Max Mattern

Financial Sector Specialist

Max Mattern has nearly a decade of experience working in international development, much of which has focused on understanding the potential of financial services to improve the lives of the economically and socially excluded. He currently manages CGAP’s work in Ghana, which aims to build a more robust and inclusive digital financial services ecosystem in the country. Additionally, Mr. Mattern contributes to CGAP’s work exploring links between financial services and development outcomes, with a focus on innovations in financing for productive assets.

Before joining CGAP, Mr. Mattern worked at the World Bank. In addition to his experience in financial inclusion, his previous roles include consulting and research in rural and agricultural development, nutrition, and food security. His work has spanned countries and continents, with regional concentrations in the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Mattern has a Master’s degree in International Business and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Arizona. He is fluent in French.

By Max Mattern

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Where Do We PAYGo from Here? PAYGo Beyond Solar

Pay-as-you-go financing is increasing poor people’s access to life-changing assets beyond home solar systems, from solar-powered water pumps to smartphones.
Research

Exploring Blockchain Applications to Agricultural Finance

Learn about how distributed ledger technologies can be applied to agricultural finance in developing countries.
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How Ghana Became One of Africa’s Top Mobile Money Markets

Mobile money account ownership tripled in Ghana from 2014 to 2017, making the country one of the fastest growing mobile money markets in Africa. How? Smart regulations played a key role.
Research

Building Inclusive Payment Ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, new success stories are playing out, yet little is understood about the approaches many countries in the region have taken to develop inclusive payment ecosystems. CGAP set out to examine pathways to inclusive payment ecosystems in two Sub-Saharan African countries, Tanzania and Ghana, to learn from their experiences.
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More than Human ATMs: The Potential of Empowered Agents

Using mobile technology to empower agents to do more than collect payments, a Senegalese agridealer grew sales, cut costs and made its customers happier.