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How Can DeFi / Crypto be Transformative for Financial Inclusion? Lessons from the Field

Vikas Raj July 8, 2022

Is Decentralized finance (DeFi) really the key to democratizing access to financial services for the ~2 billion globally who are unbanked? The jury is still out, but too often the discussion is focused on technology, and not the stories of how underserved consumers and small businesses are actually interacting with DeFi in emerging markets and in the US (and how they might in the future). Vikas Raj of resilienceVC will moderate a discussion with expert entrepreneurs and investors in emerging markets and fintech / crypto from Mercy Corps Ventures, Ejara, and Goldfinch, who will explain and highlight DeFi use cases from their work and untold stories of impact. They will also point out risks, limitations and challenges that need to be addressed to build a better path forward and ultimately serve the world’s financially excluded.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Financial Inclusion, DeFi, Crypto, LMI Populations, MSMEs

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of this session is to advance people’s perspective on DeFi / Crypto by showcasing the voices of entrepreneurs and investors who are leveraging this technology for financial inclusion. Audience members will walk away with a point of view on the promise of DeFi / Crypto for inclusion, the current state of the field, and how to address current challenges and issues.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameScott Onder
  • TitleCo-Founder and Senior Managing Director
  • OrganizationMercyCorps Ventures
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameNelly Chatue-Diop
  • TitleCEO & Founder
  • OrganizationEjara
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameMike Sall
  • TitleCo-Founder
  • OrganizationGoldfinch
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
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