Early on in my professional journey, I worked in Africa. Later, I spent years in India. The grit, ingenuity, and optimism of people in the face of adversity deeply humbled and inspired me. Everywhere, hardworking families can do so much better when more opportunities are available to them.
Tilman believes that luck favors the prepared. He thrives when stellar entrepreneurs, technology-led business model innovations, and untapped market opportunities come together. He co-manages Flourish and globally works with purpose-driven founders, investing in actionable ideas that help people improve their economic prospects and financial lives. He currently serves as chair of the Advisory Council to the U.N. Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance in Development.
Before Flourish, Tilman was a partner at Omidyar Network, where he built the global financial inclusion team. Prior to that, he served for five years as CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global partnership to advance financial inclusion. Before CGAP, Tilman grew from associate to partner at McKinsey & Company, where he helped build the global financial services and healthcare practices and worked for more than a decade with leading businesses in North America and India.
Tilman started his professional journey as a journalist in Germany before earning a PhD in Economics from the EU-affiliated European University Institute in Italy and joining the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.