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Juliet Valarie Auma Odhiambo
Field of Study: Business
Leadership Institute: Northwestern University
Juliet Odhiambo has many years’ experience in the banking and finance industry, focusing on banking operations, transaction banking, and finance systems. She is founder of Pesa Savvy, a social enterprise that empowers students, community youth groups, and small business owners by teaching them the basics of financial management for personal and business growth. Juliet holds a master’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in Development Issues from United States International University–Africa. She is interested in the intersection of financial literacy, financial technology, and policy for social impact and social development. She believes that financial literacy reduces poverty at both the personal and the national levels because understanding the financial industry enables individuals to take advantage of products and services, such as credit, thereby encouraging financial inclusion and stimulating economic growth. A 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, she is looking to collaborate with people working in EdTech that can be used to disseminate financial education content in innovative and engaging ways.