Mathew Saal

Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

Mathew Saal is a Lead Financial Sector Specialist in the World Bank Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, on secondment from IFC, where he was heading the Digital Finance section within the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group.

Prior to joining IFC in 2016, Matthew worked in emerging market finance, private equity, venture capital, strategy and business development, consulting, and international economics. He has had a longstanding focus on financial services and financial technology, including:

  • Programming automated equity valuation and portfolio optimization systems at Morgan Stanley;
  • Strategy and business development at a fintech startup;
  • Venture development at LabMorgan, JPMorgan’s e-financial services venture arm; and
  • Mentor at Startup Bootcamp and Barclays Techstars Fintech accelerators in London and angel investor.

Matthew has published on fintech-bank partnerships, banking, macroeconomic policy, financial systems structure, trade, and monetary policy instruments, and is the co-inventor on three patents related to electronic invoicing. Matthew holds B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (Balliol College), where he studied as a Marshall Scholar.