Brigit Helms

General Manager, MIF

Brigit Helms, a U.S. citizen, is the general manager of the MIF. Prior to joining the MIF, she served as the director of SPEED, a USAID-funded program in Mozambique seeking to improve the business environment in that country.

Before joining SPEED, Dr. Helms was senior expert for financial inclusion at McKinsey & Company, where she worked with banks and telecommunications companies to build new business models to reach low-income clients, and chief executive officer of Unitus, a global non-profit dedicated to financial services in East Africa and India.

Dr. Helms spent four years with the International Finance Corporation, where she led the organization’s Advisory Services work in Indonesia. She was a founding member of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global center for financial services.

Early in her career, Dr. Helms held positions in the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Caribbean Basin Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She holds a PhD in agriculture and development economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


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