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William DerbanGlobal Director, Digital Financial Services

Dr William Derban serves as the Global Director of Digital Financial Services for Opportunity International, defining technical standards, developing business strategy, and negotiating collaborations across mobile money, mobile/cell-phone banking, and agent banking.

William is the convener and co-founder of the Financial Inclusion Forum Africa, a network of professional passionate about promoting financial inclusion across Africa. He was formerly the Market Engagement Director for the Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme at the GSMA. 

Before joining the GSMA, William worked in the financial sector for over 20 years. He worked as the Director for Strategic Partnerships and digital banking for Fidelity Bank Ghana and before then as the Head of Community Investment for Barclays Bank, responsible for Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  William also sits on several financial inclusion related boards and is a passionate speaker on development and financial inclusion. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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