Ignacio Mas

Ignacio Mas is Executive Director at the Digital Frontiers Institute.

Ignacio Mas is an executive director and co-founder at the Digital Frontiers Institute, a new organization that is developing a professional development network and training course around digital money and payments. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School's Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at Tufts University. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Senior Advisor at the Technology Program at CGAP. He has been Director of Global Business Strategy at Vodafone Group, Executive VP of Marketing and Account Management at DoCoMo interTouch, and Senior Manager responsible for telecoms investments in Europe for Intel Capital.

Posts by Ignacio Mas

Musings on money: The household money management model of mass market

This research report discusses how behavior is governed by perceptions and aspirations around financial goals, income patterns, and financial instruments. The paper ends with “ten governing rules” that the mass market segment considers intuitively when managing money.

Liquidity Management: Mobile Money

In this video, Ignacio Mas Deputy Director Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks about stores acting as cash merchants and their basic need to periodically rebalance their cash and e-money holdings. He explains the basic options for doing so, including going to a bank branch.

Future of M-Banking

In this video, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the future of m-banking in microfinance industry.

Future of M-Banking

In this video, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the future of m-banking in microfinance industry.

Mobile Banking Part 3

In this video series-3, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the role of various partners involved in making branch-less banking a sustainable business model. Ignacio talks about the numerous choices MFIs must make on various fronts such as technology, business model, product, marketing etc before adopting rolling out branchless banking channel. He emphasises on developing […]

Mobile Banking Part 2

In this video series-2, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the biggest issue of m-banking sector – remuneration of an agent. He elaborates the steps needed to regularise it and further enlists the benefits global operators and banks enjoy within this business model whereas agents are struggling to fit within. Ignacio highlights security and numerous […]

Mobile Banking Part 1

In this video series-1, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the opportunity of branch-less banking through mobile banking framework. He speaks on the need for establishment of trust in such system. He further emphasises the need to include a variety of transactions on such mobile-banking platform to make the business model viable and sustainable.

Mobile Banking

In this video, Ignacio Mas, Senior Advisor, CGAP, discusses the challenges of fixing remuneration for agents in mobile banking. Ignacio notices that mobile operators and banks enjoy certain benefits and opportunities but agents face problems in handling cash. In addition, Ignacio discusses the way ahead for mobile banking and how volumes can be increased by […]