Eelko’s passion for innovative development finance brought him to LendXS. Having been involved in numerous capital raising and financial advisory assignments across emerging markets over the last 30 years, he became increasingly fascinated by the challenge to improve financial inclusion in agricultural supply chains.
Eelko is Managing Director of Financial Consulting Services and Chairman of the Board of the Advans Group, an international microfinance investment firm. Eelko has extensive experience in international, commercial and development finance and in building businesses in the financial sector.
Before joining LendXS, Eelko was the CEO of the Orangefield Group, following its management buy-out from ING Group in 2007. Until 2007 Eelko worked for ABN Amro Bank for 20 years in a variety of commercial and senior management roles in The United States, Asia, and Europe.
Eelko holds a Master of International Law Degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.
After a 20-year career in finance, sales & marketing, and various Board positions in the IT industry and banking sector, Carel became an entrepreneur and co-founded in 2011 the Amsterdam-based Marie-Stella-Maris, a social enterprise that a.o. produces, markets, and sells bottled drinking water. Through the Marie Stella Maris Foundation it also sponsors the development of clean drinking water projects in Asia and Africa.
Carel has been inspired by the UN Resolution adopted in 2010 where access to clean drinking water and hygiene was declared a basic human right. In addition to building the Marie Stella Maris brand and organization, Carel has developed with selected corporate partners a framework and policy for the efficient development and implementation of projects in small communities in rural Africa.
Carel is passionate about translating innovative, proven private sector-driven concepts to drive sustainable impact. At LendXS Carel will use his extensive marketing experience to support the development of a brand and product that is singlemindedly client-focused, affordable and will contribute to greater and measurable financial inclusion in rural markets.
Carel holds a MSc in Business Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
William’s role in LendXS is to perform detailed analysis and financial operations assessment for clients. His main responsibilities include financial analysis and mapping of agri-supply chain actors as well as providing impact investment advisory services. William has extensive knowledge in the financial analysis of agricultural commodity markets derived from his experience in trading agricultural commodity derivatives.
William previously worked at Futures First Kenya as a Financial Market Analyst where he traded agricultural commodity derivatives. He holds a Master of Science in Finance degree from the University of Nairobi and is also an ACCA Affiliate.
Valentine is a product development professional with 4 years’ extensive experience working with cross-cultural teams in the financial services, technology and agriculture sectors. Her areas of expertise cuts across, product development, UX research, agile software development, digital financial services and technology.
Valentine is the Product Owner leading LendXS product development. She works at the intersection of business strategy and technology and is responsible for translating abstract visions into reality, while managing client expectations and efficiency. She combines her technological expertise and strong business acumen to develop the product towards the company vision. Valentine is also a core member of the Product Development Committee.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration, Finance from United States International University-Africa.
Francis is a Java backend developer who specializes in Java enterprise technologies.
In cooperation with Incentro, he supports LendXS as the Senior Software developer.
He is experienced building complete backend API systems and working with Java SE, Java EE, Spring Framework and PostgreSQL.
Francis holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Kyle’s role for LendXS is to provide data analysis and support the development of the credit scoring methodology.
He has attained a highly successful academic background in economics and risk management, with a cum laude honors degree in international trade. Furthermore, he has passed both the level I and level II exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program. Kyle has also recently completed his MSc in Economics at Vrije University Amsterdam, which focussed on relevant economic policy challenges faced by society today and tomorrow.
Cindy’s role is to support business development, marketing, research and to design and implement operational processes and policies of LendXS.
Cindy has a background in Banking and finance and started her career at CTBC Bank in Taiwan as a Micro Enterprises Loan Officer. Also, Cindy has gained extensive experience in developing financial mobile applications in a fintech start-up company before coming to the Netherlands. In 2020, she obtained her MScBA with a specialization in Business Analytics from TIAS Business School in the Netherlands.
Having worked with Craft Silicon, a leading fintech solutions provider, Kennedy has gained over 6+ years of experience in the design, development, testing, and implementation of various architectures and systems in banking and microfinance.
