Jake Kendall

Director, DFS Lab

Jake Kendall is the Director of the Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab (DFS Lab) housed at Caribou Digital. DFS Lab is an accelerator for high-potential entrepreneurs working to introduce innovative FinTech solutions to the developing world. Via tailored guidance and hands-on support from leading experts, the organization helps refine, grow and launch businesses that can transform the lives of the poorest, profitably and at scale. Formerly Jake was Deputy Director of Research and Emerging Technologies within the Financial Services for the Poor Team at the Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, he spent time as an Economist with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) within the World Bank and in two start-ups in the field of cryptography. Jake is a published researcher and author and holds a PhD in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and a BS in Physics from MIT. After MIT, he spent two years in Zambia as a fisheries extension agent with the US Peace Corps. See some of his research on his SSRN Author page.