Matt Leonard

Matt has been working with the IFC’s Microfinance team in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region since 2011 and has been leading several Risk Management and SME finance advisory projects. He also has worked on the topics of credit bureau, mobile/branchless banking and responsible finance, both at IFC and in his previous positions with MicroSave, Save the Children and the UN Capital Development Fund. Overall, he has over 12 years of experience including positions and consultancies in microfinance, youth and livelihoods in the US, South and East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

By Matt Leonard


The Importance of Being a Reliable Partner in a Time of Crisis

With a series of crises unfolding throughout much of the Arab world today, the donor community has been challenged to find appropriate ways to address the widespread loss and increasing vulnerability in the region.

G2P Starts with Government to the Poorest in Fiji

Fiji’s government is now insisting that all communal land lease payments, mostly to rural communities, must move to electronic payment. Financial institutions, government ministries and Central Banks around the region have their eyes trained on Fiji, watching the latest evidence of viable financial inclusion efforts unfold in the Pacific.