deputy director | catalyst fund and inclusive fintech
Maelis is a deputy director of the Catalyst Fund program and of the Inclusive Fintech practice at BFA. Her work focuses on the business case of alternative delivery channels such as agent networks and mobile money and business models for financial service providers. She most recently managed OPTIX, helping financial institutions build better portfolios for their low-income customers. She joins BFA from the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), where she advised and worked with regional teams on microfinance projects globally and advised financial institutions on how to implement strategies for responsible financial inclusion to serve the under-banked. Maelis has previously worked directly on microfinance product development for Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, on development and climate change policy issues for the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), and impact investing for Global Partnerships, a not-for-profit impact investing fund dedicated to alleviate poverty in Latin America. Maelis also co-founded RemitMas – a digital remittances service for Latino immigrants in the US, which sparked her passion for entrepreneurship and fintech. Maelis holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master in International Affairs from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She received her BA Cum Laude from University College London, where she majored in Political Science and Economics. Maelis speaks English, French, Italian, and Spanish.