Tillman Bruett has over 25 years of experience in commercial banking, microfinance and digital finance. He is the Global Practice Lead and Manager for Financial Services and Investment at DAI providing technical advisory services for clients and DAI projects, leading new business development efforts linked to finance and investment, and working with DAI’s Center for Digital Acceleration to advance the use of digital finance.
Prior to joining DAI, he was the Secretariat Director for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on the Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where, on behalf of the co-chairs, he created, guided and managed a Task Force of CEOs, central bank governors and ministers, thought leaders and UN agency heads. The Task Force’s mandate is to identify and propose how the digitalization of finance can be harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Till joined the United Nations Capital Development Fund to open its office in the Pacific region where he designed and managed the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme. In 2012, he opened UNCDF’s office in Brussels, Belgium and started and managed the Mobile Money for the Poor programme. Both initiatives provide a combination of technical, financial and policy support to financial services providers, regulators, businesses and governments to promote the growth of digital finance. The two programmes work in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and have contributed to over 10 million people gaining access to financial services.
Till was a banker in the early 1990s, working as a credit analyst and client manager with Chemical Bank’s international division in New York. In 1996, he joined FINCA International where he helped start, monitor and assess FINCA’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) and managed a global credit and guarantee facility. He co-founded Alternative Credit Technologies in 2000, a consulting company specializing in building inclusive financial systems. He also facilitated the SEEP Network’s financial services working group for four years, taught regularly at Georgetown University and was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2005 - 2008.
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