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David Porteous

David Porteous has been involved in finance inclusion initiatives internationally for more than two decades. He has held executive roles in public and private financial institutions in Africa, and is the founder and CEO of BFA (, a consulting firm based in Boston. The firm provides specialist research, policy and strategy advice to financial providers, financial regulators and policymakers, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and private foundations around the world. BFA seeks to optimize return on its triple bottom lines of positive financial return and positive social impact on end customers and on the knowledge base in the sector. He is also the Chair and co-founder of the Digital Frontiers Institute, a non-profit professional capacity building network in digital financial services internationally.He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Cape Town, and later obtained an M.Phil in economics from Cambridge and a PhD (Economics) from Yale.