Carlos Monteverde

Carlos Monteverde

2019 Ricardo Salinas Scholar, Ricardo Salinas Scholarship

Carlos Monteverde is a Senior Product Manager at Mastercard in their global HQ, building commercially-sustainable fintech products targeting the underserved and unbanked. His team is directly responsible for Mastercard’s commitment of reaching 500MM unbanked individuals by 2020 with these solutions, and they are in the cusp of achieving this goal.

Prior, Carlos became the first – and only – Ecuadorian to work at the World Economic Forum (WEF). At WEF, he worked on developing global fintech projects and conducting world-class research on inclusive finance (digital banking, fintech, financial inclusion, blockchain, digital payments, digitalization of humanitarian disbursements, AI in financial services, and future the of financial systems), collaborating with some of the world’s foremost financial experts. Carlos was also a Strategy Consultant for Ernst and Young in Sydney, Australia. He also has broad research experience at Global Reporting Initiative, Columbia University (working with renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs), and the Center for Independent Studies in Australia.

Carlos is passionate about inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, and improving the state of the world, and thus has been nominated as a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper, a Young Professional of the Council of the Americas, a Reality Fellow 2018 at the Schusterman Foundation, a Delegate for both the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue and the Meeting Russia Fellowship, an Advisor at the International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, among others.

Carlos’ work has been featured on the World Economic Forum, the Banker/Financial Times, Fortune, the World Bank and NASDAQ TV. In January 2018, Carlos was selected as one of the 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine along with other leaders such as Bill Gates, Muhammad Yunus, Mary Robinson, and others.

He holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from the University of Sydney in Australia (including a research fellowship at Columbia University in New York) and Bachelor of Science in International Finance from Espiritu Santo University in Ecuador. In addition, he has graduated from the Fintech Certificate Programme at the University of Oxford.

He is a certified Scrum Master and a certified Scrum Product Owner. Selected for the Socrates Seminar on Technology and AI in Japan.