Neal Desai

Co-Founder & CEO at Kafene


Neal Desai is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Kafene. Neal has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, starting their career as a trader at Susquehanna International Group, LLP. In 2003, they moved to Merrill Lynch as Vice President of Equity Derivatives and then to Hard Eight Holdings LLC as a trader and portfolio manager in 2007. In 2013, they joined Summit Securities Group, LLC as a portfolio manager before becoming the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Octane Lending in 2016.

Neal Desai has an MBA in finance and multinational strategy from The Wharton School, as well as a BA in molecular biology from Princeton University.

Some individuals on their team include Patricio Jaramillo - VP, Credit Analytics, Harold Mayer - Director, Talent Acquisition, and Joe Wang - Chief Risk Officer.



  • Co-Founder & CEO

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