Meet the family

Our Leadership Team


Zubair Hussain

Certified Azure, AWS, and DevOps Expert
With more than 15 years of experience in bespoke software development, Zubair has worked extensively in the public, retail, and banking sectors. He has particular expertise in integrations and payments processing.  

Prior to founding Mad Panda, Zubair was a senior software engineer and independent contractor. Over the years, he noticed something is very broken within tech contracting. Too often, a lack of accountability leads to unnecessary time and budget overruns. This inspired Zubair to offer something new…something better.

Mad Panda’s mission is to provide expert fintech solutions at transparent, predictable costs. Our innovative Development-as-a-Service incentivises fast, efficient development.

In his spare time, Zubair spends time with his family and is partial to a spot of drum and bass!
Head of engineering

Joel Blake

Expert in full-stack development of cloud-based solutions
Joel has more than 15 years experience working with high profile clients in the financial services, consultancy, property management, and software industries. An adaptable and passionate Senior Full-Stack Developer, Joel is skilled at leading Agile teams and mentoring junior team members. He is experienced in sprint planning, requirements gathering, and architectural decision-making. He also prides himself on being a strong, credible communicator with staff, clients and partners alike.

Joel specialises in backend development of cloud based, C#.NET solutions. He is a keen learner and is constantly building his skillset. He nurtures his interest in new and emerging technology by attending meetups & conferences, and has also undertaken personal projects using React, Azure, ASP.NET Core, Docker & OAuth2.

In his spare time, Joel is a keen runner completing two half-marathons since 2019 and training for a third. Also, a big fan of cake.
head of quality assurance

Shehzad “Shez” Munawar

A ISTQB-BCS Certified Senior Developer In Test
Shehzad’s outstanding work ethic, energy and confidence is the secret to his success as a senior developer. With more than 13 years experience in IT, Shez has gained a multitude of diverse skills and knowledge within FTSE100/Blue chip and financial services.

Shez has a strong academic background which includes an undergraduate in economics and mathematics, MCSD certification in computer sciences, and a Masters in IT. In 2020, he undertook an important project with the Department of Health & Social Care as a SDET C# .Net, Performance Tester for an application that digitised and automated the on-boarding process of health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shez is a friendly, expert communicator with an aptitude for building strong professional relationships.

In his spare time, he enjoys rice pudding, playing cricket, and solving puzzles.