Meet the VeryPay Team

…with decades of experience helping customers develop innovative payment solutions

Oluwaseun Solanke

CEO

Oluwaseun (Seun) Solanke is a business and technology executive who specializes in harmonizing processes, people, and technology to take organizations to the next level in growth and profitability. He is an AI, fintech and payments enthusiast with vast experience delivering results across United States, Middle East and Africa. His 20+ years career extends across business strategies, organizational development, operations, mobile financial services, and information technology.

As CEO, Seun guides the vision and strategy for VeryPay.

Seun was previously the Vice-President and Chief Information Officer for Airtel Nigeria where he oversaw the IT & Engineering functions with a key focus on service delivery, project delivery, cybersecurity, AI, and software engineering.

He holds various degrees and professional certificates such as Information Sciences & Systems, Fintech, and Management and has attended universities including Morgan State University USA, MIT and Yale. This has helped him garner skills in digital transformation, data analytics, fintech and payments, cloud, big data, and management. He is currently pursuing a Masters in AI from Hull University, UK.

He is married with two boys and enjoys reading, running, and photography in his spare time.

Andrey Tikhonov

Chief Technical Officer

Andrey has over 20 years of progressive technology development and executive management experience within the card payments industry. Andrey has held VP and CTO positions with leading point-of-sale terminal manufacturers and VARs, including Lipman, VeriFone, ExaDigm, PAX, Dejavoo Systems and Castles Technology. He provides vision, strategy and direction through the full product life cycle - from inception to implementation, market introduction and maintenance. Andrey holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology and Computer Science from Novosibirsk Technical University in Novosibirsk, Russia.

David Drever

Marketing Director

David has 20 years’ experience in the online payments industry and has spent most of his career developing sales and strategic partnerships channels.

Prior to joining VeryPay, he was Business Development Director for two start-ups, FXCPay - a disruptive multi-currency payments solution and Hokan - a private key management technology provider for crypto custodians. Prior to this he was VP of Global Partnerships for WorldPay’s e-commerce division. His team developed profitable commercial channels with leading technology platforms and systems integrators across multiple vertical markets.

David has a deep passion for business psychology. He is a qualified NLP Master Practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Trainer and Coach. He has led several international leadership programmes and has spent the last 20 years building expert teams.

Joseph Yendork

Sales Director

Joseph is a seasoned Mobile Financial Services and digital payments leader with over 13 years experience in operations, strategy, channel development, sales and general management. Joseph has developed a reputation for exceptional leadership and an ability to guide MNOs and FinTechs to develop effective channels for their Mobile Money services. He has led M&As, regulator engagement and management for licensing across a number of African markets. He has built and managed large teams and has helped develop leaders in multiple spheres in the African FinTech space. Joseph was the Director of International Business Development and Africa Expansion at OPay, where he was an integral part of the leadership team.

Joseph is a keen sports person and loves football.

Chuong Huynh

Head of Product, Vietnam

Chuong Chuong serves as the Head of Product for VeryPay, a pioneering wallet companion platform designed to empower Telco companies to optimize their mobile wallet functionalities. With more than 14 years of experience in the IT sector, Chuong is a seasoned professional who specializes in system design. He leads a highly skilled development team committed to building state-of-the-art products. Under his expert guidance, VeryPay has successfully integrated a myriad of payment solutions, including NFC-enabled transactions for both merchants and customers.

In his capacity as Head of Product, Chuong collaborates closely with wallet providers and NFC card services to ensure seamless and secure payment experiences. Based in Vietnam, he combines his extensive technical background with a broad, analytical perspective, driving innovation and strategic problem-solving in product development.

James Njoro Kitindi

Head of Product Implementation

James is a seasoned Product Leader with 13 years of experience in Fintech, software product management, and software engineering. As Head of Product Implementation, he spearheads the rollout of the VeryPay products. He has a passion for creating user experiences and leverages his expertise to forge solutions in fintech that resolve real-world challenges and deliver substantial value to users.

