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Doubell Chamberlain


Doubell is Cenfri’s founder and managing director. As a development economist by training, he specialises in:

  • Financial inclusion innovation
  • Financial-sector policy and regulatory strategy for development
  • Access to financial services
  • Supporting governments on making markets work for low-income individuals

He is committed to social development and believes that financial-sector development and financial inclusion will improve the lives of low-income individuals.

Doubell has extensive experience in micro-insurance, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), distribution of financial services and optimal regulation for market development. He has worked across the developing world, including Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia), Latin America (Brazil, Colombia and Mexico), as well as South and Southeast Asia (India, Pakistan and Indonesia).

Before establishing Cenfri, he worked as a freelance consultant for FinMark Trust and an engagement manager at Genesis Analytics.

Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in economics (cum laude), Stellenbosch University
  • BCom (Honours) in economics, Stellenbosch University and Free University of Amsterdam
  • Bachelor in mathematics, Stellenbosch University
Recent Content by Doubell Chamberlain
Micropensions and the future of work
Learning from the emerging world  Earlier this month, we attended the World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. At the [...]
The role of insurance for growth in Africa
Does insurance matter for welfare and growth? Within the microinsurance discourse, the answer to this question is usually considered from the risk [...]
Microinsurance solutions for climate change
The third edition of The State of Microinsurance annual journal looks at microinsurance solutions for climate change, focusing on pioneering ideas ...
Labour unions and financial inclusion in South Africa
Labour unions play a critical role in improving the well-being of their members through promoting their rights in the workplace. As an organising e...
Role of inclusive insurance markets in economic growth and poverty reduction
There is much dialogue on the way insurance markets can contribute to poverty reduction by helping low-income individuals to preserve assets and mi...
Could this be microinsurance’s uber moment?
Over the last decade, microinsurance has grown from covering fewer than 100 million risks, to covering more than 500 million. But are we overstating [...]