Yasmina McCarty is the Head of Mobile for Development for the GSMA who works with members and partners to develop innovative, scalable and sustainable ways to achieve social impact with the mobile phone.
She joined the GSMA in 2010, and has held various roles including Commercial Director of Mobile Money, Interim Head of M4D Impact and Head of Operations and Development for Mobile for Development.
Prior to the GSMA, she was Co-founder and CEO of GreenMango, a social enterprise which helped low-income entrepreneurs in India grow their businesses. Yasmina spent five years in micro-finance at Women’s World Banking and ACCION USA, developing customer insights and financial products for low-income clients in emerging markets.
Yasmina holds an MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School, a BS cum laude from Northwestern University and is a TED India Fellow (2009), Echoing Green Fellow (2008), and Cartier Women’s Initiative Asia Laureate (2007).
At the latest GSMA: Mobile 360 Series – Africa conference, IT News Africa caught up with McCarty in order to discussed Mobile for Development in Africa, Mobile Money in Africa, and Barriers Preventing Women in Africa Going Online.
The interview can be found below:
Video interview conducted by Darryl Linington