become the first company to become licensed by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority as a Payment Institution that accepted Bitcoin. One of the leading voices on how to support financial innovation, especially in the foreign exchange and payments sector, across frontier markets, as a founding member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Blockchain, a founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and an active advocate for blockchain technology in emerging markets.

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