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Conan French

Director, Digital Finance

Conan is currently Director of the Digital Finance department at the IIF. He initially joined the IIF as Senior Technology Advisor in 2015 to expand the Institute’s work on fintech innovations through research, events, and industry engagement. Focus areas include technologies such as mobile payment platforms, robo-advisors, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, data tools, machine learning, alternative lending platforms, and new technology solutions for regulatory compliance.

Conan has over 15 years of experience working on innovations in finance from both the private and public sector. As a Partner at OpenRevolution, he launched several mobile money ventures using new technologies for financial services. Previously, he headed an office of microfinance, regulatory reform and business development experts at USAID providing direction to a global program active in 82 countries. While there, he created public private partnerships with banks using structured facilities and credit guarantees to leverage $5M in USAID funds into $215M in private sector lending to microfinance institutions.

Conan’s earlier experience included work at the Department of State, US Treasury Department, and for the Governor of Massachusetts. While at USAID, he was the US Representative on the Council of Governors for the World Bank’s CGAP.


Conan earned his MBA from Georgetown University and his BA in history and economics from Dickinson College.