Matthew Alexander

Matthew Alexander

University of Washington

Ulster University, Magee (UUM)


Matt Alexander is Venture Director at Rippleworks Foundation. Prior to that, he co-founded and was CEO of Suyo, a social enterprise that formalizes property rights for low-income families through innovations in technology and microfinance partnerships. Matt has built social impact companies in Latin America for over fifteen years. He is the founder and chairman of Ahmsa, an organization that alleviates poverty by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in marginalized communities in Colombia. After founding Ahmsa, Matt served as Mercy Corps’ Regional Program Manager for Latin America, spearheading a regional strategy focused on land conflict resolution and property formalization for indigenous and low-income communities. Matt’s ideas for combining technology and property rights earned him recognition as an Echoing Green Fellow, Ashoka Changemaker, Harvard Innovation Lab Resident, American Express Emerging Innovator and Agora Accelerator Entrepreneur.

Matt is a 2003 Mitchell Scholar. He received a Master's Degree in Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster. Having spent time working with refugees on the border between Colombia and Ecuador, Matt wanted to study how other countries transitioned from armed conflict to peaceful dialogue.

Matt obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.