Alexandra Sanchez

Training & Research Expert on Branchless Banking and Remittances


Alexa is an insightful consultant with expertise in mobile payments, agent banking and remittances. Since joining PHB Development in 2012, Alexa has demonstrated her skills in various market studies, designing financial products for MFIs linked to remittances and has had hands-on experience in developing mobile money/branchless banking strategy, roll-out and training for MFIs.

Among various projects, Alexa planned and executed a market research study, funded by ADA for the MFI PAMECAS, with Senegalese migrants in Spain focusing on their financial behaviour and needs and participated in a remittance-linked product development plan to increase and support the savings and credit needs of Senegalese migrants in Spain. She also assisted in the creation of an agent banking strategy and roll-out for FINCA Tanzania, focusing in particular on the processes impacted by the new channel and the training of staff, agents and clients. And she furthermore developed training material for Women World Bank for a bank in Malawi rolling out Mobile money.

Alexa has previous experience with Microfinance International Corporation (MFIC) in Washington DC, which she joined in 2009. She managed the commercial development of MFIC, expanding the business network by acquiring agreements with banks, MFIs, money transfer operators, and mobile network operators. She established contracts in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Alexa was appointed as project manager for these new customers and she successfully handled the management of all contractual aspects, integration, on-going operations and relationships with customers.

Alexa brings this global development experience to benefit research, branchless banking developments and training at PHB Development. Alexa holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the Universit  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She speaks native English, native Spanish, fluent French and Italian.

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