Malika Anand

Malika Anand

Head of Insights & Learning, Catalyst Fund

Malika is Head of Insights & Learning for Catalyst Fund. Malika is responsible for extracting, authoring, and packaging insights from Venture Building and our Circles in order to support the growth of the inclusive fintech sector. She facilitates learning with other fintech accelerators via Catalyst Fund’s XL Labs as well as a partnership with the MIX to develop inclusivity resources. Malika also supports Knowledge Management across BFA Global by facilitating a firm-wide learning agenda, and authoring and editing knowledge resources. She has worked in financial inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and user experience at CGAP, The Coca-Cola Company, and various social enterprises. She holds an MPAID from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Public Service Scholar and a BA from the University of Chicago, and was a Fulbright Fellow in the Dominican Republic.

Publications by this author

Conoce a Mango Life, que permite a los mexicanos adquirir fácilmente seguros de vida y salud
Inclusive Fintech |

Conoce a Mango Life, que permite a los mexicanos adquirir fácilmente seguros de vida y salud

In English   La penetración de seguros en México es extremadamente baja, solo el 15% de los mexicanos tiene...

By Malika Anand
Is your fintech startup still using Google Sheets?
Inclusive Fintech |

Is your fintech startup still using Google Sheets?

When launching fintech startups, founders often resort to the simple, free tools they know best. When it comes to...

By Malika Anand
Meet Paymenow, a financial wellness app helping South Africans escape debt cycles via access to liquidity
Financial Health |

Meet Paymenow, a financial wellness app helping South Africans escape debt cycles via access to liquidity

Paymenow gives low-income South Africans early access to the wages they have already earned, to smooth their income while...

By Malika Anand
Meet Mango Life, enabling Mexicans to easily purchase affordable life and health insurance
Inclusive Fintech |

Meet Mango Life, enabling Mexicans to easily purchase affordable life and health insurance

En Español   Insurance penetration in Mexico is extremely low, only 15% of Mexicans have private life insurance, and...

By Malika Anand
Meet WellaHealth, bringing tailored micro-insurance products to Nigerians
Financial Health |

Meet WellaHealth, bringing tailored micro-insurance products to Nigerians

Nigeria accounts for 25% of malaria cases worldwide and 19% of all deaths. Although malaria is eminently curable, most...

By Malika Anand
Meet KarmaLife, bringing financial services to gig workers in India
Financial Health |

Meet KarmaLife, bringing financial services to gig workers in India

Digital platforms in India will employ 15 million people by 2021. While these gig-workers are not formally employed by...

By Malika Anand
Meet Flex Finance, the solution to digitize Nigerian SMEs
Financial Health |

Meet Flex Finance, the solution to digitize Nigerian SMEs

  Flex Finance provides SMEs in Nigeria with a simple mobile app to track, optimize, and gain insights from...

By Malika Anand
Cowrywise inspires young Nigerians to save and invest
Inclusive Fintech |

Cowrywise inspires young Nigerians to save and invest

More than ever, it is clear that digital banking and app-based financial services are the way forward. Pandemic and...

By Malika Anand
Destacame enables financial health for Chileans and Mexicans
Financial Health |

Destacame enables financial health for Chileans and Mexicans

Catalyst Fund portfolio company Destacame makes strides toward improving financial health for Chileans and Mexicans  Destacame joined Catalyst Fund...

By Malika Anand
Meet Meerkat, the savings and debt management solution designed to improve the financial health of South Africans
Inclusive Fintech |

Meet Meerkat, the savings and debt management solution designed to improve the financial health of South Africans

Meerkat aims to improve the financial health of South Africans, with digital solutions that have savings at the heart...

By Malika Anand
What Colombia-based Rappi can learn from Chinese logistics providers in response to COVID-19
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

What Colombia-based Rappi can learn from Chinese logistics providers in response to COVID-19

  As of last weekend, Colombia had 210 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 88 of which were in Bogotá and...

By Malika Anand
Meet Cowrywise, the smart savings and investment app for Nigerian youth
Inclusive Fintech |

Meet Cowrywise, the smart savings and investment app for Nigerian youth

Cowrywise is helping Nigeria’s youth to better plan for their financial futures Catalyst Fund accelerates startups that excel on...

By Malika Anand
Lean user research: How Diin sequenced data analysis and user interviews to generate insights
Inclusive Fintech |

Lean user research: How Diin sequenced data analysis and user interviews to generate insights

Startups typically chase growth by acquiring more and more customers. It is tempting to interpret more customers as a...

By Malika Anand
Accelerating to Investment: Four Strategies for Securing Follow-on Funding for Fintech Startups
Inclusive Fintech |

Accelerating to Investment: Four Strategies for Securing Follow-on Funding for Fintech Startups

The goal for every startup — fintech or otherwise — is securing funding for growth. Yet most fintech startups...

By Malika Anand

Related Co-Authored articles

Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech
Digital Financial Services |

Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech

Alongside product-market fit and adequate control of data, underlying tech quality is a key determinant of whether a startup...

By Matt Grasser
Toolkit assists government agencies to design AML/CFT SupTech roadmaps
Policy and Regulation |

Toolkit assists government agencies to design AML/CFT SupTech roadmaps

The capacity to adopt Supervisory technology (SupTech) solutions varies widely. Anti-money laundering and combating of financing of terrorism (AML/CFT)...

By Simone di Castri
Corona Case Studies: ‘Waiting for nothing’
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

Corona Case Studies: ‘Waiting for nothing’

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, June 12, 2020  Agnes, 45, lives in rural Makueni with her children...

By Julie Zollmann
Economic prospects for Kenya in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
Digital Financial Services |

Economic prospects for Kenya in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, May 29, 2020  The infection rate of COVID-19 is as yet low...

By Amolo Ng'weno
Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão
Financial Health |

Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão

A former securities broker and two-time entrepreneur, Monica Saccarelli was the first female partner at Brazilian brokerage house Link...

By Thea Sokolowski
What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish?
Inclusive Fintech |

What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish?

Despite a notoriously challenging operating environment, there are signs of improvement for fintech startups in Nigeria. Financial inclusion rates...

By Thea Sokolowski
Can fintech bridge the digital divide in India?
Inclusive Fintech |

Can fintech bridge the digital divide in India?

Forecasters predict that Indians will conduct more than US$1 trillion in digital transactions by 2025. Eighty percent of Indians...

By Maelis Carraro