Co-Founder & Executive Vice President


Hamse Warfa works at the intersection of community building, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship for over the past 20 years. He is deeply passionate about rewriting and changing the social and economic ‘rules’ and systems that marginalize and exclude people from opportunities to live their lives with dignity.

Hamse is the founder and Principal of Tayo Consulting Group LLC (TAYO), a professional services firm comprised of cross-sector experts with deep experience in human development and poverty solutions. 

Hamse is also the co-founder and Executive Vice President of BanQu, an MIT Innovation award winner, software technology company working to eradicate poverty by connecting the unbanked to the global economy through a secure, portable digital economic identity that allows economically marginalized people including refugees and the displaced to access markets and financing opportunities. BanQu was recognized by the Obama administration as a leader in its field and invited it to the 2016 White House Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

Hamse brings the unique experience of being displaced by war as a child, living as a refugee in East Africa and immigrating to the United States. Born in Somalia, Hamse escaped Somalia’s civil war and spent three years living in Kenyan refugee camps before moving with his family to the United States in 1994.