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Charlene Chen

COO & Co-founder
BitPesa
London

Charlene Chen is the Co-Founder and COO of BitPesa, a digital F/X and treasury platform that leverages Blockchain technology to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to, from and within frontier markets. BitPesa's clients range from African businesses and multinational companies paying suppliers as far as China and Dubai to international remittance companies using its platform to connect to dozens of bank networks and mobile money operators across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Morocco.

Charlene has nearly 15 years of management and leadership experience within Fortune 500 companies, international non-profits, and startups. 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. In general, Charlene is passionate about how to put into place the optimal people, systems and processes to empower organizations to maximize their impact. A global citizen, she has lived and worked in 10 African and European countries and speaks Spanish, French, and Swahili. 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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