How we made it into Africa

What parts of your job keeping you awake at night?

WorldRemit has grown at an astounding rate, especially since we received a US$40m investment by Accel Partners in March last year. In such a fast-paced and high-growth environment, it can be a tough task to make sure everybody is working together smoothly.

Where’s the best place to prepare for leadership? Business school or on the job?

Nothing can fully prepare you for the experience that is running your own company. I was fortunate enough to have worked in remittances for more than 20 years before I started my own company. But I’d also say my MBA at London Business School was an important stepping stone to becoming a CEO and leader.

Ismail Ahmed DLEMBA2010 is the founder and CEO of WorldRemit, an online money transfer firm that allows people to send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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