BACKGROUND / Professional and educational background:
Graduated in Political Science at Lausanne University, Switzerland. Started his career at JPMorgan and then worked at Positive Planet, first as co-founder and CEO for southern America, then as COO – global. It is while positioning Positive Planet in the mobile money industry that Christian discovered the huge potential of fintech for micro-enterprises. He has launched the start-up KiWi in 2014, where he works as CEO.
ACHIEVEMENT / What does the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum consist of?
KiWi is a swiss start-up founded in 2014, with the objective of bringing the best out of fintech to micro-merchants in emerging markets. With his KiWi mobile app, a merchant can accept electronic payments from his customers and sell them new products and services, such as airtime top-ups. He also gets an instantaneous access to micro-loans, as well as a simple and adapted solucion for his money management.
LOCATION / Where do you lead your project/company (city, region and country)?
First country of implementation. MEXICO
IMPACT / How do you evaluate the economic, social, politic and environmental impact of your project / action?
Micro-enterprises are under pressure worldwide (Uber, 7eleven…). Already financially excluded, they are more and more technologically excluded. KiWi is here to fill the gap, bringing the tools that micro-enterprises need to develop their full potential, with peace of mind and freedom.
KiWi has a direct impact on merchants’ sales growth and diversification. On the top of the commercial and organizational improvements, KiWi creates a bridge between the traditional economy of micro-enterprises, eCommerce and finance.
QUOTE / A sentence, quotation or a word that best describes you
Walk the talk