About First Access

We are on a mission to turn data into financial opportunity. First Access is an award-winning fintech company offering a smart data platform for emerging market financial institutions. For the first time, micro- and SME-lenders have a clear path to a digital future. With an intuitive user experience for digitizing paper-based operations, institutions can collect rich data, monitor trends, and then automate processes as they gain more trust in their data.

First Access has leveraged its credit scoring experience to enable incremental change without disrupting day-to-day operations. Financial institutions can grow more sophisticated with data at their own pace, incorporating machine learning insights as they go.

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 CEO & Co-Founder 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


Nicholas Alan Brown

Head of Product


Jeff Cangialosi

Chief of Staff


Alex D'Amour

Senior Data Scientist


Howard Finkelstein

General Counsel


Ebony Hopkins

Operations and Finance Associate


Frieda Hamster

Senior Deployment Manager

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David Kruijff

Director of Global Client Strategy


Rachel Mbwiliza

Account Associate


Anna Minja

Account Manager


Corey Pargee

Director of Operations

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Tan Quach

Director of Engineering


Board of Directors

 nicole van der tuin  Co-Founder & CEO


Co-Founder & CEO

 Duncan goldie-scot  Co-Founder & Director


Co-Founder & Director

 jenny everett  Director



 liz Luckett  Director, The Social Entrepreneurs Fund


Director, The Social Entrepreneurs' Fund

 Peter cain  Director, Acumen

Christian Ruehmer

Director, Bamboo Capital Partners