Karishma Patel Buford

Chief People Officer OppLoans

Karishma Patel Buford is the Chief People Officer for OppLoans, a consumer financial lending platform. In this role, she is responsible for setting the HR foundation by designing the longer-term vision, mission, and brand for Human Resources and delivering world-class people programs & practices that shape the culture and fuel the next stages of business growth. Her team’s mission to the hire the best talent and empower them to do their best work.

Prior to OppLoans in January of 2019, Karishma was the Vice President of Talent Management at Groupon where she owned Global Talent Development and Talent Acquisition with a team across 15 countries. Previous to this role, Karishma also owned Diversity and Inclusion at Groupon where she was responsible for leading initiatives to promote workforce diversity and to build an inclusive culture.

Before joining Groupon in January 2016, Karishma was Head of Talent Management for BAE Systems Inc. – a global defense firm with 35,000 employees. From 2007 to 2011, she was a Senior Consultant with PDI Ninth House, a leadership solutions consulting firm. And prior to 2007, she worked extensively with physician and academic faculty leaders in healthcare and educational settings as an executive coach.


Karishma received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and mini-MBA certification from St. Thomas University, Opus College of Business, in Minnesota. 

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