Dr. William Derban

Dr William Derban
Financial inclusion

William has 15 years banking experience providing sustainable, market-based financial services to the unbanked and under-banked in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  His experience includes financial inclusion, microfinance, digital financial services, sustainability and corporate responsibility.  He consults with C&E on NGO and private sector engagement projects.

He is currently the Director for Inclusive Banking and CSR at Fidelity Bank Ghana Ltd, where he set up the first agency banking programme in the country. Prior to working at Fidelity, Dr. Derban worked for Barclays for almost 10 years and was the Head of Community Relations with Barclays Africa and Emerging Markets where he managed the community investment strategy across 14 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia with a budget worth over $20m. He also held various senior positions in the global community investment and financial inclusion departments in Barclays London. 

In addition to financial inclusion, he has established successful projects on youth entrepreneurship, preventative health, clean energy solutions, women's empowerment and integrated rural development programmes. Dr. Derban holds many awards in recognition of his work, including awards from the Kalahari Mobile Awards, Ghana Banking Awards, Clinton Global Initiative, Coffey awards and has been highlighted in the Financial Times, New Africa, The BBC and Harvard Kennedy School and the UNDP best example case studies.

William earned his doctorate in Microfinance and Development Finance from the Nottingham Business School, UK. He has an MBA from Birmingham City University, UK and a first class degree in Economics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is on the boards of Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (Nigeria) and Junior Achievement Africa (JA). He lectures on sustainability and financial inclusion and is also a passionate speaker at various conferences on development across Africa, Middle East and Europe. William lives in Ghana with his wife and three children.

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