Rosita Najmi has been an international social and economic development specialist since 2001. She is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), working to increase access to and usage of financial services by those living under $2/day. She leads a range of fintech related investments and bodies of work, including women’s financial inclusion and work at the intersection of digital financial services and taxation. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA), a UN-based alliance, which was created to catalyze a global shift from cash to digital payments. She is also on the board of FinEquity, a women’s financial inclusion global community of practice hosted by CGAP at the World Bank; it comprises a network of researchers, public, private, and nonprofit organizations, which coordinates efforts to increase funding effectiveness, creates intellectual capital, and spurs innovation in women’s financial inclusion across nearly 60 countries. Prior to joining BMGF, she was at the Omidyar Network, The World Bank, and leading NGOs, including Accion, Mercy Corps, and America’s Promise. She began her career as a social entrepreneur as co-founder and executive director of an international NGO in Benin. Her experience includes field research, publications, and operational and advocacy experience across Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, and Central Europe. She has advised and led collaborations with governments, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral organizations, including the G7 and G20. Tahirih’s inaugural Baha’i Service Fellow, Rosita joined Tahirih’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Education: Harvard Business School, MBA; Wake Forest University, BA