Our Board


Elizabeth L. Littlefield was the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance agency. She was nominated to the Under Secretary-level position[1] by President Barack Obama on November 19, 2009 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 24, 2010. She was sworn into office on October 1, 2010 by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Littlefield was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the White House Global Development Council and the President’s Export Council. She was presented in 2012 with the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award in the Foreign Service, by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


is the founder’s representative to the board of M-KOPA LLC. Nick is a founder of M-KOPA and was previously Managing Director of Signal Point Partners, the advisory and venture firm that started M-KOPA. Until 2009, Nick was Head of Global Payments at Vodafone Group, where he started M-PESA in 2004. Prior to joining Vodafone in 2001 Nick headed BP’s climate change program. Nick has a PhD in Applied Science, an MBA from London Business School, and was the recipient of an Economist Innovation Award in 2010.


is the investors representative to the board of M-KOPA LLC. Arun is President and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, based in Atlanta, USA. Arun brings an extensive background in mobile telecommunications, finance and operations. His 30 years of experience in the USA and India, which includes serving as a member of the executive team at T-Mobile USA as the CFO of Cook Inlet T-Mobile, has been valuable in underwriting the investment opportunities and working with the entrepreneurs of Gray Ghost Ventures’ portfolio companies. Arun is a native of Chennai, India and holds a BSc in sciences, a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.


is the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-founder of M-KOPA Solar.  Jesse has more than 10 years experience building emerging market technology ventures. Prior to founding M-KOPA, Jesse was a Managing Director of Signal Point Partners and the director of the GSMA Development Fund. He holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar).


Shakir is currently a Partner with LGT Impact Fund, a global fund investing in companies with scalable, effective solutions to societal challenges in emerging markets. Prior to this, he was a partner at Aureos Capital where amongst his broad-based investing activites, he also built one of the first healthcare investing practices across Africa with the Africa Health Fund. He has over 20 years of experience in investing and growing businesses in multiple regions and sectors across the African continent, and was one of the early pioneers in the East Africa Private Equity Space. Prior to returning to Kenya, Shakir was a director at Geocapital Partners, a technology-focused Venture Capital Fund and also worked as a consultant across Europe and Africa with the Monitor Company and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Shakir holds a Bsc and Msc with (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Susan Githuku is the Founder of Human Performance Dynamics Africa, an HR consulting firm based in Kenya. Before establishing HPDA, Susan worked at Coca-Cola as the Eurasia & Africa Group director for Coca-Cola Talent University. Prior to this, she was the Coca-Cola Africa Group HR director. She is also the Founder of Footprints Press, a publishing house.
She coaches leaders and consults widely for several organizations and until 2015 served on the Boards of East African Breweries and UAP Insurance. She was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Chair the Kenya Yearbook Editorial Board in 2015. She holds a M.Sc. in Development Economics from Strathclyde University, Scotland and a BA in Economics & Psychology from St. Lawrence University, USA.


Ian is a Board Member and Chair of the Operating Committee at M-KOPA, the largest provider of off-grid solar services in Africa. He is a Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk at Seedrs Ltd, a leading equity crowdfunding fintech business; a Board Member of the British Tourist Authority; Trustee Board Member of English Heritage (where he also Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee) and a Governor of The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation. He was most recently CEO of First Utility (the UK’s largest independent energy retailer) from 2011 to 2017 and was previously CEO of lastminute.com, Europe’s largest independent online travel agent. Ian began his career in the IT industry before moving into telecommunications and spending six years at Nokia, working across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Maria is the Head of the Financial Institutions sector team at CDC and is responsible for the equity FI portfolio across Africa and Asia. Prior to joining CDC in 2012, she worked in the microfinance sector at both Agora Microfinance Partners and Opportunity International. Before joining the development finance sector, Maria worked at JPMorgan in both London and New York where she was responsible for creating investment solutions for asset management clients. Maria holds a BSc in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.