Senior Management Team


Gustaf Agartson

CEO

Gustaf has been CEO at BIMA since the company’s formation. He has played a hands-on role in transforming BIMA from a small pilot scheme, into a high-growth, international business. 

Gustaf Agartson previously worked in management roles at the pan-European telecommunications company Tele2, including positions as Mobile Product Manager for Tele2 Netherlands and Head of Controlling for the Tele2 Global Sales and Marketing unit. 

Gustaf holds a masters from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Stockholm Business School.

Mathilda Ström

Deputy CEO & Head of Business Development

Mathilda joined BIMA in 2011. As Head of Business Development, Mathilda is instrumental in driving BIMA's rapid expansion, as well as overseeing the development of new partnerships and products. Mathilda is acknowledged as an expert in the field of mobile delivered services and is a champion for the microinsurance industry worldwide.  

Before joining BIMA, Mathilda worked for Value Partners (formerly Spectrum Strategy Consultants), where she gained vast experience in developing corporate strategy and managing complex projects within the Telecoms and Media sectors. 

Mathilda holds a BSc in International Management with American Business Studies from the Manchester Business School.

Ola Johnsson

CFO

Ola joined BIMA in 2014. As CFO he is responsible for finance across the business as well as managing investor relations, legal, risk & compliance and internal audit.

Ola Johnsson has five years of experience in senior finance and controlling roles, mainly with the international entertainment group Modern Times Group. Most recently, Ola served as Group Business Controller for the listed Swedish e-retailer CDON Group. 

He holds an MSc in Business Administration from Lund University.

Anurag Dod

CTO

Anurag joined BIMA as CTO in 2016.
Prior to BIMA he founded a company called AdIQuity that was later acquired by Flipkart. Anurag has also founded the search engine company Guruji.com.
Anurag holds a MS in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Delhi.

Paddy Partridge

Regional Manager Africa

Paddy has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our African markets. 

Paddy has considerable emerging markets experience from his previous roles with Aureos Capital and working with the UK Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Paddy was also a director of an international FMCG e-commerce business with offices in UK and Ireland, and is a founding director of a social enterprise operating in East Africa.

Paddy holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA (Hons) from Trinity College Dublin.

Puay-Lim Yeo

Regional Manager South East Asia

Puay Lim has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our South East Asian markets. 

Puay Lim Yeo has five years of experience in management consulting, specialising in the Telecoms and Media sectors. Prior to joining BIMA, he was a senior consultant at Value Partners (formerly known as Spectrum Strategy Consultants) and Analysys Mason, advising telecoms and media operators in Asia in the areas of corporate strategy, product development, technology, distribution and regulation. He also previously worked in the Singapore Government in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Puay Lim holds a B.A in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City. 

Harish Karakoti

Regional Manager South Asia

Harish has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our South Asian markets. 

Harish joined BIMA as the Country Manager for Bangladesh, building our local operation. Prior to joining BIMA, Harish worked in technology consulting where he led cross-functional teams across geographies and managed product development initiatives in the telecommunications sector. 

Harish holds a Bachelor in Information Sciences from University of Delhi and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York. 

Diego CASTANEDA

Regional Manager Latin America

Diego has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our Latin American markets.

Diego has previous experience working as a project manager and consultant in Latin America and the U.S. Prior to joining BIMA, Diego worked for Xerox Business Services as a project manager forGlobal Service Operations and Engineering managing projects and engagements throughout the U.S. He also previously worked as a project consultant for Pantaleon Sugar Holdings supporting the company’s international expansion throughout Central America. 


Diego holds an MBA from IE Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas.

Marie Kyle

Head of Product Development & Innovation

Marie provides strategic direction for BIMA's new product design and development. She also supports implementation and roll out of new products within local markets. 

Marie joined BIMA from CDC Group, the UK government’s development finance institution, supporting the launch of new private equity funds across Africa. She has extensive experience in management consulting, development finance, and the nonprofit sector. Marie's previous roles include positions at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia, and with the internationalconsulting group Bain & Company in Chicago. 

Marie holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

SARA VARDA ST. VINCENT

CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

Sara is Chief Legal Officer at BIMA.

Before joining BIMA, Sara was a senior associate at Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling, where she specialised in investments and telecom. During her eight years at the law firm, Sara was seconded as legal counsel to Nordax Finans and Telenor. Sara has extensive experience in M&A, corporate commercial and companies law.

Sara holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Stockholm University and Université Aix-Marseille and a Diploma in practical journalism from Poppius School of Journalism.

Business Development & Marketing


Mathilda Ström

Deputy CEO & Head of Business Development

Mathilda joined BIMA in 2011. As Head of Business Development, Mathilda is instrumental in driving BIMA's rapid expansion, as well as overseeing the development of new partnerships and products. Mathilda is acknowledged as an expert in the field of mobile delivered services and is a champion for the microinsurance industry worldwide.  

Before joining BIMA, Mathilda worked for Value Partners (formerly Spectrum Strategy Consultants), where she gained vast experience in developing corporate strategy and managing complex projects within the Telecoms and Media sectors. 

