In this episode of Prime Time, Sanjay Swamy talks to Ignacio Mas, executive director and co-founder at the Digital Frontiers Institute, a new organization that is developing a professional development network and training course around digital money and payments. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University. In this podcast, Ignacio speaks exclusively to Sanjay about his journey in the global community for mobile money and his views about India.
Formerly a Senior Advisor in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ignacio led research, policy and financial infrastructure work. Ignacio also has been a Senior Adviser in the Technology Program at CGAP (a resource center for micro-finance housed at the World Bank), VP of Marketing and Account Management at interTouch (an NTT-DoCoMo Group Company that manages broadband solutions for the hospitality industry), Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe at Intel Capital (Intel Corp’s venture capital arm).
Ignacio has been a Visiting Professor of International Business at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
[0.55] Background- 10 years of experience in digital money and financial inclusion.
[4:55] Views on framework of Adhaar and OpenStack in India as compared to the scenario in other parts of the world.
[7:05] Thoughts on digitizing money first rather than just digitizing payments.
[9:36] Practical perspective on UPI.
[17:30] Possibilities and gaps in India over the coming years.