Kosta Peric

Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Kosta Peric is a technologist, and his interests lie at the point of fusion between technology,
finance and innovation. He is the author of "The Castle And The Sandbox", a book explaining how to foster innovation in established companies. Kosta is currently Deputy Director,
Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the
team that focuses on digital payments. From governance through business models to
technology, from ideas through architecture to development, he oversees the strategy and
grants to deliver secure, reliable and affordable digital payment solutions. Previously, he was
the co-founder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation
in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone
worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and
servicing daily the world economy.