Principal, Semba and Lead Investor, Next Wave Impact Fund
Specialty: Impact Investing
Janine Firpo is a values-aligned investor, angel investor, and social innovator. In 2017 she left her 35-year career in technology and international development to focus on how women can create a more just and equitable society through their financial investments. In 2018 Janine launched a club to help women invest all their assets – from cash to public equities to private investments – in ways that align with their values. In partnership with financial experts, she is editing a book that will help readers transform their relationship with money and break taboos related to women and financial empowerment.
During her prior career, Janine explored the role that technology could play in solving intractable challenges related to poverty and equity. In 2002, she initiated and led a consortium of microfinance leaders to explore the role technology could play in dramatically increasing the scale of financial services to the poor. Later, she became one of the first mobile money experts and advisors to mobile network operators, financial institutions, and other early entrants in what became the mobile money industry. Janine concluded her career at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she and her team designed philanthropic and impact investments to bring poor people out of poverty.