Rosa Wang, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, spent her childhood in the American deep South in Meridian, Mississippi. After university and graduate school at Princeton University, she spent 13 years as an investment-banking executive based in New York City and Hong Kong.
In 2002, she left finance, relocated to Silicon Valley California, and a well-timed phone call introduced her to the world of social entrepreneurship and international development.
For the past 17 years, she has worked at the forefront of spreading digital and mobile technologies to those excluded from the digital revolution. When mobile services were in their infancy, she worked for Ashoka, the pioneering organization for social entrepreneurs, identifying and supporting the most successful entrepreneurs addressing issues like maternal health, environmental conservation and clean water. It was visiting these social entrepreneurs that she saw first-hand the power of digital technologies for the poor.
In 2012, Rosa was appointed Global Director of Mobile Money and Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Opportunity International, an organization that focuses on alleviating poverty through financial services and training.
Rosa’s work encompasses the efforts to bring the mobile-digital revolution and all of its associated benefits to the millions of poor village women that have been digitally excluded. In addition, she has served as Leader of the DFS peer group, where member organizations offer services to 60 million persons worldwide. Her fieldwork has taken her to many parts of the world where extreme poverty still persists, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Rosa is a frequent public communicator on digital services for the poor. She speaks at industry and investor conferences and has been featured in publications such as The Financial Times. Her passionate empathy for those living in extreme poverty, subject-matter expertise and self-reflections serve as the source material for her forthcoming debut book, Unpaved: Journey of an Accidental Technologist.
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