Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) prepares tomorrow’s ﬁntech leaders for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in a fast-changing and disruptive industry. Through online executive education courses, targeted research into the ﬁntech industry, and its growing league of industry professionals, DFI builds capabilities with the view to bridge human capacity gaps that exist, especially in developing markets. DFI’s new Certified Digital Finance Practitioner qualiﬁcation is aimed at graduates who want to pursue a professional career in digital ﬁnance, with the option to specialise in regulation, customers or technology.
We envision a world in which…
DFI’s mission is to build the human capacity in digital ﬁnancial services by equipping a new generation of professionals with the information, skills and vision they need to deliver and guide society towards inclusive digital ﬁnancial solutions.
What is a profession without a community, without people to talk to, people who can help you solve challenges, think through ideas, share your wins?
“CONNECTING YOU WITH LIKEMINDED INDIVIDUALS STRIVING FOR SUCCESS IN THIS INDUSTRY.”
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
ARE YOU READY TO BE A DIGITAL SHERPA?
DFI believes that by equipping a new generation of “Digital Sherpas” through continued education, self-development and mentoring programs as well as engagement with peers, we will create a new cadre of professionals able to engage in building the digital economy in their countries.
These tools should in the development of professionals who are recognised for their ability to develop and deploy more relevant and more robust digital ﬁnancial service solutions, whether in private or public sectors.
This in turn will lead to accelerated growth in the adoption and usage of digital solutions, which is likely to lead to faster economic growth, greater economic efﬁciency and higher rates of ﬁnancial inclusion in developing economies where the gaps are most evident today.
DFI will also support activities in research, which will help maintain a fresh and relevant knowledge base and feed into the development of our curriculum.
David Porteous – Chairman
David has been involved in ﬁnance inclusion initiatives internationally for more than two decades. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Cape Town, and later obtained an M.Phil in economics from Cambridge and a PhD (Economics) from Yale. David has held executive roles in public and private ﬁnancial institutions in Africa, and is the founder and CEO of BFA, a consulting ﬁrm based in Boston.
Gavin Krugel – CEO
Gavin has been involved in the payments and ﬁnancial services industry for over 20 years. He has managed large global development programs as a former manager of the Mobile Money for the Unbanked and Mobile Health programs at the GSMA and has held leadership and board positions in both large multinational organisations and start-ups. He holds an MBA from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
Ignacio Mas – Executive Director
Ignacio Mas is a Senior Fellow at CEME at the Fletcher School. He has been deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has held senior telecoms jobs at Vodafone and Intel, and has been adjunct professor at the Business School at the University of Chicago. He holds a SB degree from MIT and a PhD from Harvard.