About Disberse

For aid professionals, by aid professionals

Disberse was founded by Ben Joakim and Paul Currion. Between them, Ben and Paul have over 30 years’ experience working in aid, managing funds and driving innovation across the globe

Our Story

Coming from different perspectives, Ben and Paul recognised the same problem - the specific needs of the aid industry weren’t being met by existing financial institutions. At the same time, advances in financial technology and financial regulation had created the space for innovation in aid finance - advances which Disberse builds on.

Our approach

Our approach is simple: we’re building our platform with partners, testing it continually and paying attention to the ethics of humanitarian innovation. We’re on a journey, building a transparent and decentralised financial institution, helping you to distribute aid finance to where it’s most needed.

Our team

We bring together expertise in international development and humanitarian crisis response, social enterprise, finance and technology.

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Ben Joakim

Founder & CEO

Ben’s background in international development and social enterprise. He was a global advisor at SNV, led UK NGOs, and invested in early stage social ventures at UnLtd.

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Paul Currion

Founder & COO

Paul has 20 years of humanitarian experience, improving coordination and collaboration through technology. Formerly of the UN, Red Cross and Start Network.

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David Woolcock

Head of Banking

David is a banker and trader with over 40 years experience with foreign exchange markets. David is Vice Chair of ACIFX and was a former Director at FXall.

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Archie Graham

Financial Controller

Archie is chartered accountant with YBSM Partners, formerly managing finances at UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.

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Sue Guy

Compliance Lead

Sue has worked in banking and financial services for over 25 years. Formerly at HSBC and last 5 years in FinTech industry, leading on risk and compliance 

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Nick Ward

Lead Developer

Nick is a software developer with expertise in blockchain and distributed systems. Formerly of Consensys Academy, Nick is also an alumni of Montana State University. 

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Pavle Batuta

Blockchain Developer

Pavle is a blockchain architect and developer with experience in building distributed systems. He is also the founder of Chaintek, a Belgrade blockchain firm. 

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Aleksandar Ostojić

Systems Architect

Aleksandar is an information systems architect and full stack developer. Previously, he has led technical and systems development for multiple trading platforms. 

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Kathryn Llewellyn


Kathryn is currently CEO of United Purpose and is a former Director at the Great Initiative, Pump Aid & the One Foundation.

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Tom Keatinge


Tom is the Director of Financial Crime and Security at RUSI. He is a former banker and was previously Managing Director for Public Sector at J.P. Morgan.

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Laura Bailey


Laura has held a number of roles across financial services, most recently HSBC. Founder at Qadre & Spokesperson at British Blockchain Association.

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Peter Chapman


Peter is a Partner at Clifford Chance and specialises in advising both financial institutions as well as disrupters on strategic legal and regulatory matters relating to fintech.

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Work with us


We are currently recruiting for several roles. If you are interested in joining Disberse.

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