FSD Kenya bids farewell to long-serving Director David Ferrand, appoints Tamara Cooks as CEO

FSD Kenya has appointed Tamara Cooks as Chief Executive Officer to continue the work of developing and deepening financial inclusion following the exit of David Ferrand who has been with FSD since inception almost 20 years ago.

In a farewell event attended by CBK Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge among other guests and colleagues, Ferrand was credited for building an institution that has played a pivotal role in growing Kenya’s fintech sector by advocating a more inclusive approach and developing solutions that genuinely change the lives of ordinary Kenyans.

Ferrand led FSD Kenya to achieve its goal of generating sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of lower-income households through increased incomes and employment.


Jean Bosco Iyacu, the Director of Programs at Access to Finance Rwanda said;

A great leader indeed. Very committed to financial inclusion and financial sector development in Sub Saharan Africa. A man full of wisdom and insights. Wishing you all the best.

Rafe Mazer;

“An inspiring boss and mentor, and a very fun person to chat on any topic under the sun.

Job Mariga:

Such a great leader. Indeed he’ll be missed dearly.

Before her appointment as FSD Kenya CEO, Tamara Cooks was the Head of Digital Innovations at FSD Kenya from 2014 and has previously worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and CGAP.

Cooks has an MBA from the acclaimed INSEAD and is an alumni of The George Washington University.

She is passionate about creating value through inclusive finance.