Michael Faye


Michael Faye is the co-founder of GiveDirectly and CEO of Segovia Technology, a software company that is working to end extreme poverty by making it easier for organizations to pay anyone, anytime, anywhere in the emerging markets.  GiveDirectly has been ranked a top international charity by GiveWell, recognized by FastCompany as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in finance, and was said to be “sending shockwaves through the charity sector” by The Guardian.

Faye’s work on international development has been published in the “American Economic Review,” “Brookings Papers on Economic Activity,” “Foreign Affairs” and others.  He is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 leading Global Thinkers in 2013. He has spoken extensively on development and philanthropy.

Faye holds a PhD in economics from Harvard, from where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in math and classics.