Our Team

Our team and advisors come from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and geographies
 

 

Core Team

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Sidharth Garg

Sid started Teller while finishing his MBA at Columbia Business School. Before that, he worked at Facebook where he helped launch products like payments on FB Messenger and Facebook Gifts. 

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Somil Ghelani

Somil Ghelani (JD-MBA) is a strategic advisor and and is helping Teller manage growth. Somil brings over four years of experience as a management consultant, most recently at McKinsey & Company.  

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ADEMOLA BABALOLA

Ade is the CTO of the FASYL Technology Group. He has helped build core banking solutions for some of the largest banks in Africa. He brings years of experience in deploying technology solutions for banks.

 

Advisors

R.A. FARROKHNIA

Professor R.A. Farrokhnia is an award-winning Columbia University faculty member, with joint-appointments at the Schools of Business and Engineering

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Jake Kendall

Jake Kendall is the director of the Digital Financial Services Lab (DFS Lab). Prior to his role at DFS Lab, he worked at the Gates Foundation and at CGAP. 

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STEPHEN DENG

Stephen Deng is the Investment Officer for the DFS Lab. Stephen has experience in advising private, NGO, and non-profit clients with their technology strategies. 

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BEN LYON

Ben Lyon is the Entrepreneur in Residence at DFS Lab. Prior to joining DFS Lab, Ben co-founded Kopo Kopo, the first merchant aggregator in the mobile money industry.

 

Supporting Organizations

DFS Lab

Columbia Startup Lab

INV Fintech