Matia is an SME Development and Start-ups Investments professional with over 10 years’ experience in Consulting, Innovation Advisory and Ecosystem building. This experience spans over 8 countries in 3 continents including Africa, Europe and the US. He has held senior executive and consulting roles in corporate and non-profit organizations, as well as Multilateral organisations including the World Bank (Infodev), and Equity Bank; the largest retail bank in East Africa.
His experience includes the management of a USD 5 million Start-up fund as Chief of Party; delivering growth support for 3000 start-ups and SMEs through physical and virtual incubation programmes and leading gender mainstreaming in entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa. He also has hands-on experience leading product development teams in the design of financial products for bottom of the pyramid (BOP) market segments, Start-ups and SMEs as Head of Innovation. He holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Organisational Development from the United States International University.