We’re Changing The Way The World Works

Andela exists to ensure technologists have access to equal opportunity regardless of where they live. Our digital talent solve complex and compelling problems, changing their career trajectory and quality of life, while companies can craft a workforce that represents the world around them with lower costs, faster speed, and greater flexibility.

We believe that brilliance is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.” 

No matter where they are or what barriers they face, brilliant people and companies who believe in a better way can find each other, improve together, and build amazing things for the world.

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Our mission

We envision a borderless world where the right person is chosen to do the job, no matter where they live. Where an organization in need of digital talent can quickly and easily scale up or down to meet their evolving needs. Where brilliant people in untapped markets establish meaningful relationships with the world’s best brands.

Andela At A Glance

Founded

2014
Founded in Lagos, Nigeria to train the next generation of developers.

Global Talent Marketplace

150
K
Access a diverse marketplace of
global talent.

Countries

135
+
Digital talent is ready and available in more than 175 countries, bringing diversity of thought to your table.

Client Satisfaction

98
%
Clients are overwhelmingly satisfied with the overall quality of Andela’s talent.

Clients Served

600
+
More than 600 organizations have realized the benefits of borderless hiring.

Fully Remote Since

2020
We walk the walk. Andela is a fully remote company with employees in 24 countries.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Jeremy Johnson

Co-Founder & CEO
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Jeremy Johnson
Co-Founder & CEO

Jeremy Johnson co-founded Andela in 2014 on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.  A decade later, he maintains that no matter where they are or what barriers they face, brilliant people and companies who believe in a better way can find each other, improve together, and build amazing things for the world. Prior to Andela, Jeremy co-founded 2U, which powers world-class online education and is a global leader in the space.

Recognized broadly for his work as an innovator in education technology and the future of work, Jeremy has spoken at the White House and Congress and most major global tech conferences. He has been recognized by Fast Company as “One of the 100 Most Creative in Business”; by Goldman Sachs as “One of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs”; and by his Samoyed, Scout, as “The World’s Best Provider of Treats.”    

Outside of Andela, Jeremy serves on the Presidential Advisory Board for Job Creation for the African Development Bank, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served as a Member of The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has co-authored a book for the World Economic Forum entitled Education & Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches.

Kelly Wenzel

Chief Marketing Officer
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Kelly Wenzel
Chief Marketing Officer

Kelly Wenzel is a dynamic, award-winning marketing executive with 30 years of experience, known for crafting go-to-market strategies that fuel scalable growth. As a six-time CMO, her career has spanned high-growth startups and challenger brands as well as scaled business units at Amazon.

One of Kelly's defining strengths is her proven track record with two-sided marketplaces; she set global, B2B2C go-to-market strategy for firms like Contently and Amazon Pay. Most recently she led B2B and developer marketing for Amazon Alexa. 

Beyond her impressive career achievements, Kelly is recognized for her transformational leadership style, characterized by a relentless growth mindset and a proven track record of building high-performing teams. She is a certified Conscious Leadership coach, a passionate advocate for women leaders, and deeply committed to mentorship. 

Kelly self-describes as a “drinker of wine, lover of life, believer in gratitude.” She resides in Florida with her husband and 14-year-old twins. 

Tony Capasso

Chief Operating Officer
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Tony Capasso
Chief Operating Officer

Tony Capasso joined Andela as Chief Business Officer in April 2023, to oversee the company's marketplace, serving both businesses and technologists. He leads the revenue, client success, and talent functions, driving growth and creating opportunities for talented individuals around the world.

He’s also a Venture Partner at ATX Venture Partners, an early-stage VC firm, leveraging his experience as a growth leader and operating advisor to support and mentor portfolio companies in scaling their go-to-market strategies and building strategic partnerships. Tony has enjoyed a long and successful career with senior revenue leadership positions at firms like Auctane, Bazaarvoice, Civitas Learning, and WorkTango.

Tony started his professional career as a college soccer coach at the University of Texas and was an all-American soccer player and team captain at the University of Notre Dame. He also played soccer professionally and competed for the Canadian Olympic soccer team. Tony remains in Texas with his family where he is active in his community.

Jeff Pedersen

Chief Financial Officer
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Jeff Pedersen
Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Pedersen has been with Andela as CFO since late 2022. An accomplished, results-driven senior financial executive with a proven track record providing the financial, strategic, and operational leadership to decrease costs, improve efficiencies, and manage fiscal administration. Jeff is known for building world-class inspired teams and solving large-scale problems combined with extensive global experience.

Jeff brings a well-balanced combination of expertise in global market strategy and international business protocols and processes, particularly through doing business and managing teams in Asia and Europe. He has held numerous senior finance roles with companies including IBM, Dell, and Amazon.

