About First Access

We are on a mission to turn data into financial opportunity. First Access is an award-winning fintech company that offers a customizable credit scoring platform for lending institutions in emerging markets to credit score anyone. Our team has worked for and with microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia and Latin America. We understand the challenges and high costs of reaching first-time customers,  developing rigorous business practices, and building strong teams to carry them out. 

The cost of capital is a central barrier to economic growth and development. Emerging market financial institutions and their customers both pay high costs to access capital for two reasons: perceived high risks and operational inefficiencies. Lower-income people are not necessarily higher-risk, but they cannot prove it, so they pay much higher interest rates. Likewise, financial institutions seeking to serve these customers have a wealth of experience and strong customer bases, but miss out on enormous opportunities to use data for cost reduction and better visibility into their business. Operational inefficiencies and perceived risks can both be eliminated with better data. 

The future is data-driven, and we can help you get there faster.



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Nicole Van Der Tuin

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

On a mission to turn data into financial opportunity for everyone, Nicole Van Der Tuin is the Co-Founder & CEO of First Access. Ranked as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and the only fintech entrepreneur for 2016, Nicole has lived on 5 continents and speaks 5 languages. First Access has been selected as one of Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100 and for MIT’s Zambezi Prize, PopTech's Social Innovation Fellowship, and has been featured in over 50 industry publications and events, including The Economist, Forbes, and The Financial Times.


Rohit Acharya, CFA

Chief Data Scientist and Co-Founder

Rohit leads the First Access research team, including management of data, processing, modeling and helping clients adjust First Access models to their preferences. He also travels on behalf of First Access to meet directly with clients and to speak on risk management at conferences around the world.

Rohit holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Matthew Brochstein

Chief Technology Officer

Matt leads all aspects of technology and product development for First Access. His responsibilities include technical strategy, data security, and strategic planning. With extensive experience leading and mentoring technology teams, Matt has worked in varied fields including web and mobile development, infrastructure management, and corporate network and infrastructure implementation and governance.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from Cornell University.


kola Adeyemi

Director of Finance and Risk


Jeff Cangialosi

Chief of Staff


alex D'Amour

Senior Data Scientist


Pennie douligeris

Analytics Product Manager


Howard Finkelstein

General Counsel


Ebony Hopkins

Operations Assistant


Athu Karume

Director of Business Development, Africa


Peter Masue

Business Development Associate


Rachel Mbwiliza

Account Associate


Anna Minja

Account Manager


Corey Pargee

Director of Operations


Chris Russo

Data Scientist

Board of Directors

nicole van der tuin Co-Founder & CEO

nicole van der tuin

Co-Founder & CEO

Duncan goldie-scot Co-Founder & Director

Duncan goldie-scot

Co-Founder & Director

jenny everett Director

jenny everett


liz Luckett Director, The Social Entrepreneurs Fund

liz Luckett

Director, The Social Entrepreneurs Fund

Peter cain Director, Acumen

Peter cain

Director, Acumen