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Webinar: FinTech in Emerging Markets with Heidi Metz '98
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When: 11/16/2017
1:00 p.m EST
Contact: Jake Strickler

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It's commonly said that rapid advances in technology are enabling those in emerging markets to "skip" certain phases of growth in areas where infrastructural and market voids may exist. The perpetually increasing functionality and decreasing cost of wireless internet, for example, is helping those in rural areas connect to the rest of the world while at the same time bypassing the expense and labor of building a traditional physical communications network. 

Heidi Metz '98, founder of IMANI, is one of the social entrepreneurs riding the crest of these advances in order to help bring positive change to developing nations. With an initial focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, IMANI Bank was launched to bring financial services to the world's 2.5 billion "unbanked" citizens. Utilizing the exponential growth in smartphone ownership and access to wireless internet connections, IMANI allows those who have never before had a bank account (83% of Africa) to store money without risk of loss or theft, pay bills and vendors, and send money anywhere in the world. IMANI believes that it is essential to treat the causes of poverty...and that access to basic financial services represents a huge barrier to that progress.

Please join us on Thursday, November 16, as Heidi discusses challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets, the impact that technological advancement is having on communities around the globe, and her own experiences in launching a venture of this nature. Click the "Register Here" link to reserve your spot for this webinar.

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About Heidi:

Heidi’s two lifelong passions are addressing global issues to result in lasting change; and cutting-edge technology. She has recently begun a mobile payment system, which marries the two--IMANI, which means ‘trust’ in Swahili, is a safe, inexpensive means for the 2.5B Unbanked to store and save their money.

Her drive to make a difference began formulating as a young child, growing up in various emerging economies, as she is the daughter of the co-founders of Mercy Ships. She lived 10 years onboard the M/V Anastasis—the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship that has operated in developing nations since 1978, impacting 2 million direct beneficiaries.

Heidi was born in Switzerland and lived in more than 65 countries before coming to the US for university. She received her MBA from Thunderbird, where she met her husband Curtis. To develop the skills and expertise she required to fulfill her dream of making a difference, she pursued a career in strategy consulting for technology-based, Fortune 100 companies (18 years consulting with Microsoft, Lucent Technologies, Lloyd’s of London, CBSI, etc.). She also has extensive experience in global education and non-profits, has managed budgets up to £120M / $240M, and been Chief Operations Officer of a technology startup for online payments in the Seattle area.