Janine Firpo - Warrior & Collaborator

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Janine Firpo has been a social innovator for 20 plus years. She has been working at the intersection of technology and international development problems. She is currently a Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her role, Janine is responsible for accelerating and deepening the penetration of digital financial services beyond basic payments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda while ensuring that the grantmaking and management are of the highest standards. 

Janine has more than 30 years of experience in IT with the last ten years focusing on financial services, particular e-payments, and mobile banking. Most recently, Janine was President and Founder of Sevak Solutions—a non-profit spun out of the Hewlett-Packard Company in 2005 to advance the role of technology in the delivery of financial services to the poor. During her career, Janine has had management positions in corporations, start-up businesses, development organizations, and government agencies. Since 1995, she has been concentrating on the intersection of business, technology.