SWVL picks ex-Uber boss Dip Patel to head Kenyan operations


SWVL picks ex-Uber boss Dip Patel to head Kenyan operations
SWVL Kenya new General Manager Dip Patel PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Dip takes over ranks from Sivachi Muleji who resigned from the role at the end of January having served on the top seat since May last year.
  • Until his appointment, Dip was the Head of Growth at Apollo Agriculture- a Kenyan technology company that helps small-scale farmers maximize earnings.
  • Dip joins SWVL at a time when the firm remains locked in battle with the National Transports and Safety Authority (NTSA) over the licensing of ride hailing matatus.

Digital rides-hailing company SWVL has picked former Uber Kenya Country Manager Dip Patel to head its local operations.

Dip takes over ranks from Sivachi Muleji who resigned from the role at the end of January having served on the top seat since May last year.

Confirming the appointment, SWVL co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mostafa Kandil said Dip is expected to lead the company into success in an increasingly growing urban commuter market.

“We see the Kenyan commuter market as one with great potential and with a gap that we are working to fill using technology, I am sure we have made the right choice,” he said.

Until his appointment, Dip was the Head of Growth at Apollo Agriculture- a Kenyan technology company that helps small-scale farmers maximize earnings.

Dip served as Uber Kenya Country Manager between October 2017 and June 2018 having first ventured as the company’s Marketing Manager for East Africa in December 2015.

He holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from the London School of Economics and an economics bachelor’s from the Vassar College.

Dip joins SWVL at a time when the firm remains locked in battle with the National Transports and Safety Authority (NTSA) over the licensing of ride hailing matatus.

The firm has nevertheless stood undeterred from the stand-off by doubling down on its network expansion efforts having first launched inter-city shuttle services before intensifying its reach within Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

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