Matthew SaalDigital Finance Specialist at International Finance Corporation
Matthew Saal is a Digital Finance Specialist in the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group. Matthew joined IFC in 2016, and covers digital financial services and credit infrastructure advisory work, partnerships, and investments in innovative financial services and embedded finance providers. During 2018-2019 Matthew was a World Bank Presidential Fellow seconded to the Finance Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, focused on fintech policy and fintech for inclusion.
Prior to joining IFC, Matthew was Associate Director in the Local Currency and Capital Markets Development initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 2010-2016. Matthew has had a longstanding focus on inclusive financial services and financial technology, having worked in emerging markets finance, private equity, venture capital, strategy and business development, consulting, and international economics, including a private equity fund focused on African banks, LabMorgan (the venture arm of JPMorgan), the International Monetary Fund, and Morgan Stanley. Matthew holds an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (Balliol College), where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He has published in the areas of fintech, banking, macroeconomic policy, financial systems structure, trade, and monetary policy instruments.