The M-KOPA team includes founders and senior management from the Vodafone and Safaricom award winning M-PESA service, and a team of Kenyan and international staff with extensive backgrounds in software development, distribution, finance and customer care.


Jesse Moore

Jesse Moore

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).


Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes

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.


Haijo Kuper

Haijo Kuper

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.


Nena Sanderson

Nena Sanderson

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


Bala  Ambat

Bala Ambat

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

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.


David Damberger

David Damberger

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).


Jayesh (Jay) Chudasama

Jayesh (Jay) Chudasama

Ag. Chief Finance officer

Jay is responsible for leading all finance operations and financial reporting for M-KOPA. He joined M-KOPA SOLAR in March 2017 having acquired wealth of experience from working in a number of sectors inclusive of BPO, Telecoms/internet and PAY-TV, prior to joining the Pay-Go Solar sector. He is a graduate from the University of Birmingham in the UK and has enjoyed a career in Finance spanning over 20 years, in both Europe and East Africa.


Wangari Murugu

Director of Marketing

Wangari’s marketing career spans over 20 years having worked in marketing in the FMCG and Telco Industries within East Africa. She joined M-KOPA in 2017. Wangari holds a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from Trent University, Canada, a Diploma in Advanced Business Management from the IESE (University of Navarra) and Strathmore Business Schools and is a GeMBA graduate from USIU/Columbia University, USA


Elizabeth Nyakwea

Ag. Director, Human Resources

Elizabeth joined M-KOPA in 2015 as the recruitment manager and has served in various capacities within the HR function for M-KOPA. Prior to her appointment, Elizabeth worked as a management consultant. Elizabeth is an HR Graduate and a practising member of the Institute of Human Resources, here in Kenya


Jesse Zigmund

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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