Board of Directors

Ismail Ahmed,

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,


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,, 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 Nelis,

Accel Partners

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 Langdon,

LeapFrog Investments

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.

John Locke,

Accel Partners

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.

Paul Vogel,

Non-Executive Director and Head of Audit Committee

Paul Vogel joined the WorldRemit board as Non-Executive Director and Head of Audit Committee in 2020.

He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Spotify where he oversees accounting, corporate development, FP&A, internal audit, treasury and investor relations. Prior to becoming CFO, Paul held various roles at Spotify most recently VP and Head of FP&A, Treasury and IR. Before joining Spotify, Paul spent nearly 20 years in finance and investment research at leading institutions, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Internet and Media research at Barclays. 

He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Davies,

CEO, Allica Bank

Richard is a leader in SME banking and fintech, having spent the last two decades working with UK banks and the fastest growing fintechs. He is the CEO of Allica Bank, a digital challenger bank focused on SMEs, and NED at WorldRemit. Previously he was the group COO at Revolut, as the company expanded from 5 million to 15 million customers and launched in a number of new markets. At OakNorth he developed the business model, technology, and regulatory licence application as the inaugural CEO. In large banks, he has been TSB’s Commercial Banking Director, and COO for HSBC’s UK Commercial Bank.

Melissa Birge,

Independent Non-Executive Director

Melissa is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Kayak Software Corporation, and previously was the Vice President of Finance, at Potbelly Sandwich Works, LLC. Melissa is also Founder of Mia Tango, an online maternity boutique.

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