Board of Directors
Osama Bedier is an Egyptian-American entrepreneur and investor. With a deep passion for improving lives through technology, Osama has spent the last two decades pioneering consumer internet, e-commerce and payments services. Most recently, he lead Wallet & Payments at Google. Prior to Google, Osama spent 8 years running product development at PayPal building and scaling much of what made them a household name. He has also held engineering leadership roles since the dawn of the web at organizations such as eBay, Gateway Computers and AT&T wireless. He lives with his wife and 4 kids in Atherton, CA.
David Birch is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Surrey Business School. He is an internationally recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson; was ranked in the top three most influential people in London's FinTech community by City A.M.; was listed by Hot Topics as one of the world's top 100 most influential FinTech leaders and was rated Europe's most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments.
In the London Review of Books his "Identity is the New Money" was called fresh, original, wide-ranging and "the best book on general issues around new forms of money". His new book "Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: Technology and Money" will be published later this year.
Ron Kalifa was appointed Deputy Chairman of Worldpay in April 2013. From 2003-2013, Mr. Kalifa was CEO of Worldpay. During Mr. Kalifa's tenure as CEO, he led Worldpay through its transition to a standalone company following its divestment from RBS in 2010. Before becoming CEO, Mr. Kalifa held various roles within RBS where he built the Worldpay business via acquisition. Mr. Kalifa has been an Non-Executive Director of Visa Europe since September 2011. Mr. Kalifa is also a member of the UK Cards Association. He has been recognised as Industry Personality of the Year for his work in the Payments sector.
Mr. Boris Kim has served as our director since 2013. He was nominated to our board of directors by E1. Mr. Kim is an entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in the payment services industry. He is also the head of the payment networks and banking instruments committee at the Russian E-Market Participants National Association. He is one of the co-founders of e-port and served as its chief executive officer from November 2004 until September 2007 and from September 2007 until February 2010 was an advisor to the chief executive officer of e-port. From October 1999 until October 2004, Mr. Kim was advisor to the chairman of the board of the banking and financial group Zerich. From September 1993 until January 1999 he was a chairman of the management board of Chastny Bank. Mr. Kim graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1985 with a degree in chemistry, Russian Institute of Finance and Economics in 1996 with a degree in finance, Moscow State Law Academy in 2000 with a degree in law and Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2004 with a degree in psychology and a degree in philosophy.
Mr. Marcus Rhodes has served as our director since May 3, 2013 and is chairman of the audit committee. He is also an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for PhosAgro (since May 2011), Tethys Petroleum (since September 2009), Cherkizovo Group (since February 2009), and Rosinter Group (since July 2008). Mr. Rhodes was an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods from July 2008 until June 2011, and for Rusagro Group from November 2009 until June 2011. Mr. Rhodes was an audit partner for Ernst & Young from 2002 until 2008, and prior to that, he was an audit partner for Arthur Andersen from 1998 until 2002. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and is a member of the Institute of Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). Mr. Rhodes graduated with a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University in 1982 with a degree in economics & social history. Mr. Rhodes is an independent director and Chair of the AC for Zoltav Resources where he was appointed in May of 2014.
Mr. Andrey Romanenko has served as our director since December 2010 and as chairman of our board of directors since October 2012. He was nominated to our board of directors by Antana. Mr. Romanenko is an entrepreneur and has over 14 years of experience in the payment services and banking industries. He is one of the co-founders of our predecessor, OSMP, and from July 2007 until October 2012 served as our chief executive officer. Since March 2011, Mr. Romanenko has been a partner of two venture funds, AddVenture III and iTech Capital. Since April 2014, Mr. Romanenko has been a Managing partner of investment fund Run Capital. Mr. Romanenko has served as a member of the board of directors of Qiwi Bank since June 2009. Mr. Romanenko graduated from International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences in 2000 with a degree in financial management.
Mr. Sergey Solonin has served as our director since December 2010 and as our chief executive officer since October 2012. He was nominated to our board of directors by Saldivar. Mr. Solonin is an entrepreneur and has over 14 years of experience in the payment services and banking industries. He is one of the co-founders of OSMP and from April 2009 until October 2012 served as an advisor to the president on financial matters at OSMP. Mr. Solonin is currently the chief executive officer of Qiwi Group, a position he has held since October 2012. He also serves on the board of directors of Qiwi Bank and from March 1999 until September 2009 was the chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Solonin is also an executive of ITbillion LLC as well as one of the two directors of iTech Advisors Ltd. and a director of OJSC United Art Tickets. Mr. Solonin graduated from the Russian Financial Institution in 1996 with a degree in economics.