FSD Kenya has appointed Tamara Cook as the new CEO to take over from David Ferrand who stepped down at the start of July.
Tamara has a wealth of experience in international affairs having worked in over forty countries across the globe. She joined FSD Kenya in 2014 as the Head of Digital Innovations, a role she held until her appointment as CEO. She contributed to various digital innovations such as digital savings and credit, mobile health, mobile treasury bonds, mobile agricultural finance, and mobile bank payments.
Before working for FSD Kenya, Tamara spent seven years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She managed a global portfolio of grants and loans supporting financial service providers reaching poor people with digital financial services. She also worked with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) for ten years.
Tamara holds an MBA from INSEAD, an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a diploma from the Academy of Executive Coaches.
Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya is an independent organization focused on improving the lives of low-income households by giving them access to financial solutions. It began operating in Kenya in 2005 with the help of the UK’s Department for International Development.