He has held technical and product lead roles at Jambopay and DPO Pay, successfully launching, and integrating robust payment solutions across Africa.

Prior to joining VeryPay, James served as a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, where he led projects to build high-quality API-based products that empower developers to build exceptional experiences on Microsoft platforms, impacting millions of customers worldwide.

James is an avid sports fan. If he’s not playing indoor games, you’ll find him outdoors hiking or running.

Stephen Waiswa

Sales Manager, East Africa

Stephen is a dedicated business development and sales leader with over 15 years of expertise in digital financial services, innovative finance, and digital agriculture in East and Southern Africa.

In his current role as the Consultant Sales (East Africa) at Very Pay, Stephen excels in leveraging his skills, including analytical thinking, a strategic overview of situations, out-of-the-box thinking, multitasking, and effective people management.

Prior to this position, he played a pivotal role in promoting financial inclusion at United Nations Capital Development, Airtel Money Rwanda, and Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, respectively.

Stephen’s hands-on experience encompasses supporting, designing, and implementing innovative digital financial services to foster financial inclusion.

Brenda Bwalya

Sales Manager, Southern Africa

Brenda is a digital financial services expert with over 22 years of experience in the financial services sector. She has worked in banking, mobile network operator, and fintech environments, focusing on digital financial inclusion, e-banking, money transfer, and mobile money solutions.

She is passionate about leveraging technology to create financial inclusion and empowerment for underserved and unbanked populations. She holds a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (CDFP) qualification from DFI and Tufts University, an MBA from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a BSc in Computer Science and Management from Royal Holloway University of London.

Judith Kokuletage

Relationship Manager, Uganda

Judith is a sales and marketing professional with a track record of success in creating and executing marketing strategies and driving growth. She is skilled in identifying market trends, customer needs, and creating campaigns. Prior to VeryPay, Judith worked as a distribution supervisor for Wave Mobile Money in Uganda. She is known for her ability to motivate and inspire and for creating positive, collaborative team cultures. She is a devout Christian, who loves singing, travelling and is passionate about fashion.
CEO

Oluwaseun Solanke

Oluwaseun (Seun) Solanke is a business and technology executive who specializes in harmonizing processes, people, and technology to take organizations to the next level in growth and profitability. He is an AI, fintech and payments enthusiast with vast experience delivering results across United States, Middle East and Africa. His 20+ years career extends across business strategies, organizational development, operations, mobile financial services, and information technology.

As CEO, Seun guides the vision and strategy for VeryPay.

Seun was previously the Vice-President and Chief Information Officer for Airtel Nigeria where he oversaw the IT & Engineering functions with a key focus on service delivery, project delivery, cybersecurity, AI, and software engineering.

He holds various degrees and professional certificates such as Information Sciences & Systems, Fintech, and Management and has attended universities including Morgan State University USA, MIT and Yale. This has helped him garner skills in digital transformation, data analytics, fintech and payments, cloud, big data, and management. He is currently pursuing a Masters in AI from Hull University, UK.

He is married with two boys and enjoys reading, running, and photography in his spare time.

Chief Technical Officer

Andrey Tikhonov

Andrey has over 20 years of progressive technology development and executive management experience within the card payments industry. Andrey has held VP and CTO positions with leading point-of-sale terminal manufacturers and VARs, including Lipman, VeriFone, ExaDigm, PAX, Dejavoo Systems and Castles Technology. He provides vision, strategy and direction through the full product life cycle - from inception to implementation, market introduction and maintenance. Andrey holds both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degrees in Information Technology and Computer Science from Novosibirsk Technical University in Novosibirsk, Russia.
Marketing Director

David Drever

David has 20 years’ experience in the online payments industry and has spent most of his career developing sales and strategic partnerships channels.

Prior to joining VeryPay, he was Business Development Director for two start-ups, FXCPay - a disruptive multi-currency payments solution and Hokan - a private key management technology provider for crypto custodians. Prior to this he was VP of Global Partnerships for WorldPay’s e-commerce division. His team developed profitable commercial channels with leading technology platforms and systems integrators across multiple vertical markets.