He holds a Master of Science in Management from Purdue University with a concentration in Finance, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Iowa State University, where he majored in Finance and minored in Economics.

Jeff calls New York home where he resides with his family and enjoys spending time with them on the beach, fishing, and attending sporting events, including hockey, baseball, and football.

Alvaro Oliveira

Chief Talent Officer & SVP of Engineering
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Alvaro Oliveira
Chief Talent Officer & SVP of Engineering

With more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Alvaro Oliveira has a passion for building and leading high-performing teams that deliver innovative solutions and exceptional talent experiences. As Chief Talent Officer and SVP of Engineering at Andela, his responsibilities span talent assessment, acquisition, matching, experience, and partnerships, ensuring Andela consistently delivers top-notch talent experiences. He leads the engineering team responsible for our world-class, platform-based marketplace, serving both technologists and clients. 

Previously, Alvaro was the VP of Talent Operations for Toptal; he has held various technical roles for companies such as Round Pegs, TechTeam Global, Kenos, The Bristol Group, and The Wornick Company.

São José dos Campos, Brazil is home to Alvaro and his family, where he fills his leisure time with Beach Tennis and playing with his young son.

Courtney Machi

VP, Product
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Courtney Machi
VP, Product

Courtney Machi brings Andela’s vision of connecting brilliance with opportunity to life through our technology offerings, including Andela Talent Cloud, the proprietary AI-powered platform that streamlines the global hiring process, helping customers save time and money.

A seasoned leader with more than 15 years of experience, Courtney has held key product leadership roles at Anaplan and Toptal, where she played pivotal roles in product strategy through the hypergrowth of both companies and IPO of the latter. Her ability to build and scale high-performing teams, shape product direction and deliver value to customers has made her a leader in the space. She has spoken at numerous industry events on product and the global workforce and was named one of the Top 25 Software Executives of 2022 by The Software Report.

Before the arrival of her daughter, Courtney operated as a digital nomad, living and working in different countries around the world. She is passionate about remote work and scaling distributed teams — even from her new home base in south Florida.

Kate Holowink

Chief of Staff
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Kate Holowink
Chief of Staff

Kate Holowink joined Andela in 2022 as the Chief of Staff to the CEO. Prior to Andela, she spent her career in financial institutions, most recently at Goldman Sachs as the Director of Staffing and Operations within CWM and previously at JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Bridgewater Associates in various operational and strategy roles.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University summa cum laude in 2005. 

Kate lives in Southlake, Texas with her husband and two young children.

Kishore Rachapudi

Chief Revenue Officer
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Kishore Rachapudi
Chief Revenue Officer

Citing our compelling mission as the key driver for joining Andela, Kishore Rachapudi has 30 years of experience in sales, delivery, and business leadership within the technology consulting and outsourcing sectors. As Andela’s CRO, he spearheads revenue initiatives, drawing on his extensive experience in building and growing businesses, cultivating lasting customer relationships, and nurturing leadership talent. 

Prior to Andela, Kishore served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Thoughtworks North America, where he played a pivotal role in driving strategic change and overseeing revenue and growth for nearly eight years. Before his time at Thoughtworks, Kishore held key leadership positions, serving as the Global Head of HiTech and Consumer Electronics business at Wipro Technologies, President & COO of Take Solutions, and Senior VP and Global Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences business at Satyam Computer Services Limited (now Tech Mahindra).

Kishore holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical & electronics engineering from BITS, Pilani, and a certificate in leading strategic growth and change from Columbia Business School. He lives in New Jersey with his family where he enjoys yoga, travel, and outdoor activities.

Lila Millsap

VP, People
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Lila Millsap
VP, People

Lila Millsap is an influential leader noted for crafting transformative solutions that cultivate exceptional employee experiences and foster inclusive cultures across global remote teams. As the VP of People at Andela, Lila is actively creating a positive organizational culture that fosters growth, innovation, and high performance with a focus on sustainable results.  

Prior to her role at Andela, she served as VP of People at InVision, where she employed innovative approaches to the talent lifecycle. This, coupled with her adeptness in implementing HR as a product, contributed significantly to InVision's success. 

With a Master's degree in HR Management and a background in People Business Partnership, Lila brings a unique blend of creativity and strategic acumen to her leadership roles. Her passion for empowering teams to thrive in remote environments, coupled with her deep understanding of global talent dynamics, positions her as a trailblazer in the realm of remote culture building and people leadership. 

Lila is a California native where she lives with her husband and 17 year old step-daughter. When not deep in thought partnership you'll likely find her on a hiking trail or some other outdoor adventure. 

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