Kelly Hattel

Senior Financial Sector Specialist
Profile / Bio: 

Ms. Hattel has spent her career working to improve the quality of people's lives through access to financial services from support to village-based rotating savings and credit schemes in West Africa to regulatory and supervisory policy reform throughout Southeast Asia. Currently, Ms. Hattel is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at ADB where she focuses on micro, small, and medium enterprise development and improved access to finance across Southeast Asia. In this position and as an active member of the bank-wide Financial Sector Group, she works to promote innovative approaches to financial access that are responsible, efficient, scalable, and inclusive.

Prior to ADB, Ms. Hattel consulted for various public and private sector agencies, microfinance institutions and associations where she provided technical expertise on expanding and deepening the reach of microfinance throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  From 2001-2006 she worked for Accion International managing the MicroFinance Network, a global association of 37 pioneer microfinance institutions from 28 countries. In this position, she facilitated cutting-edge learning between members and led research activities on rural finance, financial consumer protection, and microinsurance.

She began her career as a small enterprise development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa. Ms. Hattel holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and law from the American University and a master's degree in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She previously sat on the Steering Committee of the Smart Campaign, a global initiative committed to embedding client protection practices into the institutional culture and operations of the financial inclusion industry.

She currently sits on the Social Performance Task Force’s Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility for Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA) which aims to strengthen the capacity and responsible inclusive finance practices of financial service providers in Southeast Asia. She also sits on the board of Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. Institute for Growth towards National Inclusion, Transformation and Empowerment (IGNITE) which provides a private-sector approach to attract more adults to use banks and online financial services in the Philippines.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Cloud-based Core Banking Pilot in the Philippines 05 July 2021 Slides Governance and Public Sector Management, ICT
Accelerating Digital Inclusion in Microfinance Using Fintech 10 June 2021 Slides Finance, Capacity Development, Knowledge Management