Mikko Perez is Founder and CEO of Ayannah, a leading provider of digital commerce and payment services for online and mobile communities, especially the unbanked. Prior to leading Ayannah, he was Director of Finance & Business Development at Chikka and helped steer Chikka to profitability. He also spearheaded Chikka’s expansion into China, Japan and the US prior to its acquisition by PLDT (NYSE: PHI).
Prior to this, he was an investment manager at Next Century Partners where he managed private equity on behalf of Soros Fund Management, LLC and several institutional investors. He was also an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase (Hambrecht & Quist) in San Francisco where he advised technology, media and telecom ventures.
Mikko serves on the board of several companies and foundations. Having begun his career as a community organizer and adult educator helping strengthen social enterprises in the Philippines, he remains actively involved in initiatives that encourage social entrepreneurship and sustainable development in emerging markets.
Mikko has a BSc in Management (with Honors) and a BA in Development Studies (with Honors & Award for Excellence) for the Ateneo de Manila University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.