2021 Fintech Innovation Challenge Judge

Dave Kim

Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dave Kim believes that we can create a more just and joyful world through design, technology, and community.

 He is a Program Officer on the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he leads the team’s strategies on cash-in cash-out (“CICO”) networks and financial health. 

During his time at the Gates Foundation, Dave has created FSP’s product innovation strategy, served as the country program officer for Kenya, and represented the Gates Foundation across multiple working groups and organizations (e.g., World Economic Forum, International Development Innovation Alliance). He is also the chair of FSD Kenya’s Programme Investment Committee. 

Prior to the Gates Foundation, Dave was at ?What If! Innovation, a global innovation and design firm, and Opera Solutions, a management and strategy consulting firm, in their New York and London offices. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Cornell University.