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Michael Tsan

Dalberg Global Development Advisors
United States
Michael Tsan is a Partner in Dalberg’s New York office who leads Dalberg’s global ICT Practice and has recently helped launch Dalberg’s Data4Good analytics business, Dalberg Data Insights (DDI). Michael’s work on ICT and Data issues spans mobile access and internet infrastructure expansion initiatives in emerging markets in Asia and Africa, work on mobile money/fintech solutions, data collection, aggregation, big data analytics, and monetization strategies for large donors and corporations, and strategy support for innovative digitally-enabled business models in the agriculture and renewable energy sectors.

Recent examples of Michael’s projects in the Data4Good sector include supporting the development of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ICT4Ag and Data4Agriculture strategy, leading the evaluation of how USAID’s and Google’s investments in expanding connectivity infrastructure in Liberia impact the country’s economy utilizing innovative data collection and analytics tools (e.g., CDR data), helping the MasterCard Foundation understand the alternative data opportunity for smallholder financial inclusion (e.g., remote sensing, soils, weather, telco data), and helping PAYG energy players in Africa assess the value and monetization opportunities for their growing data assets. Much of Michael’s work in the data space involves the innovative use of large scale private sector data sets (e.g., bank and payment provider, agribusiness, satellite, telco), whether via data philanthropy interventions or through more commercial business opportunities for data monetization that at the same time have the potential to generate positive social impact in the developing world context.

Prior to his work in Dalberg for the past seven years, Michael was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company in the US, Europe, and Asia where he gained extensive experience advising across the private, public, and non-profit sectors, with a focus on financial services and telecommunications clients, including specialized telecommunication service providers, OEMs, and MNOs. Michael earned a J.D. from Yale Law School with a focus on International Law and Development Economics where he was an Olin Scholar in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. Earlier he received a mini-MBA from Tuck Business School at Dartmouth, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from Swarthmore College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa.