Eric is the Head of Global Business Development for Abra, the world’s first digital cash network for any smartphone. Abra enables free cross border and domestic money transfers and payments between any two smartphones or an Abra user and any online merchant in the world instantaneously and for free. Abra is the only full interoperable non-card based mobile money application in existence.
Eric is a Fintech and Emerging Markets veteran who has spent the last ten years working across Latin America, Asia and Europe prior to returning to his home country, the US. Eric has worked in corporate venture capital for First Data and Citigroup where he led partnerships with, and investments in Fintech start-ups and other emerging payments and technology companies, including helping define First Data’s role in launching Apple Pay and leading its investment in MineralTree, a B2B Payments company. While at McKinsey & Co. Eric worked with private equity firms, banks and public institutions and is credited for co-publishing “Venture capital as a path to innovation in payments” in the McKinsey on Payments quarterly. Eric is an advisor to the Peruvian based eCommerce company, Magnolia and the California based advanced banking analytics company CuNexus.
Before becoming fully focused on Fintech, Eric spent numerous years working in international development with the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the US government and the Spanish government. Eric has MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.