Mathilda holds a BSc in International Management with American Business Studies from the Manchester Business School.

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Katerina Kyrilli

Business Development Africa

Katerina is responsible for defining and executing our expansion strategy across Africa. 

Katerina has seven years consulting and senior management experience in the field of development finance and business development in emerging markets. Previous roles include positions as a consultant for the European Commission, the African Development Bank, the United Nations and Development Finance International. She spent two years in East Africa focusing on strategy development and project management, supervising multi-stakeholder projects across the continent. She has co-founded initiatives looking into the expansion of financial and other services to the BoP. 

Katerina holds an MBA from INSEAD and an M.A. in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Yiling Cheah

Business Development Asia & Caribbean

Yiling is responsible for defining and executing our expansion strategy in Asia and the Caribbean. 

Before joining BIMA, Yiling was a consultant at Oliver Wyman and Macquarie Group, where she gained significant experience in emerging markets and microfinance. Yiling has worked on projects for institutions in Gambia, Senegal, Costa Rica and Ghana.

Yiling has a BC in Actuarial Sciences and Finance from the University of NSW (with an exchange at Wharton) and an MPA ID from LSE.

Eliseo Haro

Business Development Latin America

Eliseo is Business Development Manager at BIMA for Latin American Markets. Before joining BIMA, Eliseo has formerly launched innovative projects in Latam, US and Europe.

Eliseo has formerly launched innovative projects in Latam, US and Europe.
Eliseo has also previously worked for 2 ½ years as a strategic consultant at BCG, and is experienced in M&A and valuation due diligences from independent projects.
Trained in consumer research techniques, Eliseo uses them to help him understand client’s motivations and triggers before approaching a new market or endeavor.


Eliseo holds an MBA from MIT, a Master’s Degree on Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor in Law. Among other awards and scholarships, Eliseo is recipient of Startup Chile, Caja Madrid Foundation, ICADE’s Business Club, Madrid Government Excellence Scholarship and Carlos III Excellence Award.

Additionally Eliseo is actively involved with spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship as a way to fight poverty. He participates in various projects with Endeavor and other charity organizations.

Nicola Smith

Head of Communications

Nicky provides strategic direction for Communications and research across the group.

Nicky has eight years experience working in financial services and tech, with a focus on emerging markets and microfinance. She spent seven years with MHP Communications working across a range of PR, investor comms, insight and research briefs. 

Nicky holds a Bsc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Ren Hooi

Asia Partnership Manager

Ren is responsible for driving our partnership expansion in Asia.

Prior to joining BIMA, Ren worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, where she was involved with projects in the telecommunications and consumer products sectors within Southeast Asia. She has experiences with nonprofits and social enterprises in various markets, including The Rockefeller Foundation in New York and Off.Grid:Electric, a renewable energy startup in Tanzania. Ren also worked on sales strategy and customer loyalty at Starwood Hotels.

Ren holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Wharton.

Ursula Villemsone

Office Manager

Ursula joined BIMA in late 2014. As Office Manager, she ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the London office. Her responsibilities range from  financial and administrative functions, to managing supplier relationships and supporting the marketing team.

Before joining BIMA, Ursula was an Executive Assistant within the Building Management department of a privately owned property group in Mayfair.

Ursula holds a BSc in Media, Communications & Society from the University of Leicester.

Finance & Legal Team


Ola Johnsson

CFO

Ola joined BIMA in 2014. As CFO he is responsible for finance across the business as well as managing investor relations, legal, risk & compliance and internal audit.

Ola Johnsson has five years of experience in senior finance and controlling roles, mainly with the international entertainment group Modern Times Group. Most recently, Ola served as Group Business Controller for the listed Swedish e-retailer CDON Group. 

He holds an MSc in Business Administration from Lund University.

David Badower

Group Financial Controller

David joined the company in 2015. David supports the work of the CFO and has responsibility for group accounting and consolidation of all subsidiaries.

David has ten years of experience in finance and controlling. After starting his career in Deloitte in Paris as auditor and then consultant, he joined the the leader of pay TV in France Canal+ Group, as Internal auditor, working on different financial and operational projects. Before joining BIMA in Stockholm, David worked  two years as Group Operational Controller in the Netherlands (in Applus RTD).

David holds a Master in Science of Management from the French Business School ESSEC.

Sara Varda St. Vincent

Chief Legal Officer

Sara is Chief Legal Officer at BIMA.

Before joining BIMA, Sara was a senior associate at Swedish law firm Mannheimer Swartling, where she specialised in investments and telecom. During her eight years at the law firm, Sara was seconded as legal counsel to Nordax Finans and Telenor. Sara has extensive experience in M&A, corporate commercial and companies law.

Sara holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Stockholm University and Université Aix-Marseille and a Diploma in practical journalism from Poppius School of Journalism.

Niklas Berglund

Strategic Business Analyst

Niklas Berglund joined the BIMA's central finance team as Strategic Business Analyst.

Niklas has previously worked as Engagement Manager (and Financial Consultant) at SkySparc, a boutique financial consultancy firm. In his last role as Engagement Manager he acted as project manager and was responsible for sales activities with corporate treasury departments, asset managers, banks and central banks.

