Tilman

Tilman is a co-founder and managing partner of Flourish Ventures, an early-stage global venture capital firm that invests in mission-driven entrepreneurs and industry influencers working towards a fair financial system. He serves on the board of a number of portfolio organizations and as chair of the Advisory Council to the U.N. Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance.

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 was a 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 degree in Economics from the EU-affiliated European University Institute in Italy and joining the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

 

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[Event Recap] Are Payments a Platform, a Utility, or Both? Central Bank of the Future
More than any year in the past decade, 2020 put payment systems to the test as more than 200 national and regional governments globally authorized some form of COVID-19 relief, mostly in cash transfers to...
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[Tech Collective SEA] The path to success for challenger banks in Southeast Asia
Originally published on Tech Collective SEA Challenger banks – digital only, mobile first, without costly branch network or cumbersome legacy IT – are all the rage in the region:  Singapore is about to grant 5 new...
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[CNBC] Most Indian gig workers faced hardship during the pandemic, expert says
Among the Indian gig workers surveyed, those that were able to receive some form of government aid were “far more likely” to be hopeful for the future compared to those who did not, says Tilman...
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How We Kept Up Making a Difference
Towards the end of February, we got increasingly nervous in our firm about the spreading pandemic.  We decided to cancel our global team retreat scheduled for the following week in India and asked everyone to...
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[Panel Recap] Done Right, Digital Identity Could Enable More Inclusive Finance
When the fintech community talks about digital wallets, the conversation often revolves around payments. For years, however, innovators have dreamed of digitalizing all the assets we carry in our physical wallets: not just cash, but...
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[The Jakarta Post] Insight: Hard Hit by COVID-19, Gig Workers Display Grit, Resilience
COVID-19 has put the resilience of Indonesian gig economy workers to the test. In a new survey, some speak of selling their belongings and burning through savings.
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[Video] 2020 Global Fintech Trends, Revisited
Right before the pandemic closed global business in March, Flourish managing partner Tilman Ehrbeck was set to deliver a keynote presentation on the global trends shaping fintech business models at the India Fintech Festival in...
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[TechCrunch] The Tale of 2 Challenger Bank Models
Accelerated by the pandemic and its economic fallout, the tale of retail challenger bank models across the world has been diverging. In the Americas, Albo, Chime,  and Uoala have all reported record user numbers as consumers adapted...
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[Global Fintech Fest Panel Recap] Challenger Banks: Perspectives from India, U.K. and U.S.
Before COVID-19, challenger banks faced many choices for building a digital-first business model. Charge upfront fees or rely on third-party revenue? Pursue a new regulatory license or partner with a chartered bank? Now, those choices...
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[Panel Recap] Bangladesh VCs. Fintech Opportunities in the World’s Fastest Growing Economy
While COVID-19 is affecting Bangladesh as everywhere, the economy is still projected to grow at 6% – possibly the fastest in the world. As Bangladesh enters this less-contact phase, we’re excited by fintech’s potential to...
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