India Lead, Financial Services for the Poor at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Pawan Bakhshi is the country lead at the India country office, driving the Financial Services for the Poor India strategy. He focusses on how to efficiently and effectively deliver digital financial services to the poor which can be quickly scaled to national levels while engaging with the Government, Regulators and Private sector players.
He was a part of RBIs Committee on Medium-term Path on Financial Inclusion and is currently a part of the technical sub-group for RBI’s Committee on household finance.
Prior to joining BMGF, he was the Associate Director for Digital Financial Services at MicroSave. He was also an expert faculty at the Helix Institute Digital Finance, Kenya, which trains staff of mobile money operators on Agent Networks.
He is considered a pioneer in the Mobile Commerce / Digital Financial Inclusion arena and co-creator of India’s first mobile wallet service – Airtel Money. He led the program from Ideation to Go-to- Market. Later he incubated the transformation track for providing Airtel Money services for the social sector covering people from the bottom of the pyramid. He was the co-lead for SingTel’s m-commerce program across 7 countries.
Pawan completed his Ph.D. from Faculty of Management Studies, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Strategy and Marketing) from International Management Institute, New Delhi and his Bachelor’s with Honors in Economics from Delhi University, New Delhi.