Kalin Radev, CEO
Kalin brings more than 20 years of professional experience in IT, over 15 of which in financial inclusion, banking and microfinance. He has extensive international experience leading strategic projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin America. His expertise has been crucial for carrying out more than 100 projects around the globe, focused on developing IT strategies and designing solutions that accelerate financial inclusion and enhance efficiency. Kalin is Chairman of the Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber, as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Microfinance Center (MFC) and Endeavor Bulgaria.
Russell Taylor, Chief Commercial Officer
Russell is an accomplished executive with solid knowledge and experience in the banking and technology industry. He has worked for more than 20 years in Retail Financial Service delivery and Information Technology consulting and management, in both developed and emerging markets, with extensive experience in North America, Latin America, Africa, CEE countries, Central Asia and the Caribbean. Russell carries specific industry knowledge of micro-banking, SME, and niche players who offer solutions to expand access to technology and services in mass markets.
Geraldine O’Keeffe, Chief Innovations Officer
Geraldine is passionate about financial inclusion and is inspired to help institutions leverage technology to achieve efficiency, scale and increase outreach. In the last 18 years, Geraldine has completed numerous consultancy assignments and hundreds of successful software implementation projects accelerating digital transformation for a range of different financial service providers (FSPs). As head of Product Management at Software Group, Geraldine stays in touch with the market at all times to identify FSPs’ needs, advise them on their digital strategy, and help build new products and solutions.
Pierre Kande, Chief Technology Officer
Pierre brings over 20 years of strategic experience delivering successful products to market and leading enterprise technology initiatives, teams and organizations. Prior to joining Software Group, he was responsible for enterprise architecture strategy planning in different organizations. He has extensive experience in successfully increasing operational efficiency through technology utilization, and coordinating innovation strategies. Pierre carries specific industry technology knowledge on platform architecture, security, cloud computing, project management, distributed computing, big data, and data analytics.
Lucija Popovska, Chief Operations Officer
Lucija is a seasoned international development management professional with over 15 years of experience in managing operations across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has been focused on housing and housing micro-finance, capital mobilization, new product development and market entries, as well as complex integrated solutions targeting the bottom of the pyramid. Lucija has extensive experience in development management and multi-stakeholder relations, from different type of organizations among which not-for-profits, governments, corporates and financial institutions. In 2018 she was elected for Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Microfinance Centre (MFC).
Georgi Yanchev, Chief Financial Officer
Georgi has over 10 years of senior management experience in the financial area including financial management, business consulting, mergers and acquisitions, investment management, financial control and audit. His recent roles prior to joining Software Group include CFO of a fintech company and audit manager in one of top ranked audit and consulting companies in the world. He has a vast exposure in various industries including IT development, the financial industry, consulting, energy, manufacturing and holding companies.
Bozhana Marinova, Chief Human Resources Officer
Bozhana has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resource Management. Seasoned in recruitment and selection, training and career development, performance appraisal, policy development and implementation, internal communication and regulatory compliance amongst other related roles, she has worked in the Telecom, Banking and Software Development industries. Prior to joining Software Group Bozhana held various HR managerial positions with one of the top 5 banks in Bulgaria where she was involved in the overall manpower planning process as well as a key HR role with a leading multinational full service web development and design agency where she established the HR function from scratch.
Tunde Oladele, Managing Director of SG NewTech
Tunde Oladele is a seasoned IT professional and entrepreneur with vast experience in core banking system deployment, digital transformation, and project management. His major expertise is in solutions addressing needs in areas such as Inclusive Banking, Core Banking, Credit Risk Management, Digital Banking, and Fraud mitigation. Tunde has lead diverse teams and businesses in emerging economies on the path to digital transformation. His experience also includes managing tech companies in their strategy to deliver IT solutions for banks worldwide. As a Head of the African region and the global microfinance business for an international conglomerate, Tunde collaborated with banks and microfinance institutions in emerging markets to deploy and adapt relevant technology solutions to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Lagos and participated in Advanced Management Programme from EISE Barcelona.