Meet The Team

We’re a small (for now) group of passionate and focused people. We work smart and hard, and make sure everything we do makes sense for our partners, their customers and our investors.

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Ann-Elise Francis

~ Head of Growth~

Formerly Head of Operations at BitPesa

Impact-driven leader passionate about financial inclusion and using business solutions to create scalable and sustainable impact.

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Frida Mwuara

~ Head of Insurance Operations ~

Formerly GM of Operations at Kenya Orient Insurance

Operations specialist with 10 years’ experience of process and system design for the African insurance market.

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Shane McLean

~ Managing Director, Uganda ~

Formerly CEO of Staffable Africa

Entrepreneur. Intrepreneur. MBA. Living and working in East Africa since 2015.


Ted Pantone

~ CEO ~

Formerly Director of Labs for MicroEnsure

Social entrepreneur with 9 years of experience living and building businesses in East Africa. 

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Peter Gross

~ Head of Product ~

Formerly Director of Strategy for MicroEnsure

Experienced social innovator with 8 years of experience building microinsurance businesses in Africa. 

Advisory Board

An assembly of East Africa social impact veterans, our advisory board always picks up our calls, offers guidance and is committed to our success.


Brian Cayce

~ Venture Capitalist ~

Gray Ghost Ventures


M-KOPA, bKash, BillMo,  PharmaSecure, Range Networks. Helping with investor and fundraising strategy


Mitchell Momanyi

~ Actuary, FSA, MAAA ~


Kenyan with extensive global actuarial experience. Helping with actuarial science and underwriting strategy

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Lyndsay Handler

~ CEO ~

Fenix Int.

Formerly Sr. Dir Programs & Ops of Village Enterprise Fund.  Helping with business, customer, and product strategy


Rodney Schuster

~ Senior Advisor ~


Formerly Co-Founder & CEO Uganda MicroFinance Limited