• Team Backdrop

    We're on a mission to connect your cause to the people who care the most.

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    Kevin Kaburu


    Kevin is a versatile marketer who thrives in creativity to create positive experiences and results. He has with him over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications and currently is the East African Marketing Director at Tala, a technology enabled micro-lending platform.


    Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a diploma in Marketing Communications from Daystar University. He is also an Alumni of the Strathmore Business School PMD program.

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    Samy Ghannam

    Co-Founder & Director

    Samy is a seasoned investment banker and passionate photographer. Prior to setting up Backdrop, he was managing the Capital Market Advisory desk of Genghis Capital.


    Samy had previously worked for global investment banks (Proparco, BNP Paribas, Rothschild & Co.), and ventured into various entrepreneurial initiatives.


    He holds a Master in Science of Management from EM Lyon Business School.

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    Stanley Gabriel

    Non Executive Director

    Stanley is the Head of Innovation and Strategy in Old Mutual South Africa’s Personal Finance business unit where he is also responsible for the division’s digital business.


    He joined Old Mutual in 2006 within Old Mutual Healthcare where he was employed as an Actuarial Specialist. Stanley has a wealth of managerial experience in the strategic delivery of business requirements and goals.


    A B.Sc graduate of the University of Cape Town, Stanley has also completed a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques from the Institute of Actuaries (UK).

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    Ronak Raj Shah

    Advisor to the Board

    Ronak is currently heading the wealth management arm of Atlas Financial Group, Kenya.


    With over 8years of banking experience, Ronak has worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank Kenya and Stanbic Bank Kenya.


    Since a young age when he directed a very successful school play, Ronak has always developed a keen eye for visual arts and content.


    He holds a first class in Bsc(Hons) in Economics and Statistics at the prestigious UCL, London complemented with a Msc Finance from Imperial Business School.