Fighting Poverty with Digital Payments: Q&A with Kosta Peric

Kosta Peric, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A conversation with Kosta Peric of the Gates Foundation, exploring the potential social impact of blockchain initiatives.

Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kosta is a technologist whose interests lie at the intersection of technology, finance, and innovation. He is the author of The Castle and the Sandbox, a book explaining how to foster innovation in established companies

Kosta is currently deputy director of the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the team that focuses on digital payments. From governance through business models to technology, from ideas through architecture to development, he oversees the strategy and grants to deliver secure, reliable, and affordable digital payment solutions.

Previously, he was the cofounder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, servicing the world economy daily.


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