Yusuf has been with us since the beginning and been an outstanding contributor to Wagestream's success. His knowledge, experience and wise counsel on all things banking and fintech has made him a trusted source of knowledge in all our strategic decision making. He's an exceptional investor and friend to the company; we're lucky to have him. We'd like Yusuf to not invest in any more startups so he can spend more time with team Wagestream (!)
Yusuf is a London-based partner at QED Investors with a focus on U.K. and European fintech and proptech companies. Yusuf joined QED in 2017, and his career has spanned roles as an operator, advisor, entrepreneur and investor. His current portfolio of investments include Wagestream, Fidel API, Capitalise, Rest Less, Wayflyer, Weavr, GetGround and Payhawk.
Yusuf started his career at Capital One in 1997 where he helped develop many of the innovative lending solutions in the underserved credit segment. Subsequently he joined the Financial Institutions M&A Group at J. P. Morgan in 2003, advising banks and specialty finance companies on mergers, public listings and capital raising.
He started his professional investing career in 2006, with a focus on specialty finance and consumer credit companies in Europe, including early fintech investments such as some of the first online loan originators in Sweden. Prior to joining QED, Yusuf was an investment director with a growth private equity fund, helping fast-growing companies and entrepreneurs build lasting franchises by leveraging the power of data analytics.
Yusuf holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors, and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce with Distinction. He completed his undergraduate degree with a dual concentration in Finance and MIS.
Yusuf is fluent in English, Swedish and Turkish and has a working knowledge of German. He is currently studying Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.