Mike McCaffrey

Digital Regional lead East Africa, Southern Africa @ UNCDF

Mike McCaffrey


Mike McCaffrey manages the Inclusive Digital Economies programme in East and Southern Africa at UNCDF. He has field experience in over 25 countries across Africa, Asia, MENA, LatAm and the South Pacific. His work focuses on leveraging technology to alleviate poverty around the developing world. Previously, Mike founded an advisory firm called Ulana Insights, which worked with digital pioneers in emerging markets. In Kenya, Mike launched and led The Helix Institute of Digital Finance which taught the strategic operations of mobile money and agent banking to practitioners in the developing world. Before that, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, a Regional Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action, and the Financial Inclusion Technical Specialist for the United Nations in the South Pacific. Between advisory roles, Mike is a travel writer and wildlife photographer. He has traveled to over 85 countries, including taking a road trip through 26 states in America in 2012, and a 15-month road trip through 16 countries in Africa in 2016-17. His work is published through his company: Nomadic by Nature. Mike attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, receiving a master's degree in Development Economics & a graduate certificate in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy. He also holds B.A. degrees in Economics & Psychology from the University of California.

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