Agnes is passionate about good financial management and analysis. Before Balloon she worked at a Savings and Credit Cooperative as an internal auditor in charge of risk management. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant for Human Rights Uphold Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce (Accounting) from Makerere University.
Amanda is a trustee for Balloon Ventures and Managing Director of the French operation of HW International Group, an insurance brokerage with offices across Europe, North America and in Australia and Hong Kong. With many years’ experience working in the insurance industry, both as a broker and also for one of the largest insurers Aviva, she is qualified and regulated to work directly in the UK, French and Swiss insurance markets. At sector level, Amanda works with global and large corporate, chemical, real estate and fine arts clients, providing client advice, developing customer-focused propositions and managing complex programmes. She also has a number of start-up, scale-up and family office clients, seeking risk management support as they grow.
Amy is the Group Finance Director at Balloon Ventures responsible for all aspects of financial planning and management. Amy joined Balloon in 2017. Before Balloon, Amy worked for 8 years at PwC progressing to Manager level. At PwC Amy firstly worked in Audit before moving into Forensic Services where she specialised in developing anti-money laundering policies for global investment banks and conducting reviews of internal controls and processes. Amy qualified as an ACA Chartered Accountant in 2013 and graduated with a 1st in Business Accounting and Finance from Newcastle University.
Clare’s experience in Accounting and Finance spans over 8 years. She is currently a Senior Investment Manager at Balloon Ventures, managing a portfolio of businesses. Previously, she worked with Ngamia Capital as Portfolio Manager and Iungo Capital as Portfolio Accountant, supporting the post investment process. She also worked at AAR Healthcare Uganda where she served in the capacities of Payables Accountant and later Financial Accountant. Clare has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Kyambogo University and is currently completing Level 3 of CPA(U) from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. She is passionate about ESG compliance, impact financing and the establishment of proper accounting practices for SMEs.
Doug Co-Founded Balloon Ventures in 2012 and has led the scaling up of Balloon programmes. He managed Balloon’s £4.7m multi-year UKAID project delivered across 11 communities in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. The project, which combined business consultancy with low interest loans to informal sector entrepreneurs, was rated A or A+ in all DFID Annual Reviews. Doug has also coordinated an external randomised control trial to evaluate the project’s impact, being implemented by researchers at Stanford University. As a trainer in enterprise and innovation, Doug has delivered programmes to staff at Citibank, Fujitsu, BT and Cisco Group. He holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MSc from University College London.
Geofrey is a finance and accounting specialist. Currently, he works as Monitoring and Evaluation and Collection officer at Balloon Ventures. Before, he was a Deal Origination Officer and Loans Officer. He has also worked as an Accountant at Bomet College of Accountancy. Geofrey is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Kenyatta University.
Gladys is a finance specialist with a passion for monitoring and evaluation. She works with Balloon recruiting SMEs for investment support. She previously worked as a business development officer with Valuemax Consulting ltd in charge of business recruitment and business forums for professional consultancy and as an administrator with Kenya Institute of monitoring and evaluation studies. Gladys also worked with SCODE, an NGO that deals in renewable energy, mainly in data collection, report writing and community empowerment. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Egerton University and an MA in Monitoring and Evaluation from Mount Kenya University.
Isima currently serves as Business Development Manager at Balloon Ventures. Prior he served as Manager at Reena Print Limited and before as an Accounts Assistant at Mount Masaba High School. He has six years’ experience in financial management, Analysis & statutory compliance,
He currently holds a BBS-ACCOUNTING from Islamic university in Uganda & CPA Level III with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).
Joseph works at Balloon to build and assess a pipeline of investees. Before Balloon, Joseph served as a Credit Manager for 4 years, Credit supervisor for 2 Years and Credit Officer for 6 years with Development Microfinance where he dealt with over 6,000 SME’s and a Loan Book of over $2million. Prior to this he also worked as a Community Development Officer for 2 years. He holds a Bachelors in Social Sciences (Social Administration) and Masters In Business Administration (MBA) from Makerere University.
Josh is the co-founder and CEO of Balloon Ventures, a family of social enterprises with a shared mission to defeat poverty by creating good jobs where they are needed most. Josh co-founded Balloon in 2012 after working in Kenya researching the post-election violence of 2007-08. An experienced entrepreneur, he has conceived and scaled a diverse range of business models including investment funds pioneering affordable financial products for small-scale entrepreneurs in emerging markets, volunteering programs delivering major public and private sector contracts and tech platforms which democratise access to Balloon’s entrepreneurship curriculum globally. During this time, Balloon has invested $1,000,000+ in small-scale entrepreneurs, provided 1 million hours of support and supported 4,000+ entrepreneurs across 42 countries. Josh has forged and managed senior relationships with clients as diverse as the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Citibank and the University of Cambridge. Josh was appointed the youngest ever Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, where he taught entrepreneurship to MBA students. He holds a BA from the University of Bristol and an MA from the University of British Columbia.
