MayurPatelMayur Patel PhD



Occupational Information

Occupation: Telecoms

Occupational Position: Group Chief Operating Officer for Cassava Fintech

Professional History

Mayur Patel is an experienced leader and entrepreneur in Africa’s mobile technology and digital media sectors with a track record of building disruptive digital services. He serves as the Group Chief Operating Officer for Cassava Fintech, providing mobile wallet and payment solutions. Previously, he was CEO of the award-winning mobile streaming company, Kwesé iflix, which pioneered pay-as-you watch live and on-demand video service on the continent.

Mayur has been involved in investing in and scaling businesses across multiple markets. He was former Chief of Staff at diversified telecoms group, Econet, and VP for Strategy and Assessment for a US-based $2.5bn private foundation with investments in digital innovation and media.

Mayur is passionate about building inclusive and sustainable businesses and serves as an Advisory Board Member of NYU Stern’s Center for Business & Human Rights. He is co-founder of Africa’s largest go-to-market platform for plant-based protein products, Infinite Foods, and a Board member of a leading children’s edutainment company, Ubongo. His work has featured in the Lancet, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Mayur is a Rhodes Scholar and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics
Doctorate in International Development from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)


2020 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow