Gayatri Murthy

Financial Sector Specialist

Gayatri Murthy has spent nearly 10 years researching and consulting on what low-income people want and how digital technologies can help fill the gaps to financial inclusion. At CGAP, she is leading research on how FinTech startups can catalyze financial inclusion. She is also working with policy makers to ensure data protection and privacy policy empowers customers and supports responsible innovation. Ms. Murthy also specializes in training financial institutions to generate high-quality customer insights and then use them to build customer-centric business models. She has trained staff of financial institutions in workshops around the world, including at trainings organized by the Boulder Institute for Microfinance, the Social Performance Task Force, and the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance.

Before joining CGAP, Ms. Murthy worked at Intermedia, where she conducted nationally representative surveys, impact evaluations, and qualitative studies on the role of digital technologies in financial inclusion and civil society building. She also worked at GiveIndia, a platform to promote efficient and effective giving to the poor in India. She has a Master’s degree in International Communication from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India. She is fluent in Hindi.

By Gayatri Murthy

Blog

India’s Proposed Data Protection Bill Breaks from Notice and Consent

The proposed bill would mark a significant advance in rethinking how to protect digital consumer rights, putting India at the forefront of modern data protection regimes.
Research

Making Data Work for the Poor

The consumer consent model for data privacy and protection is broken. It’s time for a new data paradigm whereby financial services providers and data collectors take greater responsibility for protecting customers’ data.
Blog

It Pays to Be Patient with Fintech Innovation

Take a look at some fintech pilots that didn't go as initially expected but yielded important insights about how to make better financial products.
Blog

These Emerging Fintech Innovations Are Centered on Poor Customers

After two years of piloting with 18 fintechs around the world, CGAP has identified several fintech innovations that advance financial inclusion.
Research

Fintechs and Financial Inclusion

Based on pilots with 18 fintechs across Africa and South Asia, this paper identifies emerging fintech innovations with potential to improve the lives of the poor. It also highlights common challenges faced by early-stage fintechs.