Neville Crawley


Neville is CEO of Kiva, a San Francisco-based non-profit technology company that has facilitated more than $1.2 billion dollars of loans to financially excluded communities in 83 countries and is aiming to bring financial identity and credit history to the 1.7 billion who are currently outside the financial system.

Before running Kiva, Neville was CEO of Quid, a pioneer in using Natural Language Processing and Graph Theory to understand the Narrative.

Neville is originally from the UK and, before moving to the US,  has lived and worked in China, the Middle East, Malaysia and across sub-Saharan Africa, working variously as a music and pop video producer, the publisher of China Economic Review, a consultant at McKinsey, and as as an executive at private equity backed companies. He originally trained in studio arts in Manchester.

Neville generally thinks / worries / writes about the interaction of government, society and advances in technology.

He is currently spending quite a lot of time in Sierra Leone working with the government on financial identity. When home in San Francisco he can be found with his wife Meady and daughter Mika bemoaning the San Francisco legislative branch structure, poking at new bits of technology, and drinking lots of coffee.

Articles by Neville:

The ET Interviews: Banking the Unbankable

By Neville Crawley | December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s possible to do good AND to do well. ET’s Neville Crawley interviews Lev Plaves, Senior Investment Manager at Kiva, on banking the unbankable – refugees and internally displaced populations.

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The ET Interviews: Anti-Authoritarian Technology

By Neville Crawley | December 3, 2018 | 2 Comments

Fresh thoughts on the intersection of technology, freedom and decentralization.
ET’s Neville Crawley interviews Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer for the Human Rights Foundation (HRF).

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Take Back Your Thinking

By Neville Crawley | November 26, 2018 | 7 Comments

In the Common Knowledge World, we lose the ability to distinguish between what we think and what we think we think. It’s Fiat Thought, and here’s how you beat it.

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Cards of Control and a Brave Little Toaster

By Neville Crawley | November 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

All the tech links you need for a great weekend read.

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Working to Protect the World from Bananas

By Neville Crawley | November 12, 2018 | 11 Comments

With technology, even totalitarian surveillance technology, there typically is no ‘big bang’, just a bunch of independent systems coming on line, getting networked together, and then a tipping point. We’re there with China.

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Control Point

By Neville Crawley | November 7, 2018 | 7 Comments

Neville Crawley, CEO of Kiva, returns to Epsilon Theory with “Rabbit Hole”, a regular series of notes on the nexus of government, society and technology.

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