Kay McGowan

Co-founder, Future State

Kay McGowan co-founded Future State, a not-for-profit initiative of the United Nations Foundation, in 2018 to create tools and resources for digital policymakers so that the digital era empowers people and strengthens open societies. Kay has a deep understanding of the policy-making process, both within and between governments and through multilateral structures. After more than a decade as a political officer in the U.S. diplomatic corps, Kay helped conceptualize and implement USAID’s shift to building financial services markets through technology-enabled systems, support for business model innovation, and the reform of regulatory and policy frameworks. A recognized thought leader in digital financial inclusion and policy reform, Kay designs interdisciplinary courses on the role technology and policy innovation for inclusive economic development and improved governance for Georgetown University and speaks frequently at fora related to inclusive FinTech.

Authored Content

  • Jun 21 2019
    Blog Post Can Policymakers Get Ahead of the Technology Curve? As the World Wide Web celebrates its 30th birthday this year, much has been made about the risks of the connected world. At Future State, we are committed to building resources and knowledge to support policymakers who aspire to foster inclusive and competitive digital economies in which personal data is a driver of innovation in […] Jonathan Dolan, Kay McGowan