Elsa Sze

Founder and CEO, Agora

Elsa Sze is the Founder & CEO of Agora, a venture-backed tech startup with a mission to reimagine democracy in the 21st century. Sze created Agora, an online townhall platform for building engaged communities while pursuing her joint degree at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her belief in the power of ordinary citizens to change the world was further affirmed by her experience serving as a policy advisor for the Obama campaign in 2012.

Prior to Harvard, Sze was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. where she advised Fortune 500 executives on growth strategy, organizational effectiveness, and risk management. During the recent financial crisis, she was at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, advising G20 finance ministers on fiscal stimulus policies. Sze spent a brief time at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan after graduating from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Economics and Political Science. Sze was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2015.

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