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About i2i

Learn more about the team and values that drive our work. Background, about us, i2i vision and mission, our work, team members, focus countries, advisory panel and contact.

About us

insight2impact (i2i) is a global resource centre that seeks to improve financial inclusion through the smarter use of data.

Whether you are a financial service provider, policymaker or development partner, we aim to see you develop evidence-based, data-driven policies or client-centric products that are inclusive and impactful.

Why data?

Although increasing volumes of data – both internal (e.g. client transactional data) and external (e.g. alternative data from social media or geospatial data) – are becoming available, we are yet to fully capitalise on the power of that data to advance financial sector development and generate better financial inclusion and welfare outcomes.

How we contribute

The initiatives undertaken by i2i include:

Who we work with

We facilitate the data market and bridge the data gap to sustainably connect decision-makers with the data they need. We accomplish this by building on and showcasing the existing knowledge base of financial inclusion data and collaborating with a wide range of partners, including, individuals, companies, organisations, and other entities that are well-positioned to provide high-quality data solutions to financial service providers, policymakers, and other financial inclusion actors.

Launched in 2015, i2i is jointly hosted by Cenfri and FinMark Trust and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.


Meet the people that drive our work and promote our values.

Hennie Bester i2i, Lead
Grant Robertson Data4FI, Head
Dumisani Dube Application Lab, Head
Isabelle Carboni Measurement, Manager
Michael dos Santos Data Portal, Manager
Louise de Villiers Client Insights, Engagement Manager
Bobby Berkowitz Data4FI, Researcher
Nicola Schoeman Data Science Manager
Kgomotso Tolamo Research and Innovation Analyst
Robert Jones Research and Innovation Analyst
Leonard Makuvaza Measurement, Researcher
Shirley Jeoffreys-Leach Data4FI
Damola Owolade Data4FI, Researcher
Renée Hunter Client Insights, Researcher
Candice Borgstein Communications Specialist
Petronella Tizora Data4FI, GIS
Karen Kühlcke Content Curator
David Saunders Knowledge Manager
Amanda Schoeman Personal Assistant

Advisory panel

Meet the experts helping us navigate and respond to the dynamic external financial inclusion environment.

David Porteous
Leora Klapper
Gerhard Coetzee
Fiona Greig
Elisabeth Rhyne
Henri Dommel
Olubayo Adekanmbi
Marissa Dean
Arnold Kavaarpuo
Billy Owino
Johan Bosini
Manasee Desai


Please contact us at the details below if you have any questions about i2i and our work.

FinMark Trust

Sanofi House, Second Floor 44 Grand Central Office Park 2 Bond Street Grand Central Extension 1 Midrand +27 11 315 9197 Homepage[email protected]


The Vineyards Office Estate Farm Farm 1, Block A Building 99 Jip de Jager Drive Bellville, Cape Town +27 21 913 9510 Homepage[email protected]