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University of Southern California // Founder and CEO, Work Algo, LLC

Anna Merzi


Anna Merzi is the founder and CEO of Algo. She has a degree in Middle East Studies and Political Science from the University of Southern California, where she was awarded 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Prior to founding Algo, she worked in refugee employment training and language learning. That was where she discovered a massive issue: that refugees in the world’s largest intake countries had no place to rebuild their financial future.

AlgoPay is a borderless e-bank that enables refugees to store and withdraw payments from anywhere.

Along with not having access to standard payment systems like PayPal, a majority of refugees also have no place to store their income. On the macro-scale, it’s a borderless population of 67 million unbanked individuals, and on the micro-scale, it’s some of the world’s most vulnerable people carrying all of their savings in cash with no place to manage funds.

AlgoPay operates like both an e-wallet and an ATM. Users can store their income in AlgoPay’s digital wallet, and similar to Western Union, they can withdraw payments at any Algo vendor location— totally bankless. We're currently running pilots in Turkey and Jordan and have signed a partnership with UpWork as the first user of Algo's payment network.