Kabir Kumar leads Omidyar Network’s global policy and ecosystem building efforts. He supports both nonprofits and for-profits to create transformative solutions that improve people’s lives. Kabir joined Omidyar Network with a deep background in international development focused on financial inclusion, market-based interventions, and technology use.
He was most recently with CGAP, where he led a number of initiatives over the course of ten years, including designing and implementing market-based interventions to expand responsible financial services in key South Asian markets and helping to develop and secure funding for CGAP’s digital finance strategy. He was also part of a team that developed and ran a global program on financial services for the poor that introduced new business models and made it possible for businesses, policymakers, and funders to adopt those models to expand financial access. While at CGAP, Kabir was based in India, where he served as an advisor to the Reserve Bank and Ministry of Finance in their efforts to digitize payments, and as a collaborator on several efforts to develop a new digital, public good infrastructure in India.
Kabir began his career at The World Bank helping them to adopt a gender strategy. He has worked in over 15 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and has been quoted in numerous media outlets including CNN, The Banker, The Economist, and NPR.
Kabir is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.