Coryell Stout was the former Africa Portfolio Engagement Manager for Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. In her role, Coryell provided strategic and operational support to the team’s portfolio across Africa. Coryell has nearly a decade of experience working across business strategy, entrepreneurship, and operations in emerging markets. Prior to joining Accion, Coryell was Chief Operating Officer at a solar energy startup, where she founded the Kenya office, expanded operations across East Africa, and oversaw the launch of 4 new products in 13 markets. Coryell holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in African studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate certificate in social enterprise and impact investing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.