David has a deep passion for business psychology. He is a qualified NLP Master Practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Trainer and Coach. He has led several international leadership programmes and has spent the last 20 years building expert teams.

Sales Director

Joseph Yendork

Joseph is a seasoned Mobile Financial Services and digital payments leader with over 13 years experience in operations, strategy, channel development, sales and general management. Joseph has developed a reputation for exceptional leadership and an ability to guide MNOs and FinTechs to develop effective channels for their Mobile Money services. He has led M&As, regulator engagement and management for licensing across a number of African markets. He has built and managed large teams and has helped develop leaders in multiple spheres in the African FinTech space. Joseph was the Director of International Business Development and Africa Expansion at OPay, where he was an integral part of the leadership team.

Joseph is a keen sports person and loves football.

Head of Product, Vietnam

Chuong Huynh

Chuong Chuong serves as the Head of Product for VeryPay, a pioneering wallet companion platform designed to empower Telco companies to optimize their mobile wallet functionalities. With more than 14 years of experience in the IT sector, Chuong is a seasoned professional who specializes in system design. He leads a highly skilled development team committed to building state-of-the-art products. Under his expert guidance, VeryPay has successfully integrated a myriad of payment solutions, including NFC-enabled transactions for both merchants and customers.

In his capacity as Head of Product, Chuong collaborates closely with wallet providers and NFC card services to ensure seamless and secure payment experiences. Based in Vietnam, he combines his extensive technical background with a broad, analytical perspective, driving innovation and strategic problem-solving in product development.

Head of Product Implementation

James Njoro Kitindi

James is a seasoned Product Leader with 13 years of experience in Fintech, software product management, and software engineering. As Head of Product Implementation, he spearheads the rollout of the VeryPay products. He has a passion for creating user experiences and leverages his expertise to forge solutions in fintech that resolve real-world challenges and deliver substantial value to users.

He has held technical and product lead roles at Jambopay and DPO Pay, successfully launching, and integrating robust payment solutions across Africa.

Prior to joining VeryPay, James served as a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, where he led projects to build high-quality API-based products that empower developers to build exceptional experiences on Microsoft platforms, impacting millions of customers worldwide.

James is an avid sports fan. If he’s not playing indoor games, you’ll find him outdoors hiking or running.

Business Development Manager

Stephen Waiswa

Stephen is a dedicated business development and sales leader with over 15 years of expertise in digital financial services, innovative finance, and digital agriculture in East and Southern Africa.

In his current role as the Consultant Sales (East Africa) at Very Pay, Stephen excels in leveraging his skills, including analytical thinking, a strategic overview of situations, out-of-the-box thinking, multitasking, and effective people management.

Prior to this position, he played a pivotal role in promoting financial inclusion at United Nations Capital Development, Airtel Money Rwanda, and Diamond Trust Bank Uganda, respectively.

Stephen’s hands-on experience encompasses supporting, designing, and implementing innovative digital financial services to foster financial inclusion.

Business Development Manager

Brenda Bwalya

Brenda is a digital financial services expert with over 22 years of experience in the financial services sector. She has worked in banking, mobile network operator, and fintech environments, focusing on digital financial inclusion, e-banking, money transfer, and mobile money solutions.

She is passionate about leveraging technology to create financial inclusion and empowerment for underserved and unbanked populations. She holds a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (CDFP) qualification from DFI and Tufts University, an MBA from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a BSc in Computer Science and Management from Royal Holloway University of London.

Relationship Manager, Uganda

Judith Kokuletage

Judith is a sales and marketing professional with a track record of success in creating and executing marketing strategies and driving growth. She is skilled in identifying market trends, customer needs, and creating campaigns. Prior to VeryPay, Judith worked as a distribution supervisor for Wave Mobile Money in Uganda. She is known for her ability to motivate and inspire and for creating positive, collaborative team cultures. She is a devout Christian, who loves singing, travelling and is passionate about fashion.