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Barry Cooper


Since June 2013, Barry has been collaborating with Cenfri on its retail payments thematic area and has been part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic team in Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi, among others. In the process, he has gained detailed knowledge of the financial, regulatory and supply-side landscapes, national payments systems and emerging payment-related initiatives in the different jurisdictions.

He also involved in the focus group on digital financial services at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, tasked with formulating international guidelines for digital financial services, including interoperability, financial ecosystems, consumer protection and technology, innovation and competition.

Barry started his career in the insurance industry and moved on to the banking industry – with significant exposure to payment systems, wholesale and consumer banking (as head of consumer banking operations in South Africa, for an international bank). He has a particular interest in the development and regulation of digital payment instruments and currencies, with an emphasis on the human rights impact of financial regulation. He is also a legal adviser by profession.

Qualifications
  • BCom (Legal) degree, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB degree, University of South Africa
Recent Content by Barry Cooper
An analysis of ID proxy initiatives across the globe
BankservAfrica and Cenfri investigate the role of ID proxy initiatives in transforming payment ecosystems in...
Diagnostic study of the Zambian payments system
This diagnostic study explores Zambia’s payments landscape and provides insight and key learnings as Zambi...
The importance of indicators in combatting illicit financial flows
The problem of illicit financial flows is recognised in the SDGs yet little progress has been made in combat...
Central bank digital currency (CBDC) and financial inclusion
What can CBDC do for emerging markets: a case for mobile money Central banks have st...
The evolution of agent networks in Africa
Case study: Kenya The majority of mobile-money flows continue to be dominated by cas...
Payment systems in sub-Saharan Africa
This two-part note series explores the state of national and regional payment systems in sub-Saharan Africa ...