Greg Chen leads a group in CGAP focused adapting policy to fast-changing technological advances. This includes engagements in multiple regions, countries and with global bodies. Central to this work is understanding how digital finance models are fundamentally changing how services are delivered, with fundamental implications for the poor. To create supportive conditions, policy makers must be equipped with the skills and knowledge to adapt and thrive in this changing environment.
Based out of Washington, D.C., Greg brings more than 20 years of financial inclusion experience and more than a decade of deep work in South Asia. His work has focused on being hands-on with pioneer firms working in microfinance, digital finance and fintech. This includes work with financial institutions sponsored by the Aga Khan Development Network, BRAC, Telenor, IFMR, and others at the forefront of changing finance in Asia. He also has experience as a corporate banker at Bank of America and led the set-up of a consulting arm for Enclude in South Asia. He has been a frequent speaker on microfinance and digital finance and a guest lecturer at BRAC University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Tufts Fletcher School, Yale School of Management, and American University. He has been interviewed by BBC and quoted in the Economist. Greg received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and master's studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School.