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Matthew Saal

Matthew Saal

International Finance Corporation

Mr. Saal heads IFC’s Digital Financial Services Practice within the Financial Institutions Department, covering both DFS advisory and investment work. Before joining IFC he was Associate Director in the Local Currency and Capital Markets Development initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In addition, Matthew contributed to initiatives on mobile money and SME finance as part of broader financial infrastructure and financial access investment programs, advised the African Development Bank on initiatives and partnerships in digital financial services, and was involved in sourcing and vetting potential financial technology investments. Prior to joining EBRD in 2010, Matthew worked in emerging markets finance, private equity, venture capital, strategy and business development, consulting, and international economics. Matthew has had a longstanding focus on financial services and financial technology, including:

  • Automated valuation and portfolio optimization systems at Morgan Stanley
  • FIG strategy consulting, including technology strategy and payments infrastructure for global banks; and
  • Strategy and business development for a fintech startup, and co-inventor of its patented business process for invoice financing
  • Venture development at LabMorgan, JPMorgan’s e-financial services venture arm
  • Private equity fund focused on emerging markets banks, looking to drive product innovation to deliver financial access
  • Mentor at Startup Bootcamp and Barclays Techstars Fintech accelerators in London

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