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Amolo Ng’weno

Non-Resident Fellow

Bio

Amolo Ng’weno is the CEO of BFA Global, based in Nairobi. Her recent areas of interest include the changing nature of work in developing countries with the growth of the digital economy; harnessing technology to provide micro-entrepreneurs with the financial and technical tools for growth; and how data analysis techniques can improve regulators' interactions with customers, including for resolving disputes. Formerly, she was the Managing Director of Digital Divide Data Kenya, a social enterprise that provides data and research services to companies and governments, while hiring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and supporting their higher education. Prior to that, Amolo held a position as Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In that role, she worked to improve scale, range, and impact of financial services available to the poor in developing countries. Prior to her work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amolo worked in Kenya, her native country, where she was the COO of the Trust for African Rock Art. She also was a co-founder of Africa Online, East Africa’s first internet provider, which operated in eight countries before sale to Telkom South Africa. Amolo holds a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from Princeton University.

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