Margarete Bialles
DFS Practice LeadIFC
Ms. Biallas leads IFC’s DFS practice. She brings some 20 years of professional experience working with banks, microfinance institutions, as well as specialized financial services providers. Over the past ten years Ms Biallas has provided support to over 70 IFC clients in strategy strategic and business planning on mobile and digital banking across the globe.

Previously, Ms. Biallas was responsible for financial markets advisory services in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR, where she worked on IFC’s earliest mobile financial services initiatives such as ANZ’s subsidiary WING.

Before joining IFC, Ms. Biallas was with JKfW where she held different roles over a ten year period including Senior Risk Manager, Credit Officer, lead investment officer for global microfinance funds and various positions in KfW’s Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa departments, leading investments in financial institutions.

Prior to joining KfW, Ms. Biallas worked for a German consulting firm, focusing on privatization and SME development. She holds a Master‘s Degree in Economics from Hochschule fuer Wirtschaft und Politik in Hamburg, Germany, and a BSocSc from University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Ms. Biallas has set up two successful ventures providing education to young children in Germany.