Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor
Kosta Peric is a technologist, and his interests lie at the point of fusion between technology, payments and innovation. He is deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the Level One Project initiative to foster deployment of payment platforms to serve the poor (http://leveloneproject.org). He is Chair of the Board of the Mojaloop Foundation (http://mojaloop.io), which hosts the Mojaloop digital public good open-source software making it easy and free to interconnect payment systems. He serves on the board of the InterLedger Foundation (http://interledger.org), the home of the open protocol for sending payments across the internet. Previously, he was the co-founder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and servicing daily the world economy. He is the author of "The Castle And The Sandbox", a book explaining how to foster innovation in established systems and companies.