Menekse Gencer founded mPay Connect, a consulting service for clients seeking to launch mobile payments. Her consulting service advises banks,
mobile network operators, and third parties on go-to-market-strategy, product design, and business development. Her clients included
Citigroup/SKTelecom, Wells Fargo, the InterAmerican Development Bank, a new venture in Bangladesh, and The mHealth Alliance
(United Nations Foundation). Her market expertise extends from North America to emerging markets such as Bangladesh, Jamaica
and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to founding mPay Connect, Menekse led PayPal Mobile’s Business Development efforts in North America
for two years during which time she closed PayPal’s first mobile network operator deal to launch PayPal Send Money on Sprint.
Menekse has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Macroeconomics from Harvard University and was previously featured on the cover of Fortune
Small Business Magazine for her innovative startup in emerging technology. She is the founder of the Mobile Payments Series(TM) initiative
which hosts panel discussions and networking events for professionals in the mobile money industry and has over 470 members in her LinkedIn
Group: Mobile Payments Series — mPay Connect. She is a recognized expert in this field and has lectured on mobile money at events for
Harvard Business School, Wharton MBA, and Columbia Business School. She participates in the World Economic Forum and The State Department
around Mobile Finance and Economic Development and is a frequent guest speaker at mobile money conferences globally. Menekse is an Open
Council Advisor to IntraHealth and a board advisor FrontlineSMS: Credit, a clean energy startup utilizing mobile payments, and several other
startups in this space. She advises angel investors, venture capitalists, and hedge funds on the mobile money industry and has 17 years of
experience as a consultant and industry leader in high tech, mobile, and financial services.