Rosita Najmi has been an global social and economic development specialist since 2001. At PayPal, Rosita leads the Social Innovation Team, which engages PayPal customers, employees, products, and business operations to advance social, economic, and environmental impact via democratizing financial services, improving the financial health of people and small businesses, increasing the volume and scale of global charitable giving, supporting climate justice and environmental sustainability, and strengthening communities through local grantmaking, volunteering, and pro bono technical assistance.
She came to PayPal from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where she increased access to and usage of financial services by those living under $2/day. She led 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 policy and administration. 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. Rosita was Tahirih’s inaugural Baha’i Service Fellow and joined Tahirih’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Education: Harvard Business School, MBA; Wake Forest University, BA