About us

The unprecedented levels of innovation currently taking place within the digital financial services industry challenge traditional financial models and bring with them a number of new frontiers including; new business models, new technology, and new challenges.

It is our belief that in defining digital financial services as a distinct profession and providing a platform for human capital development, we will ensure the success of this new industry and in turn accelerate financial inclusion.

DFI is a not for profit initiative run as a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. DFI’s founders are David Porteous (Chairman), Gavin Krugel (CEO) and Ignacio Mas (Executive Director).


We envision a world in which:

  • occasional use of digital payment services becomes persistent because they are useful, relevant to, and trusted by people of all incomes, addressing not only current but future needs;

  • low income people are not constrained solely by the resources they have today, but have the financial tools available to marshal the resources they need based on past and future profile;

  • today’s binary notions of ‘having an identity’ or not, evolve to enable differentiated notions of financial identity, allowing excluded people not only to become discoverable but also to control and manage better their accumulating digital profiles; resulting in deep and effective financial inclusion for all.


DFI’s mission is to build the human capacity in digital financial services by equipping a new generation of professionals with the information, skills, and vision they need to deliver and guide society towards inclusive digital financial solutions.

Theory of Change

DFI’s believes that by equipping a new generation of ‘Digital Sherpas’ through continued education, self-development and mentoring programs as well as engagement with peers, we will create a new cadre of professionals able to engage in building the digital economy in their countries.

These tools should help in the development of professionals who are recognized for their ability to develop and deploy more relevant and more robust digital financial service solutions, whether in private or public sectors. This in turn will lead to accelerated growth in the adoption and usage of digital solutions, which is likely to lead to faster economic growth, greater economic efficiency and higher rates of financial inclusion in developing economies where the gaps are most evident today.
DFI will also support activities in research, which will help maintain a fresh and relevant knowledge base and feed into the development of our curriculum.