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, 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

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

  • 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 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 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
  • Credit for the people, by the people  [From NexBillion blog, 13 January 2015, with David Porteous]  In Spent: Looking for Change, the recent documentary about financial exclusion in the United States (embedded below), there is a moving ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 12:41 PM by Ignacio Mas
  • How the spread of smartphones will open up new ways of improving financial inclusion  [From Brookings Institution´s Tech Tank blog, 2 December 2014 (with David Porteous)]  It’s easy to imagine a future in a decade or less when most people will have ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 9:28 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Free the cash networks!  [From NextBillion blog, 13 November 2014]  Consider for a moment three hypothetical missed business opportunities. You are an experienced, confident entrepreneur with a cool new idea for an electronic financial ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2014, 7:44 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • Squeezing financial inclusion between regulatory pillars [From MFW4A´s Africa Finance Forum blog, 10 November 2014]  In a panel in a recent IFC/MasterCard Foundation conference in Johannesburg, Mark Flaming of MicrCred reminded us that there ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2014, 5:23 AM by Ignacio Mas
  • The great competition and innovation deficit  [From Center for Financial Inclusion blog, 29 October 2014]  Have you noticed how narrow the interventions of the chorus of financial inclusion supporters have become? Academic researchers are immersed in ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 8:55 AM by Ignacio Mas
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