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

About me

I am an executive director and co-founder at the Digital Frontiers Institute, a new organization that is developing a professional development network and training course around digital money and payments. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University.

Previously, I was Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Senior Advisor at the Technology Program at CGAP. I have been Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive VP 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.

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

Why digital accounts are empty, at FSDT

Replicating informal practices, at FSDK

On financial decisionmaking, at CGAP


Making mobile friendlier, on NextBillion

Driving daily relevance, at SOFI2015

Mobile money and the informal economy

Networks want to connect, at MWC2011

Savings by the poor, at TEDx Seattle

Recent posts

  • Unlocking empowerment for poor customers: Three tips for financial service providers  [From NextBillion blog, 7 June 2016]  What do we expect financial services to bring to the lives of poor people? I would say: more options on how to manage one ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 9:07 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Learning about our own attitudes toward money through money stories  [IBGC blog, Fletcher School, 5 April 2016, with Kim Wilson]  Money is a complex human convention with deep cultural derivations and an elaborate social etiquette. It is part of the ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:45 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Injecting meaning into digital customer experiences Injecting meaning into digital customer experiences  [Center for Financial Inclusion blog, 4 April 2016]  Digital has killed many products (think of the music CD, then the newspaper, and next, possibly ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 1:53 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • Why digital wallets stay empty [From NextBillion blog, 7 March 2016, with I Ephraim and D Minha]  Like their counterparts in countries across Africa and around the world, a large number of Tanzanians have flocked ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:55 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • On the twelfth day of financial inclusion  [From CFI blog, 23 December 2015] Here are my best wishes for the CFI community, to be sung to the tune of the last bit of the twelve days of ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 7:06 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • The course we wish we had taken years ago  [From the Institute for Business in a Global Context at the Fletcher School, 3 December 2015, with Kim Wilson]  Most of us in the digital financial services space have had ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2015, 11:38 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Announcing the first online course in Digital Money, by the Digital Frontiers Institute David Porteous, Gavin Krugel and I have teemed up to build capability in digital financial services and payments. We have now officially launched the Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI), as a ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:12 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Making digital money more relevant See the three-part blog post, co-written with colleagues from MicroSave and Eko, in MicroSave´s blog: here, here and here.
    Posted Oct 28, 2015, 5:31 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Different worlds: why digital payments should not be regulated as an offshoot of banking  [From NextBillion blog, 9 September 2015, with Ross Buckley]  The essence of banking is taking calculated risks, and banks’ profitability comes from taking such risks. That is not to say ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2015, 1:53 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • 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
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