Co-Founder & CEO, First Access

Nicole Van Der Tuin is the CEO of First Access, a fintech platform helping emerging market lenders reach underserved customers faster. Lenders have saved customers over 118,000 days of wait time by fast-tracking loans on First Access. Ranked as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Nicole is a thought leader in financial inclusion who has lived on five continents and speaks five languages.

First Access has been selected by Unreasonable Goals 2018 for SDG #1 (Poverty), by Entrepreneur Magazine for the Brilliant 100, by MIT for the Zambezi Prize, by MasterCard Foundation for its Fund for Rural Prosperity, and by PopTech for Social Innovation. Featured in over 70 industry events and publications, including The Financial Times, The Economist, and Forbes, First Access has contributed to consumer protection with the Center for Financial Inclusion, IFC’s SME Finance Forum, The World Bank, the Basel Committee, and the G20.