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Hennie Bester


Hennie is a passionate leader and experience 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.

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

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Recent Content by Hennie Bester
A trial by fire
The future of financial health measurement What ...
When digital payment goes viral: lessons from COVID-19’s impact on mobile money in Rwanda
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Emerging trends from Africa’s digital platforms
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A customer-centric approach to measuring financial needs
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How innovation can boost jobs creation
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Using transaction data for financial inclusion policy insights
Policymakers, development organisations and sometimes even private sector players, often rely on financial inclusion data uncovered through consume...