Martin Tschopp is CEO of Kiva.org, with a focus on growing the breadth and depth of the organization’s impact around the globe. Martin joined Kiva in 2015, after more than a decade of experience building marketplace and e-commerce businesses in 20 countries, and leading teams both small and large from startup phase through scale up.
Martin honed his expertise during 12 years at eBay, where he held a variety of leadership positions including Vice President and General Manager of eBay Advertising, VP of eBay Germany and GM for Local Classifieds. The GM role involved developing strategies for a dozen different countries including India, China, Japan, Singapore, the U.S. and South Africa.
This international experience in a wide range of markets provides a unique perspective for Kiva’s work, which spans more than 80 countries. Martin was inspired to move into the social good space to help empower individuals, and build strong communities from the bottom up.
He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Premal Shah leads Kiva.org, a website that allows you to lend $25 to the working poor. Since 2005, Kiva lenders have financed over 1 million low-income entrepreneurs from 75 countries, with a 98% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal’s inspiration for Kiva came in 2004. Working for several years at PayPal, he took 2 months off to volunteer in India. There he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can dramatically accelerate opportunity for those most left out. Today with a burgeoning community of 1 million Kiva lenders, this belief becomes more of a reality each day. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named on FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list. Premal is a graduate of Stanford University.
Austin has served as Kiva's General Counsel since July 2008 and brings over 10 years of legal experience working with global high technology companies. He has previously held positions in the legal departments of ArcSight, Inc., InVision Technologies, Inc./GE InVision, Inc., and the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP. He also served as a judicial law clerk at the United States Court of International Trade. Austin holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, where he studied economic development issues, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Lisa joins Kiva with 15 years of fundraising experience working for national and international non-profits. Prior to joining Kiva, Lisa was the Chief Development Officer at Room to Read overseeing a global team responsible for raising the $30MM annual fundraising goal, along with managing their global marketing and PR efforts. Over a five-year period she built the fundraising team from 2 to 26 staff located across 6 offices located throughout the world including Hong Kong, London, Tokyo and New Delhi. Prior to Room to Read, Lisa was the Director of Development for The Food Project, a Boston-based non-profit focused on youth development through sustainable agriculture. She also served as a Major Gifts Officer for The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific Program where she was responsible for raising funds to support the Conservancy's efforts to protect rainforests and coral reefs. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and economics from Tufts University.
Giovanna is responsible for overseeing Kiva's partnerships and regional teams throughout the world. As the Vice President for Global Partnerships she helps to develop Kiva's strategy for growth and expansion with field partners. Giovanna joined Kiva in 2008 as a Partnerships Manager for Central and North America. In particular, Giovanna was responsible for driving Kiva's entry into the US microfinance market in 2009. She then moved on to become the Regional Director for the Americas where she managed the team and portfolio of the region and directed Kiva's strategy in that market. Prior to Kiva, Giovanna worked as a consultant in the technical assistance department at ACCION New York. In that role she was responsible for growing the department while providing one-on-one technical assistance services to entrepreneurs. Giovanna has been passionate about economic development, microfinance, and Latin America for many years. She has worked on community development projects in Mexico and Paraguay, and has done research on the interplay between eco-tourism and economic development in Costa Rica. Giovanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.
Jonny first came to Kiva in 2009 as a volunteer on a 5-month externship from his management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. After 6 years at Oliver Wyman, first in London and then in San Francisco, he joined Kiva full-time in September 2011, to lead the Kiva Zip pilot project. Jonny is married to Ali, who he met at Kiva, and occasionally you may glimpse them cycling their tandem to work. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, where he represented his college at 14 sports (although 3 of these were table football, pool and chess).
Sonali is responsible for increasing and engaging Kiva's lender base by designing new features and flows and collaborating with the Kiva team to bring these to life. She brings a passion for social entrepreneurship combined with 8 years of product management experience. Most recently, Sonali was the Director of Product Management at Transpera, a mobile video advertising company. She has also held senior product and operations roles at VideoEgg, Ripple TV, Google and Autobytel. She is currently on the board of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF). Sonali graduated with a BA from UC Berkeley and completed her MBA at UCLA.
Chelsa was part of the founding team at Kiva in 2005 and was responsible early on for establishing Kiva's global Microfinance Partnerships program where she managed a great deal of relationships with Kiva's Field Partners, primarily in Africa, and oversaw Kiva's Microfinance Operations programs; Inventory Management and Kiva's expansive Fellows Program. Chelsa is currently responsible for leading Kiva's Marketing and Community teams, which includes Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Content Management, Community Engagement and Support. Prior to Kiva, Chelsa was a Corporate Recruiter and Immigration Specialist with Barclays Global Investors. She returned to the U.S. following a period of extensive world travel and work abroad; including Social Work with HIV-positive children in South Africa and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and Indonesia. Chelsa received her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and has completed certifications in Social Performance Management, Framework for Reporting/Analysis/Monitoring/ Evaluation (FRAME), Behavioral Interviewing/Talent Selection, Risk Management Strategies, and Human Resources Management.
Si is responsible for Kiva’s financial reporting and oversight. He has been working in the microfinance arena for the last ten years, first as the CFO of the Grameen Foundation and then joining their board of directors. Prior to coming to Kiva, Si worked and lived internationally in a variety of global financial leadership roles with several Fortune 100 companies (PepsiCo, Nestle and Cisco), most recently as SVP, Global Finance at International Game Technology.Throughout his career he has been recognized for his high degree of integrity, calm demeanor, balanced decision making, people development and mentoring skills. In addition to his work in microfinance he has worked many years using his Spanish language and finance skills to help low income families with their taxes and financial planning.He also works with environmental issues as a board member of Save the Bay in San Francisco and previously with the Three Square food bank. Si is a CPA, a California native and an avid windsurfer, swimmer and biker.
David Pollak has been a Kiva lender since 2006 and a professional geek since 1978. David has helped out with technology at Twitter, Foursquare, FEMA, Chrysler, Swiss Bank, VeriSign, etc. In high school, David co-authored 64 Doctor, an award winning, best selling diagnostic for the Commodore 64. In college, David wrote File & Report, a best selling flat file database for the Apple ][ and C-64. After grad school, David founded Athena Design and wrote Mesa for NextStep and OS/2…the first real-time spreadsheet. David founded the Lift web framework open source project and authored Beginning Scala. David presents at tech conferences including QCon, JavaOne, Devoxx, Scala eXchange, Clojure eXchange, etc. David has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Economics and a law degree. David lives in San Francisco with his middle-school-aged twins.