Thomas Abell

Thomas Abell is a senior manager at Accenture Development Partnerships. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in international development and high technology, with expertise in technology strategy and innovation, financial inclusion, organizational strategy, ICT for development and ICT for education. He has led Accenture projects with CGAP, the government of Tanzania, Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Gates Foundation, UNHCR, Government of Ethiopia and the Consultative Group in International Agriculture Research (CGIAR). He has worked in over 30 countries, including in East Africa. Thomas has experience advising governments on a variety of technology-related issues. For example, he led a project with the Central Bank of Tanzania to develop a comprehensive IT strategy, which included developing recommendations for the Tanzania mobile payments regulations. He has also developed a harmonization framework for all of the central banks of the East African Community (EAC) on IT solutions, including interoperability of payment systems. His recommended harmonization framework was formally approved and adopted as official policy by all five EAC central bank governors. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Vision of the Future: Financial Inclusion 2025

The future for poor people and financial inclusion is difficult to predict. In what ways will financial services influence inequality and economic participation for poor people by 2025?

The Face of Financial Inclusion in 2025: The Experts’ View

CGAP asked leading thinkers from around the world to share what they see as likely future scenarios for financial inclusion. Here's what we heard.

Managing Data is Critical to Knowing Your Customer

Innovations that make it easier for financial service providers to “know their customers” are critical for organizations that prioritize low-income client segments.

AML/CFT: Balancing Regulation with Innovation

CGAP has conducted research to better understand how processes for achieving anti-money laundering (AML) compliance affect how financial institutions can extend financial services to poor populations.