Digital Finance, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Remittances

Conversation on Remittances and Digital Finance

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April 6th, 2018

Are you interested in digital finance? Entrepreneurship and technology in Africa? Leveraging the power of remittances? Join the Fletcher Africana Club for the African Speaker Series luncheon with Ismail Ahmed, WorldRemit Founder & CEO.  Moderated by Dary Collins, CEO of Bankable Frontier Associates.

Ismail Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of WorldRemit, the leading digital money transfer company that’s pioneering a mobile approach to sending money around the world. Ismail founded the company in 2010 and since then, it has secured $220 million in funding and has been named the fastest growing technology company in the UK. Serving previously as a compliance advisor to the United Nations, Ismail founded the company on the principles of strong compliance procedures, recognizing that the only way to meaningfully reduce the risks in the money transfer industry was to bring the entire process into the digital world. Ismail has been named third most influential black Britons in the UK and won EY Entrepreneur of the Year, London and South. Originally from Somaliland, he has worked with the UN in Nairobi and Dubai. He received a scholarship to attend the University of London and has a business degree from London Business School and a PhD in Economics.

Daryl Collins is a co-author of Portfolios of the Poor and CEO of BFA. Daryl has built up a broad portfolio of work with foundations, bilateral institutions and private financial services providers linking an understanding of household financial management to the business case for services that help address some of the most significant challenges that low-income families face. Her work is grounded in a deep understanding of the financial behaviors of low-income people across the globe, leveraging the experience of executing Financial Diaries studies in Kenya, India, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Pakistan and advising the US Financial Diaries. Dr. Collins holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from New York University.

Other Projects

The Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion (SoFI)
Launch of Research: Refugees and Their Money
Webinar: A Fintech Approach to Financial Inclusion
FIG Lunch and Learn Series: The Power of Data Science for Driving Performance of Financial Institutions
Daryl Collins presentation at the 3rd Annual Financial Inclusion Forum in Mexico 2017
Catalyst Fund Panel: Inclusive Fintech for Good
Updated January 2019