Robert is a recognized innovator in banking and digital financial infrastructure. He is a former HSBC Banker, and NZX Energy trader, and has been the force behind the Pacific’s eight country real time regional payment infrastructure since 2013, empowering both Institutional markets and Financial Inclusion, for which he was recently awarded a New Zealander of the Year (2017) medal.
Focussed on getting things done in financial inclusion and banking systems for emerging markets, Robert is best known for stabilising foreign exchange volatility in low liquidity currencies, and building payment and banking infrastructure to benefit the unbanked within those economies.
Often invited to speak as an expert on digital financial security and international payments/exchange/financial inclusion at leadership forums including the G20, United Nations, Commonwealth Heads of Government, The International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, he’s at ease on topics ranging from diversity, to calculus, to NFC.
Robert holds Degrees in Finance (BCom) and Economics (BA), studied Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence at MIT, is a graduate of Stanford University’s Advanced Financial & Quantitative Engineering program, and is a candidate for Harvard Business School’s Executive Governance program, completing in 2019.
“You’re not just asking for real time payments, you’re asking for real time everything from the central bank and that changes the world.”
-Robert Bell at Fintech On Air
It was the natural next step to keep helping the Pacific with new ideas to change this part of the world.
A regional infrastructure group managing payments, financial inclusion, and the financial interests of the Pacific Region.
KlickEx has won acclaim and dropped the prices of transfers in the Pacific from 22% to about 2% or less.
Grid-Augmentation services, ancillary amplification and stabilisation technology for transmission optimisation.
Global Payments & Cash Management CIBM, Global Banking & Markets PCM.
FirstWorld FX designed and developed economic policies for use in capital depleted and remittance dependent economies in the South Pacific.