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Elizabeth Rossiello      

CEO & Founder of AZA; Co-Chairperson at World Economic Forum's Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Council on Blockchain

Elizabeth Rossiello is the CEO and Founder of BitPesa, an Africa-focused bitcoin service provider, founded in 2013. She is also the CEO and founder of AZA, an established provider of currency trading solutions which accelerate global access to frontier markets through an innovative infrastructure. By leveraging cutting edge technology in its flagship products, TransferZero and BFX, AZA is able to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to and from frontier markets. AZA is now a market-maker in every major African currency and facilitates payments into G20 currencies directly.

Rossiello expanded the company from Nairobi, Kenya to operations in 8 markets across Africa and Europe. Before founding AZA, Elizabeth was a rating analyst for microfinance institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, consulting for Grameen Foundation, Gates Foundation and the Acumen Fund, as well as working with regulators and policy-makers on legislation for financial innovations. Rossiello sits on the Investment Committee for Bamboo Capital and the World Economic Forum's Future Council on Blockchain. She holds an M.A. in International Business and Finance from Columbia University.

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