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Co-Founder/COO, Xendit

“Wijaya” means “victory” in Indonesian, and Tessa Wijaya is having a winning run. The entrepreneur leads Xendit, a Jakarta-headquartered fintech company that has quickly carved out a place in payment infrastructure for businesses across Southeast Asia. Founded in 2015, Xendit reached unicorn status in September 2021 in a round led by Tiger Global Management. Now processing more than 65 million transactions worth $6.5 billion annually, its partnerships includes names such as super app Grab, payments company Wise, and regional travel aggregator Traveloka. Given that only 7% of fintech companies are led by women, Wijaya has said she strives to set an example to other women in Southeast Asian tech: 40% of Xendit’s employees are women.

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