Douglas Pearce is Practice Manager for Financial Infrastructure & Access in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Previously he was Global Lead for Payment & Market Infrastructures and Responsible Financial Access. He also jointly leads (with an IFC co-Head) the Universal Financial Access 2020 initiative. He was previously Practice Manager for Financial Inclusion. He manages the global Financial Inclusion Support Framework program, and the global Financial Consumer Protection program. Previously he led financial inclusion operations and technical advisory work for the World Bank in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Prior to joining the World Bank he was Country Manager for DFID, led DFID’s global financial sector team, was Deputy Head of the Growth and Investment Group, and chaired the FIRST Initiative steering committee. While at CGAP as Senior Financial Sector Specialist he led CGAP's work in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, and introduced a program of innovation funding and research in agricultural finance. Before joining CGAP he set-up and managed a successful microfinance institution (Bosnia), and was a senior economist at the Natural Resources Institute (UK).