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Jay Alabraba is co-founder and director of business development of Paga, a mobile payments and digital financial services company focused on emerging markets. Before founding Paga, Jay was an associate on the Goldman Sachs natural resources investment banking team in New York and later led an M&A team at BGL Plc in Lagos, Nigeria. Early in his career, Jay worked as a program manager at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, where he received several patent awards for innovative work in the anti-piracy and software protection arena. He later accepted a one-year pre-MBA fellowship at Eli Lilly where he managed marketing projects in North America and Europe for the company’s neuroscience drugs unit. In 2018, Jay was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in recognition of Paga’s impact and his contributions to the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa. He currently serves as the chairman of the Association of Licensed Mobile Payment Operators (ALMPO) and is a member of the National Financial Inclusion Steering Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Jay is a sector-agnostic angel investor and advisor to multiple startups. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering, graduating cum laude, from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Stanford University. Jay is a Fellow of the 2021 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.