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.
Cash-based assistance is an increasingly significant part of emergency response, and can be quicker, more efficient, and more end-user friendly than traditional in-kind assistance. To get cash transfers to people affected by humanitarian emergencies more quickly and effectively, humanitarian actors need to work with and leverage the experiences of private sector partners, and in particular […]