About FMT

Overview


FinMark Trust (FMT) is an independent trust established in 2002 with the objective of making markets work for the poor. Initial core funding was provided by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) through its Southern Africa office. Recently additional funders have come on board including the UNCDF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation as well as private and public institutions at country level. FinMark Trust’s purpose is ‘Making financial markets work for the poor, by promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration’ as well as institutional and organisational development, in order to increase access to financial services for the un-served and under-served. FinMark Trust commissions research to identify the systemic constraints that prevent financial markets from reaching out to these consumers and by advocating for change on the basis of the research findings.

FinMark Trust achieves its purpose by:

  • Playing a catalytic role to make financial markets accessible, sustainable and inclusive by promoting and supporting policy and institutional change across Africa;
  • Providing information that encourages financial service providers to understand the potential and characteristics of new market segments;
  • Promoting financial capability and consumer financial protection;
  • Promoting growth and integration in the financial services sector in Southern Africa, focusing on SADC member states and contributing to the process of regional policy harmonisation, together with translating and setting best practice through evidence-based advocacy.

Our Trustees


Our Team


Brendan Pearce
Brendan Pearce
Chief Executive Officer
Kingstone Mutsonziwa
Kingstone Mutsonziwa
Head of FinScope
Nikki Kettles
Nikki Kettles
Head of SADC Financial Inclusion Programme
Farai Muronda
Farai Muronda
Head of South Africa Financial Inclusion Programme
Monkwe Tsholetsane
Monkwe Tsholetsane
Head of Finance and Operations
Prega Ramsamy
Prega Ramsamy
SADC Engagement Executive
Grant Robertson
Grant Robertson
Head of Data4FI
Nkosi Ncube
Nkosi Ncube
Head of Application Lab
Jabulani Khumalo
Jabulani Khumalo
Senior Information and Research Specialist
Obert Maposa
Obert Maposa
Senior Information and Research Specialist and MAP Liaison Officer
Abel Motsomi
Abel Motsomi
Information and Research Specialist
Mojgan Derakhshani
Mojgan Derakhshani
SADC MAP Financial Inclusion Specialist
Candice Borgstein
Candice Borgstein
Knowledge and Communications Manager
Matthew Emanuel
Matthew Emanuel
Digital Finance Specialist
Damola Owolade
Damola Owolade
Data4FI Research Specialist
Bobby Berkowitz
Bobby Berkowitz
Data4FI Research Specialist
Shirley Jeoffreys-Leach
Shirley Jeoffreys-Leach
Data4FI Survey and Data Researcher
Petronella Tizora
Petronella Tizora
Data4FI GIS Technologist
Michael Dos Santos
Michael Dos Santos
Data Portal Manager
Dumisani Dube
Dumisani Dube
Application Lab Associate
Nicola Schoeman
Nicola Schoeman
Data Science Project Manager
Marlene Ehmke
Marlene Ehmke
Deputy Project Manager and Financial Coordinator
Michael Tsikai
Michael Tsikai
Accountant
Precious Mncube
Precious Mncube
Administrator
Priscilla Cebisa
Priscilla Cebisa
Office and Events Management Assistant
Ellen Motiang
Ellen Motiang
Office Assistant
Phathutshedzo Mukwevho
Phathutshedzo Mukwevho
Project Support Intern
Tiwonge Kanchenche
Tiwonge Kanchenche
Communications intern