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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Michael Schlein

< Fintech's Most Powerful Dealmakers of 201619. Michael SchleinPresident and Chief Executive OfficerAccion InternationalLast year: 21

Cambridge, Massachusetts–based Accion International has had a hand in building 65 microfinance institutions in 32 countries since 1961. Under Michael Schlein, the former Citigroup executive and Securities and Exchange Commission chief of staff who became Accion’s CEO in 2009, the nonprofit is increasingly known for the fintech financing dimension of its mission to bring financial services to the poor. “We have been building double-bottom-line enterprises,” says Schlein, referring to Accion’s goals of “having a big social impact and harnessing the capital markets.” Accion has two vehicles outside of traditional microfinance: Venture Lab, which is supported by the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Credit Suisse, and MasterCard, and has made more than $9 million in seed-stage investments in 24 companies since 2012; and the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, which makes early- and growth-stage investments and is managed by Washington-based Quona Capital, a venture firm focused on fintech in emerging markets. “It is the first global fintech fund for the un- and underbanked in the world,” says Schlein, 55, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in addition to serving as president and CEO of Accion chairs the New York City Economic Development Corp. Frontier Inclusion Fund transactions this year included participation in a Series C funding for Indian small-business marketplace IndiaMART and an $8 million round for Mexican lending platform Konfio, which uses alternative, noncredit data analytics to gauge a prospective borrower’s creditworthiness. “This technology can create a much more predictive profile of users and provide an on-ramp to further financial inclusion,” explains Schlein, adding that nearly 1,000 fintech companies were vetted in selecting about 30 for the current portfolio. “We’re working to ensure that this technology, and the industry’s transition to digital, ultimately improve lives and drive further inclusion.”


 The 2016 Fintech Finance 35 Click below to view profiles
1. Jonathan KorngoldGeneral Atlantic2. Matthew HarrisBain Capital Ventures3. Jane GladstoneEvercore Partners4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures5. Steven McLaughlinFinancial Technology Partners6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean ParkAnthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners9. Darren CohenGoldman Sachs Group10. Hans MorrisNyca Partners11. Meyer (Micky) MalkaRibbit Capital12. Maria GotschPartnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry SilbertDigital Currency Group14. Jay ReinemannPropel Venture Partners15. Mariano BelinkySantander InnoVentures16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSenaSenaHill Partners17. François RobinetAXA Strategic Ventures18. Vanessa ColellaCiti Ventures
19. Michael SchleinAccion International20. Kenneth MarlinMarlin & Associates21. Rumi MoralesCME Ventures22. Alastair (Alex) RampellAndreessen Horowitz23. Steve GibsonEuclid Opportunities24. Fabian VandenreydtSWIFT
25. Vladislav SolodkiyLife.SREDA26. Gardiner Garrard IIITTV Capital27. Nektarios LioliosStartupbootcamp Fintech28. Lawrence WintermeyerInnovate Finance29. Bina KalolaBank of America Merrill Lynch30. Hyder JaffreyFintech Innovation
31. Calvin ChoiAMTD Group32. Janos BarberisFinTech
Hong Kong33. Jalak JobanputraFuture Perfect Ventures34. Sopnendu MohantyMonetary Authority of Singapore35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund