EFL is on a roll hiring incredible new talent to lead our growing, global team. Sheinal Bhuralal recently joined EFL as Managing Director for Asia and Africa. Sheinal is based in Singapore and will spend his time throughout Asia and Africa. Learn more about Sheinal’s hopes, dreams and his path to EFL in the following interview.
How did you first learn about EFL?
Mine was a rather circuitous path to EFL! I was at the time working on a startup idea with some colleagues on the Sloan Fellows Program at MIT.
Asim Khwaja presented on EFL during one of our classes on emerging technologies in the financial services space.
I was inspired by the work being done – both from a mission standpoint and analytics standpoint – and was keen to engage Asim on his views and advice for our own business idea and hence reached out to him to learn more.
It was a fascinating conversation that led to subsequent conversations with EFL’s CEO, Jared Miller, and several people on the management team, in which we explored the potential for me to join the company.
Well, one thing led to another, and soon I found myself with an offer in hand to join EFL as Managing Director of Asia & Africa. Couldn’t be happier with the decision!
What excites you most about EFL’s potential and opportunity?
Clearly, and I think all ELFs will tell you this, the impact we can have in the world around us is amazing. That, plus the ability to partner with financial institutions with a truly unique offering, is something that I think makes EFL an exciting place to be.
What keeps you up at night as you are getting ramped at EFL?
I sleep pretty well at night, and my wife will attest. What I think about though is what we need to do as an organisation to really fulfill our potential. That mostly means our team, our processes and our relationships with our partners.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I genuinely feel like a global citizen. Whilst born in the U.K., I spent several years growing up in Portugal. My parents are second generation Indian and were both born in Mozambique. I’ve spent the majority of my career in Asia and my wife is from Hong Kong.
Where do you see EFL in 5-10 years time?
I see us as the dominant alternative data scoring and lending partner to lenders globally.