Rebecca Kersch graduated from Harvard Kennedy School in 2020 with a Master’s in Public Administration. During her time at the Kennedy School, she was also a member of the Fall 2019 Leadership Development Cohort of the Center for Public Leadership. Rebecca is the CEO and founder of 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 an international peer-to-peer mobile payment app. It connects remittances to last-mile daily e-payments. 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. Her personal connection to Filipino migrant workers and passion to fix the system for Filipinos abroad and in the Philippines, are why she founded Tang. Prior to HKS, Rebecca worked for the UN, a non-profit, in strategy consulting, and she was also a career coach and she wrote the case book for the Oxford Saïd Business School. Her experience in the public sector, academic world, and business, as well as emerging markets, Europe and the US, are what uniquely shape Tang. Rebecca speaks four languages and her peers describe her as an energetic, fun, relentless, but also compassionate social entrepreneur.