Thea Anderson

Director Financial Inclusion at Mercy Corps


Thea is Director for Financial Inclusion at Mercy Corps, a global development and humanitarian organization operating in over 40 countries. Thea is an accomplished expert in financial inclusion and digital financial services with a focus on fragile and conflict-affect environments. She focuses on financial inclusion, digital finance, payments, financial identity, and finance for displaced populations across the agency. She manages the agency’s technical team on electronic cash transfers in humanitarian response, and oversees partnerships with multi-national corporations, social enterprises, and technology companies. Thea has experience working across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, including 10 years of field-based management in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. She holds a BA from Guilford College, M.Ed from Harvard University, and MBA from Oxford University.