Premal Shah co-founded Kiva in 2005, and has worked to promote Kiva’s mission and reach more communities around the world for more than a decade.
His inspiration for Kiva came during a two month volunteer trip he took to India in 2004. During his trip he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can create access to opportunity for those who need it most.
Prior to Kiva, Shah worked at PayPal for six years as a principal product manager during the company’s early years. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and to Fortune Magazine’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ list for his work as a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Kiva.
He is a graduate of Stanford University.