Tunde Kehinde is a seasoned emerging markets entrepreneur, the co-founder of Jumia Nigeria, Africa’s first unicorn (publicly listed on the NYSE) and Africa Courier Express. Tundemost recently co-founded Lidya: a digital fintech lender which allows small business owners in emerging markets to access credit and build a credit rating for the first time. Lidya has disbursed ~11,000 loans in Nigeria and just expanded into Eastern Europe in October 2019 – a rare example of a company which started in Africa and has now launched into Europe with its world-class tech solution to a global problem. Lidya has raised close to $10 million and is backed by blue-chip international investors including Omidyar Network, Accion, Bamboo Capital, Newid, Alitheia and Goodwell Investments.
Tunde has been called ‘The Jeff Bezos of Africa’ by the BBC and C2 Montreal. He speaks passionately about what needs to be done to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create wealth, in turn supporting economic diversification. Tunde graduated in Finance with honors from Howard University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.