Industry Specialist, Digital Financial Services Financial Institutions Group – IFC
Margarete Biallas leads IFC’s Digital Financial Services practice with an active portfolio of 50+ advisory services clients. Previously, Ms. Biallas was responsible for IFC’s financial markets advisory work in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand, where she supported some of the earliest mobile financial services initiatives such as ANZ’s subsidiary WING. Before joining IFC, Ms. Biallas held different positions with KfW including as Senior Risk Manager, Credit Officer, Lead Investment Officer for global microfinance funds as well as investment officer roles in KfW’s Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa departments, leading investments in financial institutions.
Ms. Biallas started her career with a consulting firm, focusing on privatization and SME development.
She holds a Master‘s Degree in Economics from Hochschule fuer Wirtschaft und Politik in Hamburg, Germany, and a BSocSc from University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Ms. Biallas has set up two successful ventures providing education to young children in Germany.