Blockchain and Financial Inclusion



Welcome to the Rhetoriq Podcast Season 1: Blockchain and Financial Inclusion! This series will focus on how Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology can be used to achieve Financial Inclusion.

Despite modern technology, 2.7 billion people remain unbanked worldwide – could Blockchain and DLT hold the answer? We’ll speak to some of the top innovators, researchers and thought leaders in this space as they give their thoughts.

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Arunkumar Krishnakumar

Venture Capital, Blockchain, Crypto, Fintech and AI

#Inclusion is the new #Innovation. Arun is a Venture capital investor, speaker and writer with particular interest in Fintech, Blockchain, Crypto and AI. He loves use cases with a strong emerging markets angle to them, serving the underserved and tapping the untapped.


Efi Pylarinou

Independent Fintech/Blockchain Advisor

Efi Pylarinou, Ph.D. in Finance, is a seasoned Wall Street professional who has grown into a global Fintech influencer.  Included in the Women in Fintech powerlist by Innovate Finance; in Women in Fintech DACH social ranking; and the Global Fintech 80. Advisor on financial services digital transformation with more than 160,000 Linkedin followers and a domain focus on Digital Wealth Management & Capital Markets.



Tricia Martinez

Founder & CEO of @GetWala & Dala Cryptocurrency Behavioral Economics from @UChicago

Tricia is a serial entrepreneur and behavioural economist who has devoted her life to solving problems for underserved consumers around the world. Her experience ranges from cash transfer solutions in Africa to small business microfinance, to the development of an investment fund for underserved markets. Prior to Wala, Tricia built a cash transfer technology that provided universal income to subsistence farmers in Uganda and tracked the investment and financial well-being of its recipients. While spending her career in the financial inclusion space working directly with consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Tricia has been exposed to the deeply rooted complexities and barriers in the financial systems. With her background in behavioural economics, Tricia decided to take a different approach and began testing incentives models as a means to influence financial behaviour. From there, Wala was born. Tricia completed her Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in Behavioral Economics from the University of Chicago.


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