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R2A Launch: The Digital Opportunity - Reducing Global Poverty through Economic Innovation

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The R2A program was launched at the #DigitalFinanceFuture Convening Series, hosted by Meridian International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Panel: “RegTech for Regulators - Reimagining Financial Supervision and Policymaking”

The panel showcased the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A), a program that engages with financial authority supervisors and regulators to accelerate the development of technologies with the end goals of improving supervision of the expanding digital finance sector and of improving policy analysis. R2A also announced the three financial autority partners.

The panel was one part of a larger event that was livestreamed via Facebook Live at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C.

The event was introduced by Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID


  • Pia Roman, Director, Inclusive Finance Advocacy, and Co-Head, Financial Consumer Protection Department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (R2A partner financial authority)
  • Prof. Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania, and Chair, AFI Steering Committee
  • Kabir Kumar, Director of Policy and Ecosystem Building, Omidyar Network (R2A sponsor)
  • Michael Wiegand, Director of Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (R2A sponsor)

Moderated by Simone di Castri, Director, Policy and Ecosystem Development, BFA (R2A Managing Director)

Later Event: October 13
R2A Washington, DC Lunch Event