Kai Schmitz

Partner

Kai joined Amadeus in 2020.

Kai is an independent Board member at Minka (an Open Banking platform in Colombia), Movii (a digital bank in Colombia), Koin (a PoS Lender in Brazil) and RS2 (an issuing and acquiring SaaS platform in the US). He joined Amadeus from IFC where he was most recently Regional Head Latin America for Fintech and responsible for investments in Creditas, an Online Lender in Brazil specialized in secured consumer loans; Konfio, a small business lender in Mexico; Iyzico, Turkey’s largest online payment service provider (sold to PayU); WeLab, an online lender in Hong Kong and mainland China, Remitly, an online money transfer service in the US; and Earthport, a switch for international transactions (sold to Visa).

Prior to IFC he worked at the World Bank where he advised Central Banks on payment market regulation and infrastructure and co-founded payment companies in the UK and the US focused on Africa and Latin America respectively. He has worked extensively in emerging markets since 1998. Originally a lawyer, he worked at law firms in his native Hamburg and London.

Kai holds an Executive MBA from Henley Management School and a J.D. from University of Hamburg. He speaks German, English and Spanish.