Kabir Kumar

Microfinance Specialist

Kabir Kumar helped launch CGAP's program on technology-enabled business models for financial services and has worked closely with some of the pioneering implementations in the mobile financial services space, including Easypaisa in Pakistan and Eko in India. He manages CGAP's key relations with businesses, especially in the global mobile and finance technology space. He has been an adviser to banks, mobile network operators, technology companies, and investors in over 15 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Kumar has led the Technology and Business Model Innovation team's work on business case questions where he has identified alternative models. He continues to identify new areas of business opportunity, such as the role of data and digital footprints for financial inclusion. Recently, he has been investigating how interoperable digital payments can drive financial access and inclusion. He is also coordinating the team's policy and business work in Brazil and Pakistan. His work has been quoted in numerous publications including CNN, The Banker, Economist, and NPR, and he has represented CGAP at major events, including GSMA Mobile World Congress, MMT conferences, Tech@State, NFC Forum, and FINNOVATE. Kumar has a dual master's degree in public administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.