Premal Shah is the President of Kiva.org, a personal microlending marketplace for the world's working poor.
Prior to Kiva, Premal was a Principal Product Manager at PayPal, an eBay company. During his 6 year career at PayPal, Premal drove a number of key initiatives including a year long project defining eBay's role in economically empowering the global working poor. A number of corporate initiatives have come out of this effort, including PayPal's support of Kiva.
Prior to PayPal, Premal was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in New York. Premal has had a long standing interest in microfinance. In 1997, he was awarded a grant from Stanford University to research microfinance in Gujarat, India.
More recently Premal co-founded the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network and spent 2 months in India working to refine / validate Kiva's model. In 2006, Premal was a featured speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and Global Microcredit Summit.
Premal graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Board & Advisor Roles (2)Update
|May 24, 2016||Crowdfund Insider - Crowdfunding & Corporate Philanthropy: Fundraising’s Next Dynamic Duo?|
|Apr 8, 2016||Tech Cocktail - Turning Ideas Into Action at the Clinton Global Initiative University|
|Jan 5, 2016||Pymnts - Kiva — Where Crowdsourcing Meets Alt-Lending|
|Dec 15, 2015||Cranes New York - Tech - Crowdfunding, microfinance lender launches in New York|
|Dec 11, 2015||Crowdfund Insider - Kiva Rolls Out Lending Across US, Announces Kiva NYC|
|Dec 10, 2015||PRNewswire All - Kiva Launches Kiva NYC To Grow Local Small Business|
|Dec 10, 2015||Xconomy - Bill Clinton at Kiva’s National Launch of Small Biz Lending Platform|
|Dec 9, 2015||The Atlantic - Kiva Turns to Another Economy in Need of Investment: America’s|