Michael Tarazi leads CGAP’s Member Engagement and Governance team, managing member relations and CGAP’s governance, and overseeing CGAP’s sector support project. Michael has over a decade of experience in development finance, having previously launched and managed CGAP’s work in financial innovation for smallholder families, and led CGAP’s efforts in branchless banking regulation. He has worked with regulators around the world to develop regulatory frameworks and has also taught branchless banking at the Boulder Institute for Microfinance.
Before joining CGAP, Michael was a corporate attorney in private practice and served as the European General Counsel to a U.S. company providing digital payment services to developing countries. He also served as an adviser to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Michael was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has a Law degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He speaks Arabic and French.