Michelle Hassan is the Kenya Country Manager and a Principal Consultant at BFA Global. She has over 10 years of experience working in the financial inclusion space. She has worked alongside development finance institutions, banks and startups to understand the low-income consumers and develop products to support them. Michelle is also the country lead for Catalyst Fund which supports startups across Latin America, Africa, and Asia to create innovative, affordable and relevant financial solutions for underserved populations, designing tailored venture building projects that meet startups’ needs. Michelle also leads the refugee finance work at BFA Global.
Prior to joining BFA Global, Michelle worked as a Research Director at Digital Divide Data, (a Kenyan based research company), where she was involved with a wide range of financial inclusion projects including the implementation of the Kenya Financial Diaries as well as the Tanzania Financial Diaries. Before Digital Data Divide, Michelle was involved with a range of research projects that seek to understand the financial lives of Kenyans, particularly through her work around Kenyan savings groups and through the Financial Landscapes study. Michelle holds a Master in Public Health with a focus on biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Nairobi.