Through January 2021, Buddy Buruku was CGAP’s in-country lead in Ghana and a digital financial services (DFS) adviser. With CGAP, Buddy worked on the use of DFS to drive Ghana’s cash-lite agenda and on DFS market development as a tool for financial inclusion. She specializes in the digitization of payments in agriculture and in the generation of national data on the status of financial inclusion. Insights from this work are being used by the central bank, the Ministry of Finance, and industry to promote DFS.
Before joining CGAP, Buddy worked at the African Center for Economic Transformation advising high-level government officials on how to improve the efficiency of their economies. She has consulted on financial services in New York, with a focus on big data analytics. She has also advised on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Beijing. She is the founder of a commercial poultry farm in Uganda.
Buddy has a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Wharton School, a Master's from the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center, and a Bachelor’s in East Asian studies from Haverford College. She speaks six languages, including Chinese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.