Ken Banks

Head of Social Purpose

Ken Banks is a British award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global development expert with an undergraduate major in Social Anthropology with Development Studies. He is best known for developing FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging platform used today by non-profits in over 190 countries around the world.

He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize. In recognition of his pioneering work, he was presented with the 2017 Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science by the Association for Computing Machinery in the USA, and in 2018 appointed Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Judge Business School in Cambridge.

Ken also has two published books to his name: The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator (2013), and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2016).

In addition to his pioneering work with mobile technology, Ken is a keynote speaker, thought-leader, consultant, innovator and mentor.

In 2018 Ken closed down his company,, to take on a full-time role as Head of Social Purpose at Yoti, a London-based startup developing innovative digital identity solutions.