The Women's World Banking Team

Rajesh Bansal


Mr. Rajesh Bansal is the CEO of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH). A highly regarded thought leader, he has nearly three decades of global experience in digital financial services and digital infrastructure across Asian and African markets.

Mr. Bansal has been one of the key architects of India’s journey from a cash to cash-lite economy by actively promoting policies and designing new solutions for scale and adoption. He was a member of the founding team of Aadhaar and specifically led the design of India’s Direct Benefits Transfer system which is benefiting hundreds of millions of low-income clients. He played a key role in creating India Stack, a digital ID-based infrastructure for a presence-less and cashless service delivery platform, and has been a member of several committees of Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), including in areas of technology, payment systems, and financial inclusion.

Prior to joining RBIH, he was a senior adviser at Carnegie India, where he led the centre’s Technology and Society programme. Mr. Bansal holds a Master’s degree from Duke University, USA in International Development Policy and has authored a number of articles and opinion pieces in leading publications. Today he is recognised as one of the Top 30 Indian fintech influencers in 2022 and has been a recipient of the prestigious Golden Jubilee scholarship scheme of the RBI.