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Paul Weiss

Paul Weiss

Young Expert at Simbuka - Uganda
YEP period 2021 - 2022, batch 24

YEP Role

In my role as a Young Expert at Simbuka, I am responsible for the project initiation and delivery of the loan software solutions we offer to our (new) clients across Africa. Simbuka is a Dutch FinTech that has over 10 years of experience with loan software across Africa for small and large financial institutions, simplifying and streamlining the end-to-end lending process and credit scoring.

This includes the following tasks;

  • Managing a smooth and steady delivery of our software solutions to our clients, taking into account the needs of a wide variety of stakeholders (IT, Risk, Operations, Business, and Management department representatives)
  • Training financial institutions representatives on how to optimally use the software solutions to effectively process agriculture loans. Think of topics like how to mitigate risks via the supply chain, how to effectively credit score (smallholder) farmers and how to manage the workflow in an efficient way
  • Jointly develop lending mechanisms for smallholder farmers with financial institutions, agriculture-focused organizations, regulators, credit bureaus, and NGOs
  • Introducing and improving credit scoring models and their impact on loan portfolios and quality of financial institutions

 

Skills

  • Agile Project Management
  • Target Operating Model Design
  • Business Development Strategy
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Proposal Writing
  • Credit Scorecard Design and Development  
  • Industry Knowledge: Banking, insurance, and microfinance

 

Background

  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Education: Bachelor of Commerce at Fontys Hogescholen Tilburg, Master of Strategic Management at Tilburg University (master thesis at Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia through Frans Seda Foundation Scholarship Program

 

Experience before YEP

Junior Consultant to Manager at Strategy & Consulting practice within Financial Services of Accenture (2016-2021)

From conceptualization to closing, I was involved in projects for financial institutions across Europe, focusing on developing future-proof solutions to the strategic challenges at hand. Run 9 assignments for 6 different financial institutions in disciplines such as digital transformation, organizational change, and agile IT. 

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