Chief Executive Officer
Shiraz Jessa is the founder of Bibimoney Global Limited. Shiraz, passionately believes that it is only through financial inclusion for the un-banked and under-banked that one can achieve reduction in poverty and long term economic growth.
Shiraz was born in Tanzania and moved to the UK with his father at the age of ten. Shiraz studied computer science and has worked in their family businesses. These involved retailing electronic components, IT and IT solutions, IT support services, web design and development, internet service provider services, telecoms and property and property development.
Shiraz was instrumental in building an early fully automated e-commerce transaction solution, including a bespoke configurator. Shiraz sat on the Confederation of British Industries’ e-commerce Board and was one of the early Directors at TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), an entrepreneurs’ association, providing mentoring and networking opportunities.
Lord St John has been a member of the House of Lords of the UK Parliament since 1978 and is currently Deputy Chairman of Strand Hanson Ltd., Non-Executive Chairman of Global Resources Investment Trust, a member of the Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Bank, Non-Executive Director of Albion Ventures LLP, Chairman of the Governing Board of Certification International and holds advisory roles with Milio International, Contech Global, Global Oil Shale and ABN Corporation.
Lord St John received a BA and a BSocSc in Psychology from Cape Town University, a BProc in Law from the University of South Africa and an LLM from the London School of Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Bibimoney, Debbie was a partner with Deloitte. She has worked in the UK and African practices of Deloitte for the last two decades and was Head of the Metals & Mining Team and latterly Head of the Africa Services Group. She was a lead partner on the Deloitte Growth Escalator programme, where she mentored CEOs from all industries on emerging market strategy, particularly in Africa. She has held a number of Board positions including Chair of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) UK Board, the International representative on the SAICA full board and a member of the Advisory Board to the South African Chamber of Commerce and Education Africa and a non-executive director of Firestone Diamonds plc. She was also a member of the UKTI Sub-Saharan African Taskforce and the Africa Advisory Board of CityUK.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and an Honours degree in Accounting from the University of South Africa.
Chief Technology Officer
Alexander has worked in the IT industry on both the service-side to client side since 2003.
He is an experienced programmer and product delivery specialist, proficient in multiple programming languages and paradigms. (C, C++, C#, PHP, Bash, ActionScript, Java)
Alex has extensive, demonstrable knowledge and experience of building and designing full scale multi-tiered professional applications, from back-end all the way through to front end delivery. He also has broad experience working with data centres, both locally and remote (Cloud based services) from full networking to application development.
His disciplines have ranged from the teaching of ICT, product development, running a consultancy business to full stack development for large retailers and service industry leaders.
President: Global Partnerships
President: Global Partnerships
Martin leads the bibimoney global deployment team, working closely with our primary partners, governments and regulators across EMEA. A very strategic, greenfield market, business development specialist, he consistently gets results in difficult markets.
He is responsible for ensuring our partners have the right infrastructure and expertise to support our continued growth as a company. His multidisciplinary skills and cross industry experience gives our partners access to a unique and diverse skill set that they tap into during market deployments, client support planning, training and acquisition.
Martin specialises in B2B strategy development, EMEA market building and the successful delivery of our key goals. His global perspective and experience is invaluable to our primary partners whether on a global or local level.
Prior to becoming our President of Global Partnerships, he also established his own strategic consulting agency and lectured in international law and economics at UNSW Global in Sydney.
He has held senior management, strategy and development roles at Fujifilm, Aristocrat Gaming (Europe/Africa) and Unilever.
Head of Group Finance
Head of Group Finance
Carel Stassen heads up bibmoney’s group finance function, including various operational roles and a technology liaison. Prior to joining bibimoney, Carel managed the group external reporting function and looked after complex financial instruments at a top UK based challenger bank. Before that Carel worked at Deloitte for over 5 years. Carel is a Chartered Accountant (SA) (UK) with experience in a array of industries including financial services, banking, retail, technology and real estate. Additional to being an audit manager, he acted as a financial instrument specialist, consulting various forms of complex financial instruments for a number of clients. He also consulted on African mergers and acquisitions for a UK based multinational advisement and public relations group. Carel is also a founding member of a South African based investment firm.
Carel holds a Bachelors and a Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Stellenbosch and is a registered member of the Chartered Accountants Society. He is a member of Mensa, plays multiple instruments and is an Advanced Scuba Diver.
Omair is an experienced advertising and design professional. He has co founded two successful technology startups, a fuel buying software platform for alleviating fuel poverty and a design firm which he helps run. Omair is currently overseeing bibimoneys Design and Communication arm.