The next billion are more likely to have phones than bank accounts
Rodger Voorhies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Gideon Lichfield is the editor in charge of news at Quartz. He joined after a 16-year career at The Economist, which took him from the science desk in his native London to postings in Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem, covering uprisings, wars, trade disputes, business feuds, political rivalries, social protests, philosophical arguments and bar-room brawls. In 2009 he moved to New York City, where his work on various digital projects for The Economist and teaching budding journalists at NYU set him to thinking about the future of the profession. The main thing he remembers from all his travels are the languages, of which he knows five well enough for interviewing evasive politicians, two more well enough to read, and one just well enough to haggle in. He is obsessed with finding better ways to do the kind of journalism that makes sense of the world instead of just keeping up with it, and with answering the question that has haunted his career: Why can't they all just get along?
Rodger Voorhies is director of the Financial Services for the Poor initiative, and leads the foundation’s effort to make high-quality financial services widely accessible to poor people throughout the developing world. Before joining the foundation, Voorhies lived for nearly 20 years in emerging markets. He worked extensively in Africa and Eastern Europe to establish and grow successful and sustainable microfinance organizations with client-driven cultures that delivered innovative financial services to poor households and communities. He served most recently as CEO of Opportunity Bank of Serbia where he managed the bank through a successful turnaround. He also founded Opportunity Bank of Malawi, the first commercial microfinance bank in Malawi, and grew it to become one of the largest providers of financial services in the country using alternative delivery channels, including biometric smart cards, and mobile banking.