Our Team

Behind every great product is an amazing team! Learn more about the rockstars behind BitPesa.

BitPesa magic happens because of our incredible people. Our diverse and experienced team members come from all over the world, with the industry and market knowledge needed to help BitPesa scale across frontier markets.

Leadership
Product & Engineering
Finance
Sales, Marketing, & Partnerships
Operations & Compliance
Leadership

Elizabeth Rossiello

CEO & Founder

Elizabeth Rossiello

CEO & Founder

Elizabeth has lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya since 2009 and knows financial services from the Mara to the Board room. She speaks 5 languages, has 2 kids, and still makes sure everybody meets their deadlines.

Charlene Chen

COO

Charlene Chen

COO

A Computer Science major and ex-IT consultant, Charlene loves technology, people operations, efficiency and optimization. She has spent most of the last decade living and working in East and West Africa and speaks French, Spanish and enough Swahili to navigate rural Kenya.

Adam Gouveia

CFO

Adam Gouveia

CFO

Adam learned about bitcoin in 2013 while working at a bank. He left three months later and has worked in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space ever since.

Callum Dryden

CTO

Callum Dryden

CTO

Callum is the CTO of Bitpesa, with over 10 years of engineering experience. Callum started out as a Software Engineer at Sun Microsystems and has honed his skills in both the technology and financial sectors leading projects from market disrupting prototypes to multi-million dollar investment platforms for FNZ. Before joining Bitpesa Callum worked on RightScale’s cloud management platform which has given him a unique insight into delivering software solutions that can massively scale. He holds a B.Eng in Software Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University.

Product & Engineering

Arnau Giró

Product Analytics Manager

Arnau Giró

Product Analytics Manager

Arnau is a Marketplaces specialist a little bit obsessed about data. He loves to discover new products everyday, from board games to the next blockchain project.

London, UK

Filza Majeed

Product Designer

Filza Majeed

Product Designer

She believes in designing experiences rather than products. She strongly believes that good design is achieved through minimalism, in conjunction with attention to detail.

Christian Harries

UX Designer

Christian Harries

UX Designer

Constantly fascinated with the seemingly mundane, Christian sees opportunities in the smallest of places. Having previously run his own business, he not only knows the struggles that come with scaling products, he thrives on it too.

Geoffrey Oruru

Senior Analytics Associate

Geoffrey Oruru

Senior Analytics Associate

Geoffrey loves and enjoys researching and getting to know why things happen the way they do. Data is his raw material, and Geoffrey am just an ingredient that adds flavor to it. Data all the way!

Jerome Pratt

Full Stack Developer

Jerome Pratt

Full Stack Developer

Jerome is a professional and hobbyist developer. He works in the London office, helping to perfect the BitPesa Platform and customer experience. Jerome speaks 3 languages and is passionate about cryptocurrencies, often waiting until they reach their all-time highest value to purchase.

Kevin Smith

Full Stack Developer

Kevin Smith

Full Stack Developer

In the 15 years Kevin has been developing software, he has worked on varied projects as rail bridge control systems, voice recognition tech, and mobile payments platforms. As a STEM Ambassador, Kevin has a passion for getting kids enthused about technology.

Nikitas Gargoulakis

Devops Specialist

Nikitas Gargoulakis

Devops Specialist

Cloud Architect with over 15 years of hands-on experience in Linux/Windows and AWS/GCP. Have succesfuly lead a wide array of projects and have migrated a number of complex applications to the Cloud. Love learning about new technologies and how those can benefit the business.

Paul Cosgrove

Full Stack Developer

Paul Cosgrove

Full Stack Developer

Paul has been doing web development for nearly two decades, and worked in the videogames industry for ten years. He spends his spare time climbing, practicing guitar and playing board games.

Saran Wanjiru

QA Analyst

Saran Wanjiru

QA Analyst

Saran is a Business Information Technology graduate, passionate about business intelligence and big data. Experienced in Data Analytics and visualization, she is growing her expertise in research and project management. She is adventurous and loves sports.

Zsolt Sztupak

Full Stack Developer

Zsolt Sztupak

Full Stack Developer

Zsolt is a polyglot developer who likes challenges and is never afraid of diving into deep territories to get a better understanding of the big picture. During his career, he has been involved with various frameworks and tools, and he has solved various technical and non-technical challenges ranging from debugging and reverse-engineering systems to hiring and managing a small team of developers.

Ekerete Akpan

Ruby Rails Developer

Ekerete Akpan

Ruby Rails Developer

Ekerete has been involved in web development for over a decade. He has a passion for technology and thrives on figuring out how to make stuff work better – especially on the web.

