Our Mission

We believe that financial freedom should be within everyone's reach. Whether dealing with everyday spending, retirement, or buying a home, everyone should have the information and tools they need to make the best decisions. We built Savings Hippo in order to bring the best advice from top experts to the reach of everyday people.

Meet the team behind SavingsHippo

Hanif Bayat
Founder & CEO
Dr. Hanif Bayat is the CEO and Founder of SavingsHippo Leads. He founded SavingsHippo Leads after realizing the untapped potential in the real estate market for an agent marketplace. He has had extensive experience as a Quantitative Analyst at RBC and BMO, engineering mathematical models to predict market behavior. A Ph.D graduate in Computational Chemical Physics from the University of Toronto, he has worked with quantitative models in other fields for decades and has published numerous papers and reports about topics such as protein folding and liquid crystals.
David Zhao
Editor and VP of Product Development
David Zhao is the Editor VP of Product Development at SavingsHippo. He leads the SavingsHippo development team with a mission to create the best experience for our users. He has experience across a wide range of competencies ranging from cloud infrastructure to finance and real estate. He has previously worked at RBC and a leading LMS technology company.
Sumant Mathur
US Product Manager
Sumant Mathur is a Product Content Manager at SavingsHippo, in charge of developing content for SavingsHippo’s USA expansion. He has extensive experience in both retail and corporate finance from his previous role at BMO Financial Group. He has also worked on Quality and Risk Management at Deloitte Canada. Apart from work, he enjoys trading stocks and cryptocurrency, helping non-profit organizations, and playing soccer. He has a B.Comm. from Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto.
Jimmy Nguyen
Financial/Real Estate Content Architect
Jimmy Nguyen is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at SavingsHippo. He also serves as the Vice President for the Political Science and Pre-Law Association at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). He has previously worked at a Toronto-based investment group and the Department of Management at UTM. He has a B. Comm from the University of Toronto where he was a finalist in the Rotman Portfolio Management Competition and is currently pursuing a CFA certification.
Karen Fu
Financial/Real Estate Content Architect
Karen Fu is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at SavingsHippo. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Music. Karen has previously held positions as a CPA Articling Student at MNP and as an Accounting Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. She is passionate about finance and real estate and enjoys reading and playing violin in her spare time.
Kevin Lai
Financial/Real Estate Content Architect
Kevin Lai is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at SavingsHippo. He is a fintech specialist with an interest in algorithmic trading. He has previously worked at BMO and is a Research Associate of the Rotman Commerce FinTech Association. He is currently studying Finance and Economics with a CS minor at the University of Toronto.
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