At Link Commerce our passion for eCommerce influences what we do every single day, it doesn’t matter if it is building a new merchant store or working with our amazing business partners who want to introduce eCommerce to their customers. We build innovative eCommerce technology tools for businesses to grow and merchants to expand fast into new markets globally at no risk.
Chris has over 22 years of experience in C level roles in marketing, technology development, and acquisition roles in various USA based High-Tech companies, and startups. Prior to developing the MallforAfrica app and platform Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc. a globally recognized, award winning Software and Web Design Agency serving clients such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, US Government, Visa, BestBuy, CapitalOne Finance, EMC and many other companies. Chris managed global relations with clients in over 50 countries and multi-million dollar projects.
Chris graduated from San Jose State University in the heart of the Silicon Valley with a BA in Marketing.
Mr. Tope Folayan has over 19 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Prior to joining MallforAfrica Tope was the CMO & CSO of a regional telecommunications company based in Nigeria. He has worked his way from engineering through management at ICT firms and from startups in Silicon Valley to Fortune 500 companies. He has a breadth of local and international experience from Raytheon and Hitachi in the US to HIP Consulting in Africa where he served clients such as the Nigerian government and the MTN group in South Africa.
Tope is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management holding an MBA and Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) degree. Tope also attended Stanford University where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Robert has over 18 years experience in the Internet sector, both operationally as an online company founder and also as a venture capitalist. Robert founded the Internet’s first dedicated fashion search engine in 2007 and in 2011, he launched the UK's first online personalised fashion sales service, which remains the UK’s market leader. The businesses were acquired in August 2016 by one of the world’s largest media companies. Previously Robert was a venture capitalist for over six years at a top performing IT, Internet and media fund in London, which achieved a top decile investment performance.
Robert also worked for several years in corporate finance in an M&A team in the London office of KPMG. Robert is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Securities Institute.
Faycal Ihrai is a French C-Level executive and entrepreneur with a strong eCommerce background within listed internet companies. Faycal has developed over these last 10 years some unique expertise on how eCommerce business opportunities evolve in emerging markets and the capabilities required to capture them. He spent 5 years at Booking.com, part of Priceline (Nasdaq: PCLN), where he actively participated in the company’s massive international expansion and it's journey in becoming the worldwide leading Online Travel Agency.
In 2013 Faycal was appointed CEO of jovago.com a Rocket Internet, Millicom and MTN online travel joint venture. In 2017 he joined Careem, MENA'S leading ride-hailing service after they closed their $500M funding where he acted as General Manager for North-Africa.
John qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant after training with Jaguar Rover Triumph Cars. He was also a prize winner in his MBA class at Ohio University, USA. John has worked internationally in senior finance roles with both Colgate Palmolive and DHL. Internationally with DHL, he was corporate controller and then CFO of the Danzas Group through its integration to become DHL Global Forwarding, before becoming European Accounting Director for Deutsche Post and subsequently CFO of DHL Freight. In the UK he was finance director with Wincanton Logistics and CFO of the Williams Lea Group during their integration into Deutsche Post. After leaving Williams Lea, John joined a Belgium eCommerce package forwarding start-up - Borderlinx - as CFO through a period of fast growth and the raising of 16 million Euros of investment.
Most recently, he worked in West Africa with owner entrepreneurs as COO managing business turnarounds and large scale investment projects. Since May 2016 he was a partner in an investment fund working with entrepreneurs and finding solutions to fund and build their businesses.
Prior to becoming the Global Operations Head, Christine successfully served the CCVRE for over 23 years. Her experience is vast managing more than $150 million in transactions throughout her career. Christine has been with MallforAfrica from conception where she has been an essential part of building the company’s site and operations. Christine oversees the daily functions for both United States and United Kingdom locations. She is accountable for Order Processing, Receiving/Shipping Logistics and Customer Service Coordination amongst all countries.
Christine received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Business Administration Degree from California State University, Stanislaus.