ABOUT US

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 Chartered 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.

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    OPEN UP DOORS TO VAST JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SUCCESS.

DFI connects more than 1 500 industry professionals representing public, private and development sectors in 60 countries through its online community, Switch. The organization has trained more than 2 000 students in 90 countries, and has physical communities of practice established in 18 cities.

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    JOIN A LEAGUE OF DIGITAL FINANCE PROFESSIONALS!

The non-profit organisation was founded in 2015 by David Porteous, Gavin Krugel and Ignacio Mas. Our funders include The Omidyar Network, FSD Africa, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

OUR VISION

We envision a world in which…

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The Use Of Digital Payment Services Becomes Common

The current occasional use of digital payment services becomes persistent because they are useful, relevant and trusted by people of all incomes, addressing not only current but future needs.

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Necessary Financial Tools And Education Are Provided

Low income individuals should not be constrained by current resources and instead be provided with the financial tools and education needed to grow resourcefully.

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Differentiated Notions Of Financial Identity Are Enabled

Previously excluded individuals should be provided with opportunities and tools to not only make them discoverable but to also be educated to allow for effective financial inclusion.

OUR MISSION

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.

SWITCH

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.

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    Stay connected with news, views and resources

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    Converse with peers from past courses and grow your professional network

Founders

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.