Authors

Tamara Cook

FSD Kenya
Expertise: CEO - FSD Kenya Financial and private sector development
About Tamara Cook

Tamara Cook was appointed the CEO of FSD Kenya in July 2019. She has been with FSD Kenya since 2014 as the Head of Digital Innovations with a focus on using finance to create value for low-income households and enterprises. She has been involved with many digital innovations including digital savings and credit, mobile health, mobile treasury bonds, mobile agricultural finance, merchant payments and mobile bank payments. She served on M-Kopa’s board for five years and is now a member of their Credit Committee. Prior to FSD Kenya, Tamara spent seven years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation managing a global portfolio of grants and loans supporting financial service providers reaching poor people with digital financial services. She also spent ten years with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), housed at the World Bank, including two years in Paris working on aid effectiveness and a year on secondment with Equity Bank in Kenya. She has an MBA from INSEAD, a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a diploma from the Academy of Executive Coaches.   

ARTICLES BY Tamara Cook

Inclusive finance? Not there yet…

Why Fintech matters: Reflecting on FSD Kenya’s work

Tech-enabled lending in Africa

The story of M-Akiba: Selling Kenyan treasury bonds via mobile

Why disruptive innovation in the financial sector can benefit poor people

Unlocking fintech innovation with domestic capital

The Hidden Costs of Hiring in Kenya

How M-Shwari Works: The Story So Far

An overview of M-PESA

Top 10 things to know about M-Shwari