Eugene AdoglaFrom GhanaCo-Founder and Managing DirectorBefore Millestone, Eugene - lastly as Regional Operations Manager, Africa - was a key contributor to the three-year (2011-2014), fourfold growth of microinsurance specialist MicroEnsure’s Africa business to 5.9 million customers covered in 8 countries, and helped develop the operational framework that has powered MicroEnsure’s growth to over 56 million registered customers. Prior to MicroEnsure, Eugene was on the inaugural faculty that launched the acclaimed African Leadership Academy in South Africa, after which he was a social impact strategist for pioneering Ugandan coffee processor Good African Limited.
His thoughts on financial inclusion have been published by, among others, the ILO's Micro Insurance Innovation Facility, the World Bank’s Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, The Economist Intelligence Unit and The Africa Report. Eugene attended and was graduated from Stanford and Oxford.
Jason AllenFrom AustraliaCo-Founder and DirectorBefore Millestone, Jason worked as an academic in public law and legal theory, and recently, law and technology. Jason is admitted (non-practising) as an Australian Lawyer and New York Attorney. Jason graduated from Universities of Tasmania (BA & LLB, 2007), Augsburg (LLM, 2010) and Cambridge (PhD, 2016). Jason's interest in financial inclusion and technology began with a start-up effort to bring off-grid solar, smart metering and peer-to-peer energy sharing in West Africa.
After his PhD, Jason was Judicial Assistant to the Chancellor of the High Court. Most recently, Jason has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow studying the theory and regulation of digital currencies, electronic payment systems and distributed ledger technologies. He speaks on fintech, legaltech and regtech issues, and has recently consulted for the EU Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on digital currencies and central banks.
John SmithFrom The USAAdvisorJohn is the founder of London-based BIOT Health, which conducts research and development of integrated digital and mobile health insurance and risk management technologies for new and emerging markets. He was formerly the Group Chief Actuary at Bupa and has held other executive and actuarial positions with Munich Re (in the United Kingdom), and Milliman and Nationwide Insurance (in the United States).
John’s 25-year career has spanned dozens of health insurance markets worldwide and most aspects of health insurance operations and management. John is a member of the US Society of Actuaries. He has graduate degrees in mathematics and epidemiology, and postgraduate training in population health.
Gus RisbergFrom AustraliaAdvisorGus is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and focuses on providing strategic financial consulting services. Gus has extensive experience in providing financial advice, formerly as a Merrill Lynch Private Client Group advisor, and as a manager in Deloitte’s Financial Services Centre in San Francisco focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive practical legal experience across several industries.
Gus has degrees in Law and Finance and is on the rolls of the High Court of Australia. His dream is to leverage his life experience for the financial empowerment of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people, and is excited to support Millestone to achieve its mission.
S B SekerFrom SingaporeAdvisorSeker has previously worked for the Attorney-General's Department of New South Wales, Monetary Authority of Singapore and Rothschild & Company, among others. He is currently a lawyer for a global payments services firm. He is qualified to practise law in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and England and Wales. His training as an economist has complemented his career as a financial services lawyer.
Seker has particular expertise in regulatory matters and cross-border wealth structuring. His interests lie at the convergence of legal issues around financial engineering and the use of technology to mitigate the impact of financial exclusion and dead capital. Seker’s motivation is to play his part in assisting developing markets and the financially overlooked to leapfrog inefficiencies to their benefit.