Kay McGowan, Senior Director, Research, Policy, and Advocacy

Kay McGowan has a long history as a diplomat and digital development expert from her two decades with the U.S. government. Notably, Kay drove the shift across USAID and U.S. Treasury to proactively support safe and trusted digital financial services worldwide, working with country governments in some of the most vulnerable geographies including Haiti and Afghanistan. Kay brings deep expertise in policy, and a track record of conceptualizing and launching enduring partnerships, including the UN’s Better Than Cash Alliance and Smart Africa’s peer learning network for data/digital policymakers.