Duncan Goldie-Scot, Co-Founder and Director of First Access, featured in a panel at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs on career paths in social enterprise.
Duncan pioneered the use of mobile payments in microfinance institutions in Africa through his not-for-profit company Mobile Microfinance Ltd. He has microfinance field experience in across Africa and has invested in a successful start-up microfinance institution in Tanzania. He is a founding director of Musoni, the first 100% mobile-only/cashless microfinance institution. Musoni runs its operations in Kenya but has plans to expand across all of East Africa.
Duncan trained as an economist and later took a Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School. After university, Duncan briefly edited a computer magazine for what is now Reed Elsevier, then started his own company publishing a wide range of magazines and books, mostly about technology and finance. He has also written his own books, published by the Financial Times, on banking and finance in India, China and South Africa, and edited a Financial Times newsletter about digital and mobile money. He was the founding Chairman of the UK’s Electronic Money Association and a director of the International Financial Cryptography Association.
In addition to First Access and Musoni, Duncan is a director of Mission Markets, a New York-based marketplace for sustainability investing. He is also a trustee of Bidna Capoeira, a sports charity in the UK that provides psychosocial rehabilitation in refugee camps in the Middle East. Duncan serves on the board of the Microfinance Club of New York.