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Matthew Shakhovskoy

Director, Initiative for Smallholder Finance, Global Development Incubator, Inc.


Matt is currently an independent consultant and part time Executive Director of the Initiative for Smallholder Farmer Finance. Matt advises leading foundations, NGOs, corporations, and multilateral organizations in areas of strategy, performance and operational improvement. Combining a breadth of experience at leading strategy and investment firms such as Agis Investments, Dalberg and Deloitte Matt has established himself as a leading strategist and advisor to executives across the public and private domains.

Amongst his clients Matt has worked with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and the UN Foundation.

Matt has worked across a variety of sectors and domains and developed a deep understanding of agricultural food systems, mobile technology and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Matt holds a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of London and Bachelors of Economics and Business Management from the University of Queensland.