We’re a passionate team of global citizens helping students from around the world pursue their dreams

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Everyone has a future 

worth supporting

MPOWER was founded in 2014 by Manu Smadja and Mike Davis, two former international students with a shared dream: to remove the financial obstacles students often face when pursuing an international education.

To do this, they would make loans based on a student’s future potential — not their past. Since then, MPOWER is proud to have helped thousands of students achieve their dream of studying abroad. International students work hard — they deserve a partner who will help them access the education and opportunities they need to achieve their dreams.

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Our commitment

As a proud Public Benefit Corporation, we're dedicated to making a positive impact in the world that goes beyond accomplishing our financial and strategic goals. Our values guide the decisions we make as individuals and as a company in pursuit of this commitment.

We’re compassionate and data-driven.

Our focus on data and impact is even more powerful because it centers on the people at the heart of our work.

We’re committed to excellence and inclusion.

Our ability to provide excellent support to students around the world stems from the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of our team.

We’re bold, with unwavering integrity.

Our authentic passion for this work drives us to show up with empathy and think big.

Student success by the numbers

We understand the unique and complex journey of international students. We’re proud to offer students support at every stage of their journey, from scholarships and student loans to immigration support and career services. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:

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students graduated


of customers rated themselves happy or satisfied with our service


of students couldn’t have financed their education without us


of graduates work in STEM


of customers are first-generation college students

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Our people

We’re proud to have a growing team as diverse as the people we serve. We’re an international group that’s dedicated to data, excellence and inclusion – continuously striving to promote the benefits of education to students around the globe.  

Leadership Team

Emmanuel (Manu) Smadja

CEO, Co-founder, and Board Chairman

Rob Partlow


Gabriel Bustamante

EVP of Sales

Pari Lennartz

VP of Engineering

Bob Alexander

VP of Finance

Kishore Nair

Associate Vice President of Credit Analytics

Christopher Zaki

VP of Capital Markets

Sasha Ramani

Director of Corporate Strategy

Jennifer White

Global Business Development

Lisa Kaplan

Senior Director of Head of Digital Platforms

Mack Wallace

Senior Director of Product

Duncan Moss

Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Claire Almand

Associate Director of Marketing

Emily Herman

Senior Director of University Relations

Jesse Dyer

Director of North American Partnerships

Mario Zhang

Director of Technical Accounting

Sabrina Shaikh

Director of Sales Operations & Analytics

Ashish Agarwal

Associate Director of Analytics

Bryanna Davis

Associate Director of Content Strategy

Board of Directors

Sam Alcoff

Founding partner of Tilden Park Capital Management LP

Chris Gamaitoni

Managing Director at Tilden Park Capital Management LP

Scott Wede

President and CFO of Conventus Lending

Manolo Sánchez

Founder of Adelante Ventures LLC

Marla Blow

President and COO of the Skoll Foundation

Phillip Riese

President of Riese & Others

Jatin Rajput

Founder of Ad-In Ventures

Mukul Gulati

Managing Partner of Zephyr Peacock

Our Investors


Read the latest updates, announcements, and new offerings from our team. 

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Featured mentions

American Banker

Best Fintech to Work for in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022

We’re proud to be one of the best fintech’s to work for five years in a row!


Top Midsize Company in Greater D.C.

On the corporate diversity index ranked #1 for midsize companies in greater D.C.


Rated Best International Student Loan by Nerdwallet

Best for international students without a cosigner.


Fantastic Service Reviews from Customers

96% of our customers report being “happy” or “satisfied” with our level of service.

DISCLAIMER – Subject to credit approval, loans are made by Bank of Lake Mills or MPOWER Financing, PBC. Bank of Lake Mills does not have an ownership interest in MPOWER Financing. Neither MPOWER Financing nor Bank of Lake Mills is affiliated with the school you attended or are attending. Bank of Lake Mills is Member FDIC. None of the information contained in this website constitutes a recommendation, solicitation or offer by MPOWER Financing or its affiliates to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments or other assets or provide any investment advice or service.

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