Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Jesse moved to Nairobi in 2010 to start M-KOPA . He previously worked as Director of the GSMA Development Fund and Managing Director of Signal Point Partners. He holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar).
Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder
Nick leads new product and new market activities for M-KOPA. Until 2009, Nick was Head of Global Payments at Vodafone Group, where he started M-PESA in 2004. Nick has PhD in Applied Science and an MBA from London Business School. He received an Economist Innovation Award in 2010.
Chief Operating Officer
Haijo joined M-KOPA in 2018 bringing rich experience in driving growth while improving organisational efficiency. He has founded the first and only solar manufacturing facility in East Africa after having worked across the globe in different functions for Unilever. Haijo holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Wageningen University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Bala joined M-KOPA in 2019 and is responsible for the Commercial function. He has spent over 15 years in the life insurance industry in India, leading large distribution teams, across different channels of distribution viz. Agency, Corporate agents and Brokers. Prior to Insurance, he was into banking, having worked with Bank of America and ABN Amro Bank.
Bala is a commerce graduate and an Honours(dip) in Systems Management.
Julian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
Ag. Chief Credit Officer & MD Uganda
Mitch joined M-KOPA in 2015 having previously established a Consumer Finance Operation in Kenya. He has over 12 years Operational& Strategic experience with the British Forces. Mitch has a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc from Cranfield University.
Chief Data & Performance Officer
David joined M-KOPA in 2012 having previously worked as a corporate strategy consultant in telecom, as a senior manager with Engineers Without Borders Canada and as a co-founder at an online ethical shopping company. He has held several roles at M-KOPA. David has a B.Sc in Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of Oxford (Skoll Scholar).
Chief Customer Officer
Nena joined M-KOPA in 2018 to lead customer service and retention activities. She is passionate about building mission-driven businesses in East Africa, having previously worked at Off Grid Electric in Tanzania, Acumen Fund in Kenya, Living Goods in Uganda, and TechnoServe in Rwanda. Prior to her East Africa chapter, Nena started her career at the Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Duke University
General Counsel, Director of Compliance
Jesse is a dual-qualified lawyer admitted in New York and England & Wales with significant transactional and regulatory experience in both jurisdictions. Jesse previously worked in New York and London for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a leading international law firm and was an Executive Director/Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan where he counseled market leading businesses operating across the EMEA region. Prior to joining M-KOPA, Jesse worked for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), one of the two principal financial regulatory authorities in the UK, where he gained significant financial services regulatory experience.
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