Paula Hunter

Senior Advisor

What I do at Virtual:

I serve as the Executive Director for the Mojaloop Foundation. I have a great team of Virtual experts supporting this exciting new open source initiative to address Financial Inclusion for the unbanked and underbanked.

Years of experience:

10 in high tech, then shifted to nonprofit consortia and standards groups for the past 15+ years.

Past employment:

I have served as Executive Director for the NFC Forum and several open source organizations. I was a founding board member of the ASP Industry Consortium. Prior to moving into high tech consortia, I spent 10 years in marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation.


B.S. – Computer Information Systems, Bentley University. Graduate studies at Babson College.

Favorite client story:

Shifting my work from straight technology to a charitable mission has given me a whole new perspective on how technology can improve the world. In my first 12 months of working on the Mojaloop project I have traveled to Africa 5 times and met a diverse new group of developers and advocates. The people I am working with are so dedicated and inspiring, I so look forward to each meeting with them.

Hidden talent:

Wrangling livestock: sheep, goats, chickens, oxen… and corgis!

What I do for fun:

Garden, Hike, tend to my evolving menagerie.

I can’t live without:

The outdoors, any season. I particularly love winter.

Important life lesson:

You must advocate for yourself, don’t wait for others to do so.

Key to success:

Jump in! Try something new or different, beg forgiveness.

Community Involvement:

Served my local library as a trustee and oversaw a major renovation of our c1800 building, becoming the first ADA compliant public building in our town. Served as a director of our local land trust. Was Race Director for the successful Francestown Five road race for 10 years.

Favorite Movie, Book, Food, Music:

Movie: The Mission

Book: Wendell Berry’s poetry and essays, too many to choose just one.

Food: savory, not sweet.

I am a diehard David Byrne/Talking Heads fan. American Eutopia is the best live show I have ever attended.

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