Finance

Michael Nderitu

Head of Trading

Michael Nderitu

Head of Trading

Mike has 11 years experience in volatile markets, from equities to government securities, FX to Crypto. He has expert knowledge from investment banking, stock-broking, bank treasury and currently the cryptocurrency world since 2016.

Teresia Kairu

Finance Manager

Teresia Kairu

Finance Manager

Teresia is an expert with numbers. Having previously worked with multinational companies, she has helped mould the finance team. She prepares reports and presents information that maps the company’s financial growth and opportunities. Her slogan is “Figures tell a story”.

Haron Nyamache

Payment Assistant Manager

Haron Nyamache

Payment Assistant Manager

Haron works with payment providers, customer service, and the finance department to research payment issues.

Bello Endurance

Finance Controller

Bello Endurance

Finance Controller

A seasoned professional accountant and consultant, Bello is an individual motivated by new challenges. Not only does he have excellent communication and analytical skills, Bello has the ability to multitask and adapt to changes in the workplace. He loves working as a team player and looks forward to growing his abilities as a leader.

Christian Ikedue

Payment Specialist

Christian Ikedue

Payment Specialist

Chris is chartered accountant who has over 9 years experience in the telecom industry and financial services.  He has experience in finance operations, blockchain technology, financial reporting, reconciliation, treasury and currently payment services. Passionate in using financial technology in solving global financial problems ,Chris also enjoys movies and music.

Philip Wairera

Finance Associate

Philip Wairera

Finance Associate

Philip’s role involves making numbers make sense. Never was he a fan of numbers, but let’s just say the Universe had a different opinion about it and here we are. He enjoys fictional movies, dancing, and most importantly he finds comfort in laughter.

Naftali Osoro

Finance Associate

Naftali Osoro

Finance Associate

Naftali has worn many hats prior to finding THE hat in Finance and Accounting. Having started as a marketer, sales representative, admin officer & recruiter, he finally settled in what had always been his passion, numbers.

Thomas Birgen

Treasury Associate

Thomas Birgen

Treasury Associate

Tom is an Actuarial Science graduate passionate about quantitative analysis of financial data. Previously from telco, he now monitors candlesticks, graphs and currency trends–ensuring all initiated trades are profitably completed, one beep at a time. Enjoys coffee, Karaoke nights and a game of chess.

Sales, Marketing, & Partnerships

Luis Cambronero

Head of MTO Sales

Luis Cambronero

Head of MTO Sales

Even though entrepreneur, adventurer, and an explorer is how Luis describes himself, he has become an expert in the money transfer market due to the family inheritance in the industry at the age 16 years old. He started working for companies in the sector, before finally founding TransferZero.  He became the Co-Head of Global Sales when BitPesa acquired TransferZero in 2018.

Sukhi Srivastan

Head of Global Sales

Sukhi Srivastan

Head of Global Sales

Prior to joining BitPesa, Sukhi worked in Foreign Exchange & Global Treasury at a San Francisco based bank where she helped Silicon Valley tech companies manage their FX and Treasury needs.

David Yen

Head of Global Partnerships

David Yen

Head of Global Partnerships

David is fluent in Mandarin, English and basic Swahili. He has lived and worked in Taipei, Tokyo, Bonn & Nairobi. Passionate about coming up with new ideas, meeting new people and solving new problems!

Stephany Zoo

Head of Marketing

Stephany Zoo

Head of Marketing

Having lived on three continents, Stephany can’t sit still. Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany has founded ecommerce and media platforms, as well as her own tech agency, but she’s always loved the applications of cryptocurrency. So, she’s gone from BTC China to BTC Africa!

Shiku Ngigi

Senior Marketing Manager

Shiku Ngigi

Senior Marketing Manager

Shiku, a.k.a Caroline, lives for stories – weaving together our customers’ and BitPesa’s stories of growth and collaboration over the years. She is a hopeful realist who loves children, a good challenge and a healthy intersection of life and technology.

Judy Ranji

Client Relationships Manager

Judy Ranji

Client Relationships Manager

Judy is a great conversanalist when it comes to customers. She believes in the slogan “Customers first.” She enjoys spending time with family and tries very hard to watch a movie to the end.

Ibrahim Toyeeb

Senior Business Development Associate

Ibrahim Toyeeb

Senior Business Development Associate

With both International Relations and Law Degrees, Ibrahim has applied his skills working in the Marketing and Strategy divisions of various firms across different sectors. A tech enthusiast with a keen interest in innovation, he is committed to further exploring the frontiers of FinTech in Africa.

Tonia Muoka

Senior Account Associate

Tonia Muoka

Senior Account Associate

Tonia is a service enthusiast whose zeal is to achieve a positive client experience in the business. Her curious nature in learning and seeking ways to evolve in the Fintech industry is likened to Sherlock Holmes and after work, she is a football fanatic with two left feet.

