Brett Hudson Matthews is Managing Partner of Mathwood Consulting Company. In recent years Brett’s work has focused on financial behavior among illiterate and semi-literal populations, with special attention to savings groups and mobile money.
Brett has conducted national savings group assessments for UNCDF in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, and evaluations of VSLAs and SACCOs for various clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Tajikistan and Rwanda. In 2011 he founded a not-for-profit organization, My Oral Village Inc., and has since studied financial numeracy in Timor Leste, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Cambodia, presenting the results at the World Bank. He was senior advisor to the Gates Programme at MicroSave India during 2008-09 and, with the Canadian Co-operative Association, led the development of the Cambodian Community Finance Network (CCFiN) from 2003-06. He has trained practitioners in village finance at the Coady International Institute and at University of New Hampshire’s SMDP Program and is the author of numerous papers, including Oral Information Management Tools: Lighting the Path the Financial Inclusion, Governing the Oral Institution, and Literacy and Towards Safety and Self-Reliance: Community Finance and Public Trust in Rural Cambodia.
Brett was product development manager at Metro Credit Union (now Alterna Savings and Credit Union) in Toronto until 2000. He earned his MBA (finance) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and has over 20 years of experience in banking and development.