Ms. Celina Lee

Co-Founder & CEO | Zindi

Celina Lee is a co-founder and the CEO of Zindi (, the first data science competition platform of its kind in Africa. Celina has a passion for unleashing the power of data for social good. Celina has a proven track record of thought leadership in the intersect between data and development and has played central roles in launching global initiatives including the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (, insight2impact (, and now Zindi ( Celina's work has expansively bridged across the private and public sectors and across various development areas including financial inclusion, micro and small enterprise development, gender, climate change, and public health. She has lived and worked in countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Celina holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University and a Master’s of International Affairs with a focus on Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she was a U.S. Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow.