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Barry Cooper

Barry has detailed knowledge in the development and regulation of digital payment instruments and currencies and has a keen interest in the impact of financial regulation on human rights Since joining Cenfri in 2013, Barry has led on risk, remittances and integrity work. During this time, he has led several projects across sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research on barriers to remittances and provide actionable recommendations for governmentsdonors and the private sector 

As an integral part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic team, Barry has gained detailed knowledge of the financialregulatory and supply-side landscapes, national payments systems and emerging payment-related initiatives in a number of different jurisdictions across Africa. 

Barry started his career in the insurance industry, before moving into banking, where he gained expertise in payment systems, wholesale and consumer banking. Barry is a legal advisor, by profession. 

Recent highlights 
  • Formulating international guidelines for digital financial services as part of the UN’s ITU Task Force.
  • Informing UN bodies on necessary actions for global remittances in light of COVID-19 as part of IFAD’s Covid-19 Remittances Task Force.
  • Contributing to the global guidelines working group for Digital Fiat Currency and founding member of the Digital Fiat Currency Institute.
  • Capacity building and training AFI regulators on fintech, crypto-currencies, biometrics and KYC innovation.
  • Developing a biometrics regulatory framework to advance financial inclusion with FSDZ and Zambian regulators.
  • Providing technical assistance to Zimbabwe’s regulators and FSPs on innovative regulation and development of a risk-based supervision framework.
  • BCom (Legal) degree, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB degree, University of South Africa
Recent Work by Barry Cooper
State of instant and inclusive payment systems in Africa
  Real-time retail payments that enable consumers to send and receive cross-border and domestic transactions digitally are on the rise ...
An assessment of customer due diligence and identity regulatory frameworks
Innovation opportunities for enhanced remittance access...
CBDC for emerging markets: realities and expectations
Cenfri has deepened its work on CBDC amid growing interest from central banks ...
Financial sector innovation in Africa
An impact snapshot  In 2...