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

Dr. Hanif Bayat is the CEO and Founder of WOWA Leads. He founded WOWA 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 is the Chief Technology Officer at WOWA Leads. He leads the WOWA 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.
Agnes Lin is a Full-Stack Developer at WOWA Leads. She has an extensive background in Typescript and Node.js microservices. She previously worked at IBM on the LoopBack API middleware team. She has a B.Sc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
Shawn Li is a Product and Cloud Solutions Engineer at WOWA. He has previously worked at Sinopec and has a M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He specializes in cloud computing and data analysis and has led cloud-native projects with real-time data aggregation and analysis.
Anirudh Kalia is a Full Stack Developer at WOWA. He has a passion for frontend and has experience with both Vue.js and React.js. He is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto and is an active member of the Rotman Commerce FinTech Association. He has previously developed an online real-time trading platform and an online Python IDE.
Jimmy Nguyen is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at WOWA. 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.
Kevin Lai is a Financial and Real Estate Content Architect at WOWA. 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.
Mathew Vanderhoeff is a Financial & Real Estate Writer at WOWA. He has a passion for in-depth financial analysis and is a Head Analyst at King’s Capital Management. He previously founded his own investment research group and has experience working at Coldwell Banker. He is currently pursuing a HBA at Ivey Business School.
Sumant Mathur is a Product Content Manager at WOWA, in charge of developing content for WOWA’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.