Shivani Siroya

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021


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John C. Williams
President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Chair, The Economic Club of New York

Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala, the leading personal finance app serving the global underbanked. Since launching in 2014, Tala has disbursed over $2 billion in credit to more than 6 million customers across Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, and India who use Tala financial products to start and expand small businesses, pay school fees and bills, and build more stable financial lives. Tala is backed by leading venture and impact investors including GGV Capital, IVP, Revolution Growth, Ribbit Capital, Lowercase Capital, and PayPal Ventures, and has been named to the Fortune Impact 20 list, CNBC's Disruptor 50, and Forbes' Fintech 50 list for four years running. Additionally, Shivani and Tala have been recognized by the New York Times, Wired, TechCrunch, the Financial Times, and other leading publications.

Prior to founding Tala, Shivani worked as an analyst with UNFPA, conducting thousands of user interviews to understand the impact of microfinance programs in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. She has also held a variety of positions in global health and investment banking, including with Health Net, Citigroup, and UBS. Shivani is a member of the G7 Impact Task Force, an Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow, a WEF Young Global Leader, Senior TED Fellow and Ashoka Fellow. She is also on the board of She holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Shivani grew up in New York City and Udaipur, Rajasthan. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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