Charlene currently serves as the COO of BitPesa (, an online payment platform that leverages digital currency to significantly lower the cost of business payments to, from and within sub-Saharan Africa.

BitPesa's clients range from African businesses paying suppliers in China and Dubai to international remittance companies using our white-label FX/last-mile distribution platform.

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 lived and/or worked in 8 African countries since 2008. 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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