Niklas holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management and a B.Sc in Mathematics from Linkoping University.

Maria Knutsson

Management Trainee

Maria is working as a Management Trainee at the Stockholm office and is responsible for a number of projects. Before joining BIMA, Maria worked as a business developer in a project called WaterWeave, with the aim of bringing a new textile-based water purification system to the market.

Maria holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business Development.

Technical Team


Balaji JAYAVELU

Head of Development

Balaji has over 8 years experience developing solutions for telecoms and finance companies. His previous roles include lead designer for JP Morgan Chase Bank's Master Card payment solution, a senior development role building Raiffeisen bank's core banking solution as well as designing a computational framework for scientists at Boehringer Ingelheim, Austria.

Balaji is a certified TOGAF practitioner holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Information Technology engineering from VTU, Bangalore.

UJJWAL MOHAN

Head of Technical Support

Ujjwal joined BIMA in July 2014 as Head of Technical Support.

Ujjwal has a strong background in managing large teams to deliver a range of IT operational support functions. Before BIMA, Ujjwal worked as India Operations Manager for the Central Compliance & Controls unit at IBM.

Ujjwal is also a PRINCE2, ITIL, ISO 20K and Six Sigma LEAN certified professional. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Bharathiar University.

Bharath Holla

Head of Business Analysis

Bharath has over 8 years of IT experience in creating and developing next-generation solutions in Healthcare, Insurance and Telecom companies.

He worked as senior BA, solution designer and lead developer in various web, mobile and middleware integration projects. His profile includes projects with Emdeon Inc. in designing their proprietary Revenue Cycle Solution healthcare project; with MVP Healthcare and Connecture in designing the ObamaCare implementation project in NY and VT States of America. He was also a core team member in the initial tech implementation of BIMA's MIP solution in few of the African and South Asian markets.

Bharath holds a Bachelor degree in Information Science and Engineering from VTU, Bangalore.

Harshendra Kumar

Head of Business Intelligence

Harshendra has over 12 years of extensive experience in developing BI solutions and web applications for telecom companies. His previous roles include lead architect for the BI implementation for Tigo Tanzania, Lead BI developer for BI solution in Millicom, Luxembourg as well lead developer for web applications developed in ASP.NET for Tigo Tanzania and AXA group services, Bangalore.

Harshendra is a certified SQL server and ASP.NET professional holds a MSc degree in Information Science from Mangalore University

Smrutirekha Nayak

Head of Quality Assurance

Smrutirekha joined BIMA in 2014 from Hewlett Packard, Bangalore as a QA Lead, having 10+ yrs. progressive and diversified IT experience in Product Development Companies & IT Service Companies in delivering Business Critical applications Quality services & solutions for various Industrial Sectors including Banking, Mobile, Telecommunication and Insurance
She has strong proficiency in Project management, Test management, Test consulting, Budgeting, Telecom products and solutions, Leadership and team building, Test processes and methodologies, testing centers of excellence, Presales, change, release management and Thought leadership.

Operations


An Nguyen

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGER

An is responsible for driving operational improvements and best practices across our African markets, with an additional focus on our global markets for core strategic initiatives.

An brings a depth of experience to the role in strategy, operational improvement, project and change management from his time at The Boston Consulting Group. He has also worked across a range of developing markets in South-East Asia and Africa. Previous roles include impact investing at Acumen, and various fintech start-ups across Australia and the UK.

An has an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor in Commerce (Hon) from the University of Melbourne.

Human Resources


Craig Fergusson

GLOBAL HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Craig joined BIMA in August 2016 to develop the HR strategy and its implementation. He joins us from the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association where he was an Associate Director, designing and delivering an end-to-end HR function across multiple geographies and managing a small team. Prior to this he was HR manager with the Carbon Trust, having spent some time as a head-hunter in quantitative finance & asset management. Craig started his career in finance as a technology, media & telecommunications (TMT) marketing analyst at FOR Securities, a small Financial Services boutique, following time in New York working in biotech M&A as a technical analyst while studying.

Craig has a BSc & PhD in Chemistry, a PGCert in International Business and more recently an MSc in Human Resources & Development

Product Development & Innovation team


Marie Kyle

HEAD OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION

Marie provides strategic direction for BIMA's new product design and development. She also supports implementation and roll out of new products within local markets.

Marie joined BIMA from CDC Group, the UK government’s development finance institution, supporting the launch of new private equity funds across Africa. She has extensive experience in management consulting, development finance, and the nonprofit sector. Marie's previous roles include positions at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia, and with the internationalconsulting group Bain & Company in Chicago.

Marie holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jose Martin

Global Health Manager

Jose joined BIMA in 2016 as Global Health Manager.

Before joining BIMA, Jose started out his career as a practicing clinician in Spain, where he founded his own network of healthcare clinics before joining McKinsey as a health sector practice expert. He’s joining us from Telefonica where he was most recently a director on their global eHealth team.

Jose holds a MD from the School of Medicine at the University Complutense and an MBA from Kellogg.