Joep Roest

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Joep Roest is based in Singapore and represents CGAP in East Asia and the Pacific with a most of his time being devoted to Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. He focuses on Government to Person Payments (G2P) and how digital platforms are affecting the financial lives of the poor.

Before joining CGAP, Joep 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 then spent four years as a member of Queen Máxima’s team at the United Nations

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