Barry Cooper | Technical Director
Cenfri | South Africa

Barry Cooper, Technical Director, Cenfri

Barry is a Technical Director at the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) where he leads the payments and financial integrity workstreams. He started his career in the insurance industry and moved on to the banking industry where he worked as Head of Consumer Bank Operations, South Africa for Standard Chartered. He is a Member of the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa, an ITU working group member and contributor, a founding member of the Digital Fiat Currency Institute, and holds a BCom(legal) Witwatersrand and a LLB from the University of South Africa (UNISA)
Among others, Barry is an expert in consumer due diligence, digital finance, AML-CFT, financial inclusion, payments and remittances as well as ICT, and has a wealth of experience in directing research projects within developing markets across the globe. Identity is a core aspect of many of these projects, particularly the way it relates to the advancement of consumer due diligence practices and the development of the payments and broader financial sector. As such, Barry has developed an interest and set of expertise in identity. He is is keen to support successful implementation of ID systems across the developing world which empower consumers and drive systemic improvements in the financial sector.

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