Margarete Biallas leads IFC’s DFS practice and in this role has provided support to 50+ IFC clients in strategic and business planning on mobile and digital banking across the globe. Previously, Ms. Biallas was responsible for IFC’s financial markets advisory work in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR, where she supported some of the earliest mobile financial services initiatives such as ANZ’s subsidiary WING. Before joining IFC, Ms. Biallas held different roles positions with KfW including Senior Risk Manager, Credit Officer, Lead Investment Officer for global microfinance funds as well as various positions 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.