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Meet the people behind PACEUPinvest.

Rukayyat Kolawole, CFA,MBA

Rukayyat Kolawole, CFA,MBA

(CEO/Founder)

Rukayyat is the founder and CEO of PaceUP Invest in Germany, France, and Nigeria; a Fintech start-up whose mission empowering women and the underrepresented financially and help with wealth-building irrespective of their income towards attaining a responsible and sustainable future for themselves and their generation.

Rukayyat has over 16 years of experience in the financial industry: Investment banking, Investment Management, and Capital Markets in Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Reuters, and BMCE International London. She was a former VP Capital Markets and Treasury at BMCE Bank International London covering EMEA, Americas, and APAC. She is a transcultural communicator and leader having worked on international assignments throughout her successful career.

Rukayyat is currently on the board of Kassavex, a social impact agricultural company in Nigeria; Founding committee board member of 100 Women in Finance Germany; Chair of Mid-Career Bridge 100 Women in Finance, Germany; and a mentor at &ahead, Germany. Rukayyat earned an MSc in Finance and Investment Management with a Distinction. In 2020, she earned a double Diploma Executive MBA at Mannheim Business School, Germany, and ESSEC Business School, France. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She loves playing golf, travelling, reading, and playing silly games with her 5-year-old daughter.

Ibraheem Kolawole

Ibraheem Kolawole

(CTO)

Close to a decade experience in building Softwares, worked as intern for SmartSpaces, an EU pilot project for smartly measuring carbon data from buildings in realtime with custom built software in 2013/2014, which served as a pilot for implementation of close to a 100,000 retrofits/newbuilds in EU.

Built SaaS and Business workflow applications for small to medium size businesses whose daily operations running into 10’s of thousands of users rely on daily.

BEng Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. MSc DeMontFort University, UK.  Object Oriented Software Development (OOSD) SAIT. Canada

Vivian Hendrikse

Vivian Hendrikse

(Business Development Partner- Dutch)

Vivian connects people, businesses, and communities with the purpose to create social impact and more inclusive (work-)environments. She has studied International Business Finance & Investments and is passionate about the intersection of financial innovations and the inclusion of minorities. After having worked as an innovation consultant for 4 years, she founded DIVE Agency to focus fully on social change in financial and business contexts. DIVE supports organisations in becoming more aware of inequality and connects them to the right initiatives – with the vision that most change is achieved through the collaboration of social change agents. One of her projects includes the Gaari Art Movement in which businesses make a statement for equality through art, allowing the business sector and creative sector to meet. Next to that, she is active for Holland Fintech as program manager of working groups about social, and innovative topics.

Vivian has an international background, being half Dutch, half German, and having lived in Singapore, Spain, and France. She is currently based in Amsterdam and supports Pace UP Invest in the Dutch market. 

Aisha Adedeji

Aisha Adedeji

(Community Manager)

Aisha has recently resigned from Barclays Bank UK as a Digital Engagement Manager where she supported businesses through Covid-19 with the use of Digital. Prior to that she was a Relationship Director responsible for a portfolio of medium/large technology clients. She has worked in Nigeria, South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and the UK across Business Banking, Marketing and Investment management. She is currently the Co-owner of The Hustle Table. The Hustle Table is an educational platform and YouTube series which teaches young people and businesses the importance of managing their finances.

Aisha also played semi-professional basketball for over 10 years but after an injury, began coaching basketball for young children and is also a qualified nutritionist in her spare time. She has also recently launched a small nutrition business in Nigeria and was mentioned in The Telegraph for her merits. Aisha is also a Loughborough University Board member and in 2021 she received an award from Yahoo Finance, recognised as a Future Leader of the HERoes Women Role Model Lists 2021 supported by Yahoo Finance.

Sasha Mballa

Sasha Mballa

(Intern- Community Building)

Sasha is from Cameroon born in Kenya, and has lived in ten different countries. He is currently an Industrial Engineering and Management student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. For one year now, he has held a position on the programme committee to support the growth and development of the Industrial Engineering and Management programme. His role within the committee is as student representative, as well as evaluating the Teaching and Examination Regulations.

He is currently also an advisor to Nio Farr Consultancy, a business consultancy firm focused on supporting SMEs in Senegal for the social and economic growth of local communities. His role as advisor is focused on improving business operations and marketing activity. Previously, he collaborated with the British Embassy in Senegal as project coordinator to unite British businesses in Senegal to capitalise on opportunities and support each other.

He enjoys being outdoors and playing sports, such as playing football and cycling. He enjoys exploring new ideas and places through reading and travelling.