Dr. Jonathan Greenacre

Hitachi Center Faculty Fellow, Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

  • PhD, Law, Oxford University
  • MSc in Law and Finance, Oxford University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • BA, History and Politics, Sydney University, Australia


Jonathan is a scholar and lawyer. His research examines the regulation of fintech in the developing world. He also examines how financial inclusion goals can be translated into regulation. Jonathan has conducted extensive research on the ‘shadow payment system’. This system includes crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, PayPal, and mobile money platforms in Africa, for example, M-Pesa in Kenya. Jonathan has delivered lectures on this topic in Europe, Asia and Africa. Jonathan studied and practiced law in a commercial law firm. He then read law at Masters and PhD level at Oxford University. He has provided legal and regulatory advice to the United Nations, World Bank, and central banks in Africa and the Pacific.

Professional Activities
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow: Faculty of Law, Oxford University (2016-2017)
  • Consultant to the United Nations, World Bank, and central banks (2012- ongoing)
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow: Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (2012-2015)
  • Lawyer, Clayton Utz law firm (Australia) (2007-2010)

  • United Nations Pacific Roster of Experts

Research Interests
  • Technological change in the developing world
  • The interrelationship between technology, economics, and law
  • Institutions and development
  • Law and development

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  • Board of Advisors
  • Asian Advisory Group
  • European Advisory Group
  • Latin American Advisory Group
  • MENASA Advisory Group