As part of Accion Global Advisory Solutions, Prateek Shrivastava is the Vice President, Digital responsible for leading digital transformation projects with Accion’s partners, helping improve and scale their efforts to reach existing and new underserved customers. His key area of focus is helping partners leverage data analytics and mobile channels to develop new products that advance financial inclusion. Prateek also sits on boards of portfolio partners and plays a significant role in assessing potential Accion partners and fundraising for the advisory team.
Prateek brings more than 25 years of experience in applied technology, working in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Since 2006, he has been instrumental in bringing financial services through technology to the underserved in Asia and Africa. He has worked as managing director of Emerging Markets at Monitise plc, and provided specialist consulting support to institutions including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the IFC, World Bank, USAID, Mandiri, Reliance Jio, Helios Investment Partners, and several other private digital services companies. In 2013, he co-founded BeyondBranches, an agent-centric digital financial services company in Nigeria which was sold to Interswitch, a pan-African payment switching provider. Prateek has published several papers and has guest-edited journals and books on topics related to digital financial services and inclusive finance. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has spoken at the UK House of Lords, the World Economic Forum, and the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Prateek holds an MBA with a focus on mobile banking and microfinance from Henley Management College in Oxfordshire, UK, an M.S. in computer science, and a B.S. in applied computing from the University of Sydney. He holds a certificate in strategic leadership in inclusive finance from the Harvard Business School-Accion Program, and a certificate in strategic negotiation techniques from Harvard Business School.