Posted on October 18, 2019

FSD Kenya unveils David Ferrand as its 2019 Annual Lecture speaker

Respected finance expert to share perspectives on the future of finance in Kenya’s long term development.

FSD Kenya is pleased to announce that its 5th Annual lecture on financial inclusion will be delivered by Dr David Ferrand on Tuesday, 19th November 2019, at the University of Nairobi’s Chandaria Auditorium.

The annual lecture is FSD Kenya’s flagship event. Held every year since 2015, the annual lecture highlights new thinking and raise cutting edge issues in the field of financial inclusion. Past speakers have included Dr. Tavneet Suri, a development economist and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management; Consumer protection expert Rafe Mazer; leading British Economist and author of Other People’s Money, John Kay; and accomplished Entrepreneur Julian Kyula, founder of MODE Group, a fintech spanning over 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Now in its fifth year, the event promises to facilitate debate on the long-term vision of the financial sector in Kenya.

This year’s speaker, Dr David Ferrand, is a long-time observer of Kenya’s financial sector. He played a key role in FSD Kenya’s inception nearly 20 years ago and served as its director until June 2019. Dr Ferrand will deliver a lecture titled “Financing Kenya: 2020 hindsight for Vision 2030,” in which he will share reflections on the past few decades of Kenya’s financial inclusion journey, and provide insights on the kind of financial sector that will help deliver Kenya’s long term aspiration to achieve middle-income status.

Registration for the 2019 Annual lecture is currently open here.



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About FSD Kenya

The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD Kenya) was established in 2005 to support the development of inclusive financial markets in Kenya. The conceptual underpinning of FSD Kenya’s work is the “making markets work for the poor” (M4P) approach, which allows agencies to build on a detailed understanding of market systems and a clear vision of the future to address systemic constraints and bring about large-scale, sustainable change. FSD Kenya operates as an independent Trust under the supervision of professional trustees, KPMG Kenya, with policy guidance from a programme investment committee. Current funders include the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). 

In 2015, The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD Kenya) launched a series of annual public annual lectures to stimulate debate on financial inclusion and its role in the long-term vision for the financial sector in Kenya. For more information about the annual lectures and to download past presentations, visit

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