Pieter Nel is a technology executive, entrepreneur and mobile internet expert. He has a deep understanding of emerging market internet dynamics through various C-level roles at leading mobile platforms. He was CTO of mobile instant messenger Mxit that pioneered mobile instant messaging, in-app purchases and chatbots in 2006. As CEO and co-founder of Kuza Mobile he aimed to empower emerging market entrepreneurs through a mobile trading platform. Most recently he served as EVP Operations at YouNow, a New York-based mobile video streaming company attracting in excess of 100 million sessions a month from users in the Middle East, South and North America. He has advised a range of mobile technology companies including Tencent WeChat and NTT DoCoMo.
Pieter holds a Masters degree in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, where he specialized in machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to speech recognition. As a Sloan Fellow, he gained an MBA from MIT, pursuing his interest in mobile technology and emerging markets with funding from the Legatum Center and Mastercard Foundation. Pieter is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
He spends his free time as a pilot, yacht skipper, scuba diver, kitesurfer and mountain rescue volunteer.