Kennedy is well versed with multiple project implementations for financial institutions across East Africa on agency banking, mobile banking, ATM solutions, and system integration with multiple core banking systems.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Mount Kenya University.
Aysher is an enthusiastic Sales & Marketing professional with over 8 years’ experience. She has worked in the Microfinance Industry prior to joining LendXS. She is our Sales Champion in the East African Region working closely with our partners to increase financial inclusion to the rural communities
She is skilled at client service and satisfying client needs by recommending the right solutions. Throughout her career, Aysher has earned the trust of several national and multi-national companies while maintaining strong client relationships that generate repeat business. She attributes her success to her ability to listen to customers and put their needs first.
She holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Mount Kenya University. She is also a Chattered Marketer from the Chattered Institute of Marketing.
Whitney is passionate about humankind wellness and that has a lot to do with financial inclusion. She is privileged to work with Financial Access where we aim at eradicating poverty by equipping small-scale farmers with the financial muscle to improve their livelihoods and in return there is food security. That way we make the world a little bit better for everyone.
Prior to joining Financial Access, Whitney worked for Zamara Actuaries Administrators and Consultants Ltd for four years where she held the position of a Business Analyst.
Whitney holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Daystar University and a Project Management certification from Computer Pride College.
Felix is a passionate and self-motivated professional with over 9 years of experience in business development and sales roles across industries.
With his rich background, he has witnessed how FinTech is revolutionizing the way businesses operate, agriculture is equally experiencing some major metamorphoses. Felix believes financial inclusion is a game-changer that gives opportunities to smallholder farmers to scale.
Based in Accra, he is responsible for sales activities and the growth of the LendXS portfolio in the West African region.
Felix holds an MSc in International Business from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Cape Coast.
Daniele is an enthusiastic result driven and detail oriented professional who has a broad experience in the field of Finance and Business Control. He worked for International companies as well as startups, his extensive background brought him to work both in for-profit and non-governmental organizations. He has been active in various branch offices in EMEA and APAC and mostly within an international environment. Daniele has the ability to work effectively with heterogeneous groups of people and demonstrates initiative, analytical view, and managerial skills in every position he had.
He focuses on fostering trust and cultivating partnerships based on financial accountability and transparency.
At Financial Access, Daniele will oversee all aspects of finance and he is looking forward to being part of the team to help grow the business.
Daniele holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Venice in Italy.
Muthoni is a business leader passionate about transforming lives and improving quality of life through financial inclusion and sustainable agriculture by leveraging on use of technology and digital transformation
Before joining LendXS, Muthoni actively managed transformative projects and businesses within the telecommunications industry at Safaricom PLC and Roamtech Solutions and Financial services (FinTech) space across several African countries at Interswitch group.
She has a BSC in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and BSC Compsci and an MBA – Strategic Management from The University of Nairobi. She’s a chartered project manager, a Lean Six Sigma practitioner and a certified systems auditor. She brought on board business management, project management, operations excellence, customer obsession mindset and digital transformation agenda.
Ciira is the developer in the LendXS agile cross-functional product development team. In collaboration with other team members, he is involved in user requirements refinement, code implementation, testing, and quality assurance. His technical, agile skills and customer-focused approach ensure that the product team frequently delivers the right product.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Kenyatta University.
Simeon is passionate about financial inclusion through digital transformation, and believes that with the right data-driven approach we can rapidly close the gap between investors and smallholder farmers, thereby strengthening the global agricultural supply chains and ultimately contributing to food security and poverty alleviation.
Prior to LendXS, Simeon worked in grant finance and grant management for an international NGO, managing an EU-funded programme and contributing to the financial and operational soundness of the overall grant portfolio. His interest for the developing context and his enthusiasm for financial data sparked during his time at university.
Simeon attained a BSc in development economics and a MSc in political science focusing on financial decision-making in a complex political environment.