Robert Bell

CEO / Chairman, KlickEx Foundation






Robert is a former HSBC banker and NZX energy trader, with University Degrees in Finance, Economics, Statistics, and Political Science. In 2017, he was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Medal, for Services to the Community (Local Hero award) and in 2012 and 2013 he was named the Hi-Tech Young New Zealander of the Year, two years in a row.

Focused on building national scale platforms for banking and financial inclusion, under Robert’s leadership, KlickEx has delivered platforms that reach the un-banked in unprecedented scales in micro-economies, covering mobile money platforms, to Central Bank national payment systems, and almost everything in between.

Robert keeps up to speed on global best practice, through speaking engagements at the UN, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IMF, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and has undertaken graduate studies in Financial Engineering at Stanford (2012), Cyber Security and AI at MIT (2016), and Executive Governance at Harvard Business School (2019).

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote Work, in my opinion, is becoming what we always hoped it would be: creative, non-monotonous, and rewarding. Work is no-longer about control, but creation.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020