Ismail Ahmed, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ismail Ahmed

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.

Iain Balchin, Interim Group Chief Financial Officer

Iain Balchin

Iain Balchin is responsible for leading WorldRemit’s financial decision-making and accelerating the company’s global growth strategy.

An accomplished FTSE 100 Finance Director and Group CFO, Iain has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience, most recently as Group CFO Interim at Wizink Bank, St James Place Wealth Management and Ascot Lloyd Financial Services.

Iain brings to the company a wide range of international experience from SMEs to multinational corporates. He is an alumni of the Deloitte Future FTSE CFO program and is CIMA qualified.

Russ Thornton, Chief Technology Officer

Russ Thornton

As Chief Technology Officer for WorldRemit, Russ leads the 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.

Alice Newton-Rex, Chief Product Officer

Alice Newton-Rex

Alice leads the product and product design teams to design and launch innovative products and features that meet the needs of WorldRemit customers across the globe.

Prior to joining WorldRemit, Alice led a product team for GOV.UK, the single point of access for UK government services and information. She has also worked in mobile health for the GSMA and Sana group at MIT.

She holds a double first in Classics at the University of Cambridge and was a Henry Fellow at Harvard University.

Alex O’Shaughnessy, Chief Marketing Officer

Alex O’Shaughnessy

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 Commercial Officer

 Tamer El-Emary

Tamer heads up WorldRemit’s commercial and business development teams, 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.

Brion Nazzaro, Group Compliance Director and Managing Director for North America

Brion Nazzaro

Brion leads WorldRemit’s global compliance functions and oversees customer growth and business relationships in North America.

He has 15 years’ experience as a compliance officer, specialising in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, anti-bribery and corruption, consumer protection, fraud, and compliance audit. Previously, Brion was the Chief Compliance and BSA Officer at NBH Bank, N.A.

Brion holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Caroline Martin, VP of People

Caroline Martin

Caroline is responsible for ensuring WorldRemit recruits and retains world-class talent in a high-performance environment.

With over 20 years of international HR experience, Caroline specialises in building teams in high growth scale-ups. Caroline’s most recent role was as the Senior Director of Human Resources at NetSuite where her team led the business through hypergrowth to acquisition by Oracle. During her time at NetSuite, the company won a number of ‘Employer of Choice’ awards.

Caroline holds an MBA from Ealing Business School (now University of West London) and is also CIPD-qualified.

Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for Middle East & Africa

Andrew Stewart

Andrew is responsible for expanding WorldRemit’s business in the Middle East and Africa through customer growth, product evolution and building relationships with partners across the regions.

Previously a Senior Executive at American Express, Andrew brings to the company over 18 years’ experience in accelerating business growth in the financial services and payments industry. He holds in-depth knowledge of payment innovation, business expansion, change management and delivering growth initiatives.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Marketing & Business Management from the Port Elizabeth Technikon in South Africa.

Michael Liu, Managing Director for Asia-Pacific

Michael Liu

Michael is responsible for commercial activities and business development in Asia Pacific, leading a team of commercial executives in key jurisdictions in the region.

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and brings in-depth knowledge of strategies for business growth and delivering shareholder value. Previously, he was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank in Australia.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

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