Joep Roest

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Joep Roest is based in Singapore and represents CGAP in East Asia and the Pacific, particularly Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and China.

Before joining CGAP, Mr. Roest helped establish Wing mobile money in Cambodia. He later moved to Papua New Guinea to work on UNCDF’s mobile money project spanning the South Pacific. He spent four years as a member of Queen Máxima’s team at the United Nations.

By Joep Roest

Blog

Hiding in Plain Site: Informal E-Commerce Among Women in Asia

Millions of women are buying and selling goods online across Asia — but, at least in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan, they’re not transacting on e-commerce platforms. They’re using social platforms instead, often without digital payments.
Research

The Future of G2P Payments: Expanding Customer Choice

There’s a better way to deliver government-to-person (G2P) payments. Modernizing the delivery architecture can increase value for customers, lower government costs and create competition among financial service providers.
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Should Digital Financial Services Providers Prioritize Open APIs?

Learn about the step-by-step process one provider took to determine whether APIs aligned with its goals and which APIs to prioritize.
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Building Open APIs for Digital Finance? Think Sprints, Not Marathon

Digital financial services provides are finding that traditional software development approaches are not ideal for opening APIs. Here’s a better approach.
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How Bangladesh Digitized Education Aid for 10 Million Families

In just months, Bangladesh digitized financial aid payments for education to millions of families. What can other countries learn from this rapid transition to digital payments?