Thierry Sanders

CEO, MEKAR (PT Sampoerna Wirausaha)

Topic: The New Promise of FinTech
Sector: Innovation in Financial Services

Thierry’s quest is to get more finance to businesses that create jobs, and have a social or environmental impact. His ventures use technology to enable scale, engagement, communication and efficiency. This is his core task with his investor the Sampoerna Family. Putera Sampoerna is one of Indonesia’s most respected businessmen. After selling his tobacco company HM Sampoerna he invested in banking, education, agribusiness and plantation forestry.

Prior to Indonesia, Thierry set up the world’s first emerging market investor-entrepreneur matchmaking platform (bid and He pioneered the online business plan competition model long before crowdfunding started; Thierry helped IPO the worlds largest carbon trading company,; Set up an IT joint venture in Japan. Thierry was advisor to the Obama administration on financing entrepreneurs in Muslim majority countries.