Ignacio Mas - Consultant on mobile money and technology-enabled models for financial inclusion

About me

I have been Senior Advisor in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and at the Technology Program at CGAP. Previously I was Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive Vicepresident of Marketing and Account Management at DoCoMo interTouch, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe for Intel Capital.

I have undergraduate degrees in maths and economics from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. I have been Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

I am currently a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, a Research Fellow at Singapore Management University´s Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, and an Associate with Bankable Frontier.

Instructional videos (in Khan academy style)

Some favorite reads

 -  F Martin´s Biography of money
 -  D Graeber´s 5000 years of debt
 -  K Boo's Behind the beautiful forevers
 -  S Johnson et al The rift revealed
 -  P Shipton's How Gambian's save
 -  C Alexandre's 10 things about M-PESA

Contact me


Replicating informal practices, at FSDK

On financial decisionmaking, at CGAP

 

Making mobile friendlier, on NextBillion

Assessing the progress of mobile money

Storing value on mobile money, at NCID

Mobile money and the informal economy

On WEF mobile financial services report

Networks want to connect, at MWC2011

Savings by the poor, at TEDx Seattle


Recent posts

  • New tools to accommodate old financial habits: Key for DFS usage  [From CGAP blog, 21 July 2015]  When it comes to understanding the needs and behaviors of low-income people, the financial inclusion literature is full of contradictions. Experts celebrate poor ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2015, 9:51 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • More sophisticated agent networks signal a maturing digital finance industry  [From Helix Institute´s Digital Finance in the Field blog, with Mike McCaffrey, 14 Jul 2015]  Agents are critical to the customer experience of digital money services because they represent ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 5:19 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • The multi-stop journey to financial inclusion on digital rails  [From Brookings Institution´s TechTank blog, 3 June 2015]  One of the foundational notions of digital financial services has been the distinction between payment rails and services running on the ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 12:13 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Putting users in control of their digital identity  [From Center for Financial Inclusion blog, with David Porteous, 29 April 2015]  In a recent new paper, we look at identity from two opposite but complementary perspectives. The first is ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2015, 1:06 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Why the debates that the recent microfinace RCTs are meant to close are going to be endless  [From Fletcher School´s CEME InclusiveFinance blog, 7 April 2015]  We have been handed down a fresh round of evidence on the impact of microcredit from six randomized control trials ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2015, 1:59 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Left- and right-brained economic development  [From Brookings Institution´s Tech Tank blog, April Fool´s Day 2015]  I feel like I need to see a shrink. A work shrink, that is, one that can help ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2015, 9:45 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Impact evaluation, now a board game!  [From Savings Revolution blog, April Fool´s day]  If rigorous impact evaluation can improve the lives of poor people in developing countries, why couldn´t it improve yours? But few ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2015, 11:23 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Identity and inclusion: when do digital identities help the poor?  [From Brookings Institution´s Tech Tank blog, with David Porteous, 10 March 2015]  We tend to think of having a formal identity as an enabler for social and economic inclusion ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2015, 6:20 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Pulling financial services, through business and social networks  [From Business Fights Poverty blog, 6 February 2015, with David Porteous]  The limitations of what may be termed the push era of digital financial inclusion are becoming increasingly apparent. We ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2015, 12:21 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Taking down the (entry) barriers to digital financial inclusion  [From Brookings Institution´s Tech Tank blog, 22 January 2015]  Recent reports have highlighted how mobile-based financial services are transforming banking and payments in Kenya, Bangladesh, and Peru, and ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2015, 1:59 PM by Ignacio Mas
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