Elizabeth Rossiello

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Elizabeth Rossiello
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationColumbia University (B.A., Political Science, German, Italian, 2003)
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (M.A., International Business and Finance, 2006)
💼 Occupation
  • Founder and CEO of BitPesa

Elizabeth Rossiello is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of digital payments platform BitPesa. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Dakar, Senegal.[1] She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks.[2][unreliable source?]


Rossiello has a Masters in International Finance from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to founding BitPesa, she was Deputy Director of Planet Rating's East and Southern African office, served as an Analyst at Credit Suisse in NY, London and Zurich, worked at Goldman Sachs and served as a Robert Bosch Fellow at the German Bundestag in Frankfurt. She is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on Blockchain and the Global Blockchain Business Council, as well as an active advocate for blockchain technology in emerging markets.[3][4][5][6] In 2018 she was named to Fortune Magazine's "The Ledger 40 Under 40" list of young people who are transforming business at the leading edge of finance and technology.[7]


  1. Peck, Morgan (23 April 2013). "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. "Executive Profile: Elizabeth Rossiello". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. "Elizabeth Rossiello". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  4. Shin, Laura (15 June 2016). "Elizabeth Rossiello Describes How BitPesa Slashes International Payment Fees". Forbes. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. "Speaker: Elizabeth Rossiello". Money2020. Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Speaker: Elizabeth Rossiello". Blockchain Africa. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. "The Ledger 40 under 40". Fortune. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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