Matthew Pirnie

Group Head of Ratings
GCR Ratings

Matthew Pirnie


Matthew is a multisector credit ratings expert, focusing on Africa. He is the GCR Group Head of Ratings, overseeing corporate, local and regional governments, financial institutions and insurance ratings. He is also the author and custodian of the GCR ratings framework.

Until 2018, he worked for nearly two decades at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (now S&P Global). At S&P, Matthew chaired the credit committees for emerging market ratings, which focused not only on African but also on Brazilian, Indian and Chinese credits, particularly banks and non-bank financial institutions.

Matthew holds a BA from the University of Manchester and an MSc from the University of Southampton.

Speaker at these events:

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2022

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk 24 2020

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2020

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk East Africa 2019

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk East Africa 2018