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Hennie Bester

Hennie is an experienced public policy strategist working towards an inclusive digital Africa. Rooted on a sheep farm in the Karoo, South Africa.

He specialises in the analysis of markets for financial inclusion purposes and designing policy and regulation to advance financial inclusion. He has advised governments in Africa, Latin America and Asia on financial inclusion policy and regulation. Among others, he was the legal drafter of the regulations for mobile payment service providers (including M-Pesa) issued by the Central Bank of Kenya.

After studying economics and law, Hennie practised as a qualified attorney for several years. He served as a member of the National Parliament of South Africa (1991 to 1994) and later in the Provincial Parliament of the Western Cape (1994 to 2001). He served in the cabinet of the Western Cape provincial government, first as the Minister for Business Development and Tourism and subsequently as Minister for Community Safety. He participated in the negotiations that paved the way for South Africa’s first democratic constitution, and he chaired the Constitutional Committee that drafted the Constitution for the Western Cape Province – the only provincial constitution in South Africa.

Hennie served on our board from November 2012 until April 2021.

  • Economics and Law, Stellenbosch University
  • LL.M degree, University of Cambridge (UK)

Recent Work by Hennie Bester
Data insights in achieving retail growth in Rwanda
The retail and trade (merchant) sector is one of the priority sectors for the ...
Agriculture an important policy priority for Rwanda
Agriculture plays a major role in the Rwandan economy: close to 75% of the population’s livelihood depends on farming. However, the majority of t...
What is data-driven decision making and what does it mean for Rwanda?
Nothing illustrates the incredible power of data-driven decision-making more than the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Lamenting the disparit...
Policy options for regulating platforms work
Cenfri, in partnership with the ...
Digital app services in sub-Saharan Africa sees promising start
Expanded smartphone access in Africa underpins evolving consumer behaviour. Smartphon...
Policy options in a post-COVID-19 Africa
A COVID-19 policy response framework to recover and adapt COVID-19 is leaving no count...