Mackline currently serves as the Investment Manager for Balloon Ventures Uganda. Prior to this, she worked at Post Bank Uganda as a Banking Officer. Before Joining Post Bank Uganda in 2020, she was a Tax Consultant at MAZARS Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computing from Makerere University Business School and currently pursuing her CPA.
Melinda retired in 2010 after 16 years as Chief Executive of one of the UK’s largest care and housing providers. During this time she managed 17,000 homes and a team of 7,200 staff. Upon her retirement, the company had a turnover of £200m. Melinda now works with Balloon providing strategic and operational support.
Keter is a credit analyst with over 5 years experience in credit management. He currently works as a Senior Loans Officer at Balloon Ventures where he provides administrative support to credit and risk management. He also leads the revenue assurance department where he reviews all credit requests and ensures compliance with standard regulations before disbursement. He previously worked at FEP Sacco Society Ltd as a loans officer. He holds a bachelor of commerce from Egerton University.
Kariah is a banking and entrepreneurship professional with over 6 years’ experience working in the Sacco Industry in Kenya and running various businesses. He has successfully grown a loan book of $4.5M at Unaitas (branch level) through working as a Relationship Officer and a Credit Administrator. At Balloon he manages a portfolio of 6+ SMES whose KPIs indicate tremendous growth to date. His skillsets include credit management, financial analysis, consultancy, relationship management and business development. Kariah has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies, CIPS.
Michaels has a professional training background in Banking and Financial Services with over ten years’ experience in the Capital Markets (Kenya). He has previously worked for Suntra Investment Bank as an Equities Dealer and has extensive knowledge in the Securities Market operations in Kenya, having taken part in the OTC trading, listings and IPOs of several publicly traded companies. He is passionate about financial inclusion in the Kenya and his skillset includes dealing/securities trading, financial advisory, portfolio management and client relationship management.
Oscar currently serves as the Investment Director in charge of the Balloon Ventures branch in Uganda. Before Balloon Ventures Oscar served as the Regional Business Development Manager in charge of Western Uganda at Uganda Telecom with 23 districts under his supervision. Prior to this Oscar worked for 8 years in the banking sector serving as a Personal Banker and Corporate Relationship Officer and later Branch Manager at Barclays and then Bank of Africa. Here he was responsible for $2m of deposits and a loan book of about $1.2m. He holds an MBA from Makerere University.
Prabhay is a Trustee for Balloon Ventures and a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), with a focus on M&A transactions and investor-lens work. He has held previous roles in sustainable investing at Morgan Stanley and trade finance at Citigroup. Prabhay is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and worked on Balloon’s 2017 Volunteer Africa program as well as volunteering in Kenya in 2013. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he graduated with Dean’s Honours, and a BSc from University College London.
Richard Wafula has 24 years experience in Finance and Accounting. He begun his career with Uganda Posts and Telecommunication, the only government Parastatal at the time as a Regional Accountant. He later Joined Uganda Telecom Company a government entity as a Regional Accountant where he worked for 9 years. He later joined Development Microfinance Ltd as Finance Manager where he worked for a period of 13 years. He is currently working as a Finance Manager at Balloon Ventures Uganda. Richard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Business Studies from Makerere University.
Vianah has 5 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. She began her career at PKF, one of the top accounting firms in Uganda. She later joined Livingstone International University Finance team where she worked as an accountant for 3 years. She is currently working as an Investment Manager at Balloon Ventures Uganda, managing a portfolio of businesses. She also serves as president of the Rotaract Club of Uptown, a community based youth club aimed at finding creative solutions to the problems faced in their communities. Vianah holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Livingstone International University.
Virginia is a data analyst with a passion in entrepreneurship. She currently work as an Investment Manager at Balloon Ventures where she manages a portfolio of 6 enterprises. She previously worked in the Capital Markets at Suntra Investment Bank for 9 years in various capacities as an equity researcher, portfolio manager, investment banker and corporate finance. She has also worked for The Exchange Africa, an East African financial publisher as a coordinator for the Kenyan Bureau. She hold a MSc in Social Statistics from University of Nairobi and a BSc in Actuarial Science from JKUAT.
Will is a Trustee for Balloon Ventures and Human Capital Manager at Helios Investment Partners, the pan-African private investment firm, where he partners with 25+ portfolio companies across questions of talent, compensation, organisation structure, corporate governance etc. He previously worked for Skillcapital, an executive search firm focused on private equity backed portfolio companies. Will is passionate about entrepreneurship and the development of the private sector in Africa, working on Balloon’s 2013 and 2014 programmes and spending time as an Investment Associate in the Kenya Office in 2018. He holds a MA in International Relations from Kings College London and a BA History from Exeter University.