Advisory Board

JOSE TOSCANO

Director General


International Telecommunications Satellite Organization

A telecommunications engineer by training, Jose has more than twenty five years experience in the telecommunications sector and has held management positions in both the public and private sectors as well as in regional and international organizations in this field.

His professional experience before being elected as Director General includes the position of Director of External Relations with ITSO and executive appointments within the National Regulatory Authority (ICP-ANACOM) and the European Commission, top-level management responsibilities with the private telecommunications sector in Portugal, as well as teaching assignments at various universities in Portugal.

He has also been actively involved in the definition, development and work of numerous regional and international regulatory entities in the telecommunications and satellite communications fields in particular the ITU, EC, CEPT, and the GSM MoU, and is especially knowledgeable and comfortable working in a multicultural environment.

SUVI LINDEN

Senior Advisor


SocialEco Ltd

Suvi Lindén was Finland’s Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Ms Lindén was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011 and was recently the ITU´s Special Envoy to Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Ms Lindén has held positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Chair of the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board in Finland. Founding Member of the World Antidoping Agency and a Member of its Executive Board.

The Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think tank named her as its “Visionary of the Year for 2011” for her commitment to ensuring affordable broadband access to every citizen in Finland. Ms Lindén holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oulu.

SACHA POLVERINI

Senior Programme Officer – Global Policy and Regulation


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sacha Polverini joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) team in December 2012 as Senior Program Officer - Regulation and Policy.

In this capacity, Sacha represents FSP and the foundation on policy & regulatory related aspects with a variety of stakeholders including governments, SSBs, global organizations, grantee organizations and donors. The Financial Services for the Poor team works with a wide range of public and private sector partners to foster the development of digital financial services (DFS) – such as mobile money – that can reach hundreds of millions of people with the financial tools they need to mitigate risks and capture opportunities to move out of poverty. Since June 2014 Sacha chairs the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Focus Group on DFS for Financial Inclusion (http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/focusgroups/dfs/Pages/default.aspx )The Focus Group aims at developing principles, guidelines and other tools that policy and decision makers in developing countries can use to fast track policy reform targeting the unbanked.

Sacha joined the foundation from Brussels where he lived and worked for almost 20 years representing the interests of the financial services industry before both the EU and national policy and decision makers. Sacha worked – inter alia - at Barclays Bank PLC as Group Director for EU public Policy and at Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance (formerly GE Mortgage Insurance) as Managing Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs Europe. A graduate of University L.U.I.S.S Guido Carli in Rome, Sacha holds a Master’s degree in European Political Studies from the Universite’ Libre de Bruxelles. In addition he has completed the post-graduate management program at Solvay Business School, Ecole de Commerce de Solvay, Brussels.

Dave Kim

Leading P​roduct Innovation – Financial Services for the Poor


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dave Kim is a Program Officer on the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the team’s product innovation strategy and is also responsible for accelerating and deepening the penetration of digital financial services beyond basic payments in Kenya.

Previously, Dave was a Lead Commercial Inventor at ?What If! Innovation, an innovation consulting firm in New York. At ?What If!,Dave partnered with Fortune 500 companies to help crack their innovation challenges by designing and launching new products, services, brands, experiences, and companies. He also helped large organizations develop a culture and capability of innovation by developing and teaching a global curriculum on innovation and experimentation.

Prior to joining ?What If! Innovation, Dave was a management and strategy consultant with Opera Solutions in their New York and London offices. Dave earned a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University.

Mrs Coumba Toure

Founder


Advanced Development for Africa

A Dakar native, Coumba Toure is an educator, change-maker, and artist. She writes and publishes children's books, using them to build a community that supports young people in creating their own learning tools and social change projects.

Coumba focuses on popular education as a means to spread social justice, and has been instrumental in facilitating hundreds of educational workshops worldwide on gender, race, economic justice, AIDS and advocacy.

Coumba speaks regularly at universities and conferences and contributes as a Board member to several citizen organizations. She holds a B.A. from the New College of California in the U.S.

GRAHAM A.N WRIGHT

Group Managing Director


MicroSave

​Graham A.N. Wright Group Managing Director, London, United Kingdom Linkedin Graham A.N. Wright, the founder and Group Managing Director of MicroSave, pioneered much of the market-led approach practised by MicroSave.

He has over 30 years of experience working with banks, MFIs, telecoms, MNOs, regulators and international funding agencies in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. He also oversees our work in the areas of Digital Financial Services; Training; Knowledge Management; Research; and Responsible Finance.

During his time as the head of MicroSave in Africa, he spearheaded work to transform both Equity Bank and Kenya Post Office Savings Bank, and collaborated in the design and initial testing of M-PESA. He now heads several teams working on digital financial services solutions for banks, mobile network operators and MFIs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.​

LESLEY-ANNE LONG

Global Director


mPowering Health

Lesley-Anne is the Global Director at mPowering Frontline Health Workers (Washington, DC), a public-private partnership focused on ending preventable child and maternal deaths.

She provides strategic and technical leadership to mPowering and coordinates across mHealth and maternal and child health advisors, program implementers, government officials, private technology companies, NGOs, academic institutions, and others focusing on 16 countries sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A former family law barrister, and Dean of a Faculty of Health & Social Care, she has a strong track record of global health development, as well as academic publications in law, global health, social justice, and child rights

PHIL ABRAHAMS

Strategic Business Development Director


CAB International (CABI)

​Phil Abrahams has over 30 years’ experience working in business development, primarily in science publishing. During this time he has managed publications such as New Scientist magazine, Elsevier Trends Journals and the business services of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has launched numerous journals, web services and magazines, and overseen management of the RSC’s Chemistry Library and related information services, the largest collection of its kind in the world.

Phil joined CABI in 2009 and a year later led the fundraising for, and launch of, the Plantwise programme. Plantwise is a global initiative to develop plant health systems which contribute to improved food security and rural livelihoods by helping farmers lose less and feed more, through the identification, control and prevention of pests and diseases on crops. Supported by such donors as the European Commission, DFID, SDC, ACIAR, IrishAid, IFAD and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Plantwise has trained hundreds of plant doctors to run regular rural plant clinics in 24 countries, and continues to grow.

In 2013, Phil’s role changed to coordinate CABI’s emerging business development activities in support of building agricultural trade and the roll-out of mobile agri-advisory services.​