Claire Omuruli

Account Associate

Claire Omuruli

Account Associate

Claire is an account manager who will go to great heights to ensure that clients are satisfied. Granted, she might need a ladder or ten to reach these heights, but she definitely gets the job done. She secretly loves numbers because “It’s the little things in life that count”.

Fatou Bintou Diop

Account Associate

Fatou Bintou Diop

Account Associate

As an account manager, Fatou does everything she can to get her clients satisfied. Her two key words are passion and courage  She is bilingual in French and English and is in totally love with food. This the fuel of her life!

Monica Ng’ang’a

Customer Service Associate

Monica Ng’ang’a

Customer Service Associate

Monica is a Customer Advocate, giving the best customer experience while prioritizing client satisfaction with the organization is her key. She has a background in Banking and Payment industry. She is a nature fanatic and beaches are her favorite.

Nancy Okwuchi Awurum

Customer Service Associate

Nancy Okwuchi Awurum

Customer Service Associate

Nancy is a natural problem solver who loves to offer the best customer experience.  She is interested in Psychology and Project Management, and loves a new challenge. Music and football are some of her favourite activities and she’s taking baby steps at creation of musical beats during her spare time.

Edwin Wangila

Customer Service Associate

Edwin Wangila

Customer Service Associate

After 6 years of experience in Customer Service in 3 multicultural organisations, Edwin has trained and coached high-performing customer service teams.  With his diploma in purchasing and supplies management and his Bachelors in Procurement and Logistics, he previously worked in supply chain and restaurant management at Pizza Hut Uganda.

Nairobi, Kenya

Operations & Compliance

Yana Afanasieva

Head of Compliance

Yana Afanasieva

Head of Compliance

After multiple years of heading regional compliance departments for PayPal and Amazon in Europe, in 2017, Yana Afanasieva has founded her boutique advisory firm Competitive Compliance in Switzerland, focusing on services for blockchain and FinTech companies. Yana is an active contributor for the regulatory activities of the Crypto Valley Association and is payments and compliance expert at the Swiss Finance+Technology Association.

Ann-Elise Francis

Head of Operations

Ann-Elise Francis

Head of Operations

Ann-Elise is an inclusive business nerd, with a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment. She is passionate about using business solutions to create scalable and sustainable impact. She leverages her skills to develop strategic partnerships, raise funds, and design and implement programs. Her career has spanned 8+ years in the non-profit and private sectors working in the United States, Latin America, and East Africa.

Mary Mwangata

East Africa Legal and Compliance Specialist

Mary Mwangata

East Africa Legal and Compliance Specialist

A legal practitioner with over 10 years of active Legal Risk and Compliance practice, Mary is passionate about new technologies and the best way to engage stakeholders. She has held multiple senior management position in a Pan-African financial institutions.

Muhammad Inuwa

Compliance and Due Diligence Management Specialist

Muhammad Inuwa

Compliance and Due Diligence Management Specialist

Muhammad has over 10 years experience in financial services, specializing in AML Risk and controls, spanning regional banks to truly global international banks. Married with 2 kids, Muhammad has a passion for photography and farming.

Dennis Ogiamien

Legal & Compliance Specialist

Dennis Ogiamien

Legal & Compliance Specialist

Dennis is a Commercial Lawyer with 8 years practice experience. A research enthusiast with considerable knowledge of Compliance & Compliance related matters, he has evolved in his position of expertise brought to bear and enhanced by his years of Practice Experience.

Evelyn Wanjiru

Senior Business Support Associate

Evelyn Wanjiru

Senior Business Support Associate

Evelyn is a HR and Admin professional with a passion for people operations and making things work. She has a background in HR consulting and recruitment. She enjoys listening to music and is a recovering chocoholic.

Bilkis Rodemade

Business Support and Administration Officer

Bilkis Rodemade

Business Support and Administration Officer

Bilkis is an Economics graduate with a knack for administrative duties and resource management. She is always happy and is easily approachable. She is an art, fashion and music lover, as well an avid reader and always the life of the party 🙂

Lucia Campos

AML Manager

Lucia Campos

AML Manager

With decades of experience in compliance, Lucia joined the team as an AML manager as part of the BitPesa acquisition of TransferZero.

Jaime Nieto

Operations Associate, UK/Europe

Jaime Nieto

Operations Associate, UK/Europe

After graduating in Business Administration and Marketing, Jaime is always focused on achieving the best results providing his “know-how”, combined with his efforts and constant improvement. He loves working with the BitPesa team and trying to give his best to the clients.

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