Samveet Sahoo


Samveet Sahoo is a Manager in Digital Financial Services domain of MSC India, focused in Payments and Distribution. He has seven years of experience in business strategy, client management, new product development, and stakeholder engagement in the financial services sector, spanning digital financial solutions to rural and inclusive banking.

He has worked on projects with banks, mobile network operators (MNOs), agent network managers (ANMs), microfinance institutions (MFIs), fintechs, regulators and governments in Bangladesh, India, and Liberia. He is currently the Country Program Manager for MetLife’s I3 program. His areas of expertise include project management, customer experience mapping, strategy and product development, user-interface evaluation, product evaluation, institutional assessments and risk analysis, market research, channel design, process re-engineering, pilot testing and support to roll-out, monitoring and evaluation, and the development of analytical frameworks and policy analysis.

Posts by Samveet Sahoo

Cool in crisis: How Bangladeshi MFIs stay resilient

Since its independence, Bangladesh’s resilience in the face of numerous calamities like floods, droughts, and famines has earned worldwide appreciation. This blog explores how the country’s microfinance industry stays resilient during crises and continues to protect the poor and vulnerable.

Lakshya: Helping the urban poor save to improve their financial health

Lakshya is a digital savings platform that provides access to formal savings and insurance to low- and middle-income (LMI) segments in India. It promotes the uptake of formal financial services and financial health within the community. This blog explores the journey of Lakshya and the positive impact it hopes to create within LMI segments.

Bangladesh – the basket case that taught microfinance to the world

As Bangladesh celebrates 50 years of independence, we look back at one of its greatest gifts to the world—microfinance. This blog highlights the role of Bangladesh’s four pioneering institutions—Grameen Bank, BRAC, ASA, and BURO Bangladesh—in the origin of microfinance and its local popularization, global adaptation, business model optimization, and product innovation.

Impact of COVID-19 on Fintech: Bangladesh

2020 was a nightmare for Bangladesh. Even though the country responded swiftly, early-stage start-ups struggled with a lack of funding during the crisis. This study assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the FinTech ecosystem of Bangladesh. It further explores how the new digital-first policy helped FinTechs cope with the pandemic.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs): Bangladesh report

The COVID-19 crisis has proven devastating for MSMEs in Bangladesh, which have seen their revenues reduce to almost half. Our report analyzes the pandemic’s economic consequences on MSMEs and highlights their coping strategies. It also provides policy recommendations to help them recover.

A boon for online commerce: How is COVID-19 transforming the industry in Bangladesh?

Though COVID-19 has been a catastrophe for most segments of the global economy, it has aided the growth in few sectors such as digital finance and digital commerce. This blog highlights the impact of the pandemic on e-commerce and f-commerce in Bangladesh and how the FinTech industry can utilize this opportunity.

SSN MFS report (Phase II): Assessment of Social Safety Net disbursements, Bangladesh

The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) program in Bangladesh has been working with various government ministries and departments to digitize the social security net (SSN) payments. This report, based on the second phase of MSC’s evaluation, highlights the progress made in the digitization of SSN payments.

SSN MFS report (Phase I): Assessment of Social Safety Net disbursements, Bangladesh

The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) program in Bangladesh has been working with various government ministries and departments to digitize payments under the social security net (SSN). This report provides insights into MSC’s evaluation of the pilot for the digitization of SSN payments.