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SWVL Appoints Former Uber Kenya Country Manager Its New GM

Egyptian shuttle-hailing company SWVL has today announced the appointment of Dip Patel as its General Manager in Kenya.

Until his appointment at SWVL, Patel was the Head of Growth at Apollo Agriculture – a Kenyan technology company that helps small-scale farmers maximize their profits. Prior to that, he served as Uber’s Country Manager in Kenya having started as the company’s first Marketing Manager for East Africa, a role that saw him contribute to the brand’s launch and growth in the region. His success led him to an Operations and Logistics Manager position at Uber through which he launched state-of-the-art support centres focusing on driver growth and engagement across East Africa.

“We see the Kenyan commuter market as one with great potential and with a gap that we are working to fill using technology. We, therefore, needed to carefully select an individual with extensive experience in the Kenyan tech space and a passion for impacting the daily lives of commuters. I am sure we have made the right choice,” Mostafa Kandil, SWVL Co-Founder and CEO, said adding that SWVL is excited to bring Dip on board to head the Kenyan business.

Patel Dip is a Kenyan national who grew up in Nairobi, pursued tertiary education abroad and returned home where he is pursuing his passion for implementing technological solutions to impact people’s daily lives.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting, Organisations and Institutions from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Politics from Vassar College in New York and an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi.

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