and leaders

  • Ned Tozun

    Ned Tozun is the co-founder and CEO of d.light. Since the company's founding in 2007, Ned has played a key role in developing the company's mission and strategic plan, securing private investment from multinational venture capital and social impact funds, designing award-winning products, and establishing worldwide distribution through four international offices. Ned has been recognized by BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Guardian, Social Venture Network, the Asia Society, and the World Economic Forum for his innovative leadership. He and d.light co-founder Sam Goldman have been recognized as Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world by Business Insider, and ELITE Rising Stars by the 21st Century Icon Awards.
  • Sam Goldman

    Sam is the co-founder and President of d.light. Over more than a decade, he has built and grown various functions in d.light, including its supply chain, global brand and marketing, product design and engineering teams, cloud and platform teams, and country offices in India and East Africa. Sam has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a Next Generation Leader for Africa by the African Leadership Network, a Business Insider top 100 business visionary, and an ELITE Rising Star by the 21st Century Icon Awards. He was awarded the 2014 Charles Bronfman Prize and the National Peace Corps Assocation's 2011 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Assistance. His leadership has also been recognized by BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Guardian, and Social Venture Network.
  • Ronald Pfende

    Ronald is d.light’s Chief Financial Officer. A Chartered Accountant with more than twenty-five years of finance experience in both listed and unlisted entities. He has extensive knowledge of establishing and scaling business on the African continent, mergers, acquisition and turning around nonperforming companies.
    Prior to joining d.light Ronald was Managing Director for Stanlib Asset Management, Southern African Region. His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer for the BancABC Group, a SADC based regional bank and Chief financial Officer for Standard Bank’s (Africa’s largest Bank) West African Operations. He trained with Deloitte & Touche, before embarking on a corporate career that was largely in financial services but included periods in manufacturing and oil and gas. He holds a Master of Business Leadership and an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science.
  • Jacob Okoth

    Jacob Okoth is d.light’s Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 23 years working experience in senior operational roles across Africa and Europe. Jacob has worked mostly in the telecommunications sector but also has experience in FMCG and Insurance sectors specializing in sales and distribution, marketing, customer experience, route-to-market, strategic planning and general management. Jacob led the introduction and successful scaling of payphones business across Africa for Celtel International while based out of their Netherlands headquarters. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Jacob was the Managing Director of Africa at d.light. Jacob holds a bachelor of science degree from Egerton University in Kenya. He is also an alumni of London Business School having attended and completed the advanced management program.
  • Effie Cooke

    As the Senior Director of People Effie Cooke comes with over 25 years of invaluable experience in leading HR teams and supporting senior executives in people, culture and organizational development. Effie’s background includes senior leadership roles in HR Consulting, Banking and Retail. Prior to joining d.light Effie was Executive Director of Capability Trust a full-service HR Consulting firm in Ghana. Prior to Capability Trust, Effie was Regional HR Director for Opportunity International leading HR teams across 8 countries in Africa. A Senior Certified Professional ( SHRM-SCP) , Effie Holds an undergraduate Degree in Law from Middlesex University and Post Graduate Certificates in Human Resources from Middlesex University and Cranfield University UK.
    Effie is responsible for all aspects of d.light’s people strategy globally including organizational development, integrated talent management, leadership development and culture and will work with the Executive Committee to ensure d.light continues to improve employee experience and builds a culture that attracts retains and develops the best teams.