Rebecca Kersch

2019 Cheng Fellow

Rebecca Kersch is an MPA candidate and a member of the Fall 2019 Leadership Development Cohort of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the CEO and founder of the FinTech Tang, a social venture that is focused on providing access to financial services to the millions of adults without bank accounts in the Philippines. Tang is a peer-to-peer mobile payment platform that does not require a linked bank account. The platform sits at the cross-section of using business and technology for social innovation and strives to bring about sustainable change. Rebecca is Dutch-Filipina and was born and raised in the Netherlands, but she spent a lot of time in the Philippines growing up and seeing the vast inequality among people. Since an early age, Rebecca has wanted to help alleviate poverty in the Philippines, and she will use her time as a Cheng Fellow to develop an understanding of financial behavior in rural Filipino areas to grow the Tang platform. Prior to HKS, Rebecca worked for the UN, a non-profit, strategy consultancy, and she was also a career coach and case book author for the Oxford Saïd Business School. Her experience in the public sector, academic world, and business, as well as emerging markets and Europe and the US, are what motivated her to come to HKS and to start Tang. Rebecca speaks four languages and her peers describe her as an energetic, fun, relentless, but also a compassionate social entrepreneur.