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zuulu Financial Services SA is a fintech startup. Our vision is to establish the Premier Open Platform for Digital Financial Services in Africa by enabling financial inclusion and the gradual formalization of the informal economy through new business models. Our approach is built around four key principles

Samba Diallo
CEO & Founder

Samba founded zuulu Holding in Vienna, Austria in 2014 and zuulu Financial Services in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. Prior to zuulu, Samba was Europe IT Vice-President at Western Union. Samba also held several positions at BAWAG, a Vienna based bank and Accenture. Samba holds a degree in German Studies from the University of Dakar and a master in Information Technology from the Vienna University of Technology. Samba is based in Vienna, Montreal and Dakar.

Jan Hillered
Co-Founder

An international business leader and entrepreneur, Jan was previously SVP Europe and CIS at Western Union, the NYSE listed global leader in Money Transfer. Before Western Union Jan held several senior banking positions at ING Bank International and Nordea Bank. Jan holds a BA degree from the Uppsala University, Sweden and is based in Vienna.

Julie Grenier

Julie has extensive global experience in leading and guiding successful organization development and enterprise transformation. Julie held several positions in IT, operations, and change management at Alcan (Canada, France, Switzerland), at BAWAG PSK bank (Austria), and as entrepreneur and strategic advisor. Julie holds a BA Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, and is based in Montreal.

Umesh Maini

Umesh is a profit growth strategist contributing to the evolution of payments through product innovation, consumer experience management, integrated marketing and creating winning Go-To Market plans. Prior to zuulu Umesh held the position of VP Marketing Europe at Western Union. Umesh was earlier responsible for incubating Nokia Mobile Payment deployments across Europe, Middle East Africa and Asia. Umesh holds a Bachelor in Engineering from the university of Poona, India and an MBA in marketing from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. He is based in Toronto.

Chalapathi Rao Immidi

Chalapathi has a strong background in Digital and Mobile Financial and Telecom Industries. He is the founder of Avanthika, a consulting firm that supports Service providers and technology companies on the Digital Financial Services, Telecom, Banking and Financial sectors. As previous Head of International Business Development at mFino , a leading mobile money technology provider, Chalapathi has led several mobile money deployments in Africa and Asia. Chalapathi holds MBA and is based in Hyderabad, India.