Ismail Ahmed, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Catherine Wines, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Catherine is responsible for WorldRemit’s corporate governance, global compliance and licensing. She is also in charge of the company’s rapidly expanding regional operations.
A qualified accountant, she has extensive commercial experience in the money transfer industry and was one of WorldRemit’s founding members.
Previously, Catherine was Operations and Regional Director for the UK, Ireland and Benelux at Travelex Money Transfer which was subsequently bought by Coinstar. She has served on the board of the Universe Group, a publicly listed company where she was also Managing Director of the currency division.
Ian Cole, Group Chief Financial Officer
Ian Cole leads financial operations at WorldRemit where he is charged with accelerating growth and helping the business maximise its potential.
He has more than 15 years of financial leadership experience in the technology industry, most recently as CFO of Bookatable, StepStone and SmartFocus.
Ian brings deep expertise in equity and debt funding, acquisitions and delivering shareholder value. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Russ Thornton, Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer for WorldRemit, Russ leads our engineering team in developing and running world class technology.
He brings a vast amount of digital expertise to the company, with more than 27 years’ experience delivering global IT solutions. His most recent role was Chief Digital Officer for Aegon UK.
Russ holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Alex O’Shaughnessy, Chief Marketing Officer
Alex leads the marketing and communications teams at WorldRemit, helping deliver brand value, strategic planning and an improved customer experience.
He brings more than 18 years’ marketing experience to the role, having worked in both domestic and international markets. Before joining WorldRemit, Alex led a highly successful team at William Hill as the Group Chief Marketing Officer, having joined the company as Head of UK Marketing in 2008.
Alex holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business, Marketing and E-commerce from the University of Liverpool.
Tamer El-Emary, Chief Partnership Officer
Tamer heads up WorldRemit’s business development team, and is responsible for driving global growth and strategic alliance activity.
A seasoned global business development executive, Tamer has more than 20 years of experience delivering accelerated growth and increased revenue performance; most recently as SVP & Group Head at MasterCard and prior to that in various leadership roles at American Express.
Tamer holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from Tufts University.
Brion Nazzaro, Group Compliance Director and Chief Compliance Officer USA
Brion’s job is to ensure that WorldRemit’s US operation is complying with all State and Federal laws governing money transfer services. He also oversees security processes used to stop misuse of WorldRemit.
Previously, Brion was Chief Compliance and BSA Officer at NBH Bank, NA. He has also worked for Western Union, TD Bank and American National Bank. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Fraud Examiner and Regulatory Compliance Manager.
Brion holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Michael Liu, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific
Michael is responsible for business development, customer growth and building relationships with partners in Asia Pacific. Michael has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and brings in-depth knowledge of strategies for business expansion and delivering shareholder value
Previously, he was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in Australia. Michael also has previous and current Board roles, including with financial services and technology companies.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in Australia.