Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
For Ismail, founding WorldRemit was the culmination of 20 years’ experience in the money transfer industry - spanning academic, consulting and in-house roles. Before setting-up his own business, he worked for the United Nations Remittance Programme, helping African money transfer companies comply with tough anti-money laundering rules introduced after the 9/11 attacks.
Ismail has published widely-cited research on the effect of remittances in Somaliland following the country’s civil war.
He holds an MSc and PhD from the University of London and an Executive MBA from London Business School.
Jonathan Addis OBE,
Independent Non-Executive Director
Jon is a board level international banker with 30 years’ experience. His expertise includes corporate governance, operational management, internal audit, commercial lending, trade finance and relationship management.
Previously Jon was the Chief Operating Officer at HSBC Asia Pacific. He has lived and worked in a number of countries, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Switzerland and the United States.
Jon has an MA in History from the University of Cambridge and was awarded an OBE for services to UK Trade and Investment in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
John Doran is a General Partner in London and a founding member of TCV’s European investment efforts. He focuses on investments in the software, internet, and fintech sectors. John’s current investments include Believe, Brillen.de, NewVoiceMedia, Perfecto, TourRadar, The Pracuj Group, and WorldRemit. John was previously an investor at Summit Partners, where he specialised in investments in software, the internet, and financial technology. John started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and later moved to New York.
John left his native Ireland more than 20 years ago and has lived and worked in the U.S, Asia and now Europe. Prior to joining the investment world, John competed on the men’s ATP Tennis Tour and was a member of the Irish Davis Cup team between 1996 and 2004. John received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Harvard College.
Harry joined Accel in 2004 and invests in early and late-stage Internet and software companies. He has led many high-profile investments in addition to WorldRemit, including the travel-booking site KAYAK, German price comparison site Check24, the investment platform Funding Circle.
KAYAK went public on NASDAQ in July 2012 and was bought by Priceline in May 2013 for more than $2bn. Harry was ranked as one of technology’s top venture investors on Forbes’ annual Midas List. He was a member of the World Economic Forum and served on the Selection Committee of the WEF Technology Pioneers Programme for many years.
Harry holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Stewart leads investments in LeapFrog’s priority markets in South Asia. He co-led LeapFrog’s landmark investments in Shriram, WorldRemit, Mahindra, BIMA and SMK.
Stewart has 15 years' experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, debt raisings and restructurings.
Before joining LeapFrog, he worked at Rothschild for six years in London and Dubai. He specialised in the insurance, banking and telecom sectors and worked throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Stewart chairs the Asia Scotland Institute’s Business Advisory Council. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in law from the University of Aberdeen.
Catherine co-founded WorldRemit in 2010, convinced that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world. Her current board responsibilities focus on corporate governance and compliance. She represents the company with keynote appearances at major conferences and in the international media, talking on fintech, innovation and women in business.
A qualified accountant, she has extensive international experience and deep knowledge of the money transfer industry. She has held a number of previous corporate leadership roles. At Coinstar Money Transfer, she was a regional director, actively involved in scaling up the business the UK, Ireland and Benelux.
Catherine is a member of the Institute of Directors and the professional accountancy body, ACCA. She served on the UK governments’ Remittances Task Force established by DFID between 2006 and 2009.
John Locke joined Accel in 2010 and helps lead the firm’s growth fund.
He focuses on consumer and SaaS companies. John is the lead investor and board member in SeatGeek, GoFundMe, Lightspeed, WyzAnt, Invoice2Go, Pond5, QMC Telecom, and The Zebra.
John also works on Accel's investments in Algolia, CrowdStrike, Monzo, RiskRecon, WorldRemit, and Tenable (where he served on the board prior to IPO). He formerly led investments in Lightspeed (acquired by CDPQ), Braintree/Venmo (acquired by PayPal), and OzForex (public).
John grew up in Ashland, Ohio and graduated from Princeton.