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Kay McGowan

Senior Director, Research, Policy and Advocacy

Kay McGowan


Kay’s deep policy experience stems from her decades as a diplomat and digital development leader. Notably, Kay drove the shift across USAID and U.S. Treasury to proactively support safe and trusted digital financial services worldwide, working with governments in vulnerable geographies including Haiti and Afghanistan. She has a track record of conceptualizing and building enduring partnerships, including the UN’s Better Than Cash Alliance and Smart Africa’s peer learning network for digital policymakers.

Her current work at the Digital Impact Alliance focuses on accelerating the availability of foundational digital platforms designed, deployed, and governed for the public, and ensuring the resultant data creates value that empowers people and fuels public and private sector innovation.