Our story

Wave's mission is to make sending money to Africa as easy and affordable as sending a text. It all began in 2014 when Drew, one of our founders, got fed up going to a store and paying over 10% to send money for an NGO he was running in Tanzania.

So, he teamed up with Lincoln to build Wave, an app that let users send money instantly from their smartphone to their recipient's mobile money account in Kenya.

Three years later, Wave sends money to Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania too. The rest of Africa is next! ❤️

Our leadership team

Wave was founded by Drew Durbin and Lincoln Quirk, two engineers from Brown University and Harvard University who love and live in Africa.

Our Chief Compliance Officer, Michael Luebbert, used to run compliance at Western Union and CitiBank. Our Finance lead, Sid Sridhar, came from Treasury at Uber and Google before that.

Our African Operations lead, Hassan Kimani, ran the money transfer department at Chase Bank in Kenya. Hannah Quashie, our African Banking lead, was CEO of a Ghanaian investment bank.

Our International Remittance branch is led by Will Fogel (Head of International Remittances) & Ruthie Byers (Head of International Remittance Engineering). Maggie Beddow, our Head of User Experience, started at Wave by answering every support call herself and went on to build a support team from the diasporas we serve.