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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 underrepresented communities 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 15 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 4-year-old.

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)

I am from Cameroon born in Kenya, and I have lived in ten different countries. I am currently an Industrial Engineering and Management student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. For one year now I have held a position on the programme committee to support the growth and development of the Industrial Engineering and Management programme. My role within the committee is as student representative, as well as evaluating the Teaching and Examination Regulations. I am 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. My role as advisor is focused on improving business operations and marketing activity. Previously, I collaborated with the British Embassy in Senegal as project coordinator to unite British businesses in Senegal to capitalise on opportunities and support each other. I enjoy being outdoors and playing sports, such as playing football and cycling. I enjoy exploring new ideas and places through reading and travelling.