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Harnessing the Power of Fintech

New approaches to financial inclusion

New approaches to financial inclusion

Session blurb

Given that more people own a mobile phone than a bank account, digital technology has a clear role to play in global financial inclusion in underserved markets. 1.7 billion adults worldwide remain unbanked: what problems does this pose, and how can fintech help? This panel will be framed around key technological innovations, and evaluate their broader societal impacts, offer strategic direction, and assess the role policy makers can play. How is fintech positioned to serve last-mile customers? What role can fintech play in formalising economies? What challenges can this present?


Max Biswanger

Investment Manager in the Financial Institutions team at CDC Group, the UK government’s development finance institution, leading its equity investment strategy for digital financial services companies

Nomsa Kachingwe

Former Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank and Senior Research Analyst at Cenfri, an independent think-tank focused on financial-sector development, digital economy and regulation

Dana Lunberry

Manager of digital financial inclusion programs at Opportunity International, and an Executive Director of Financial Inclusion Forum, the UK’s leading network connecting people and organizations to advance global financial inclusion

Vahid Monadjem

Founder and CEO of Nomanini, a South African-based payments platform provider that enables transactions in the cash-based informal retail sector. Formely McKinsey&Company’s global fellow for Emerging Market Product Development

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