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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Gavin Francis

Technical Lead

Gavin is a software & blockchain development expert. He has built financial systems for companies including National Express. Formerly of EH7.

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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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Samuel Goudie

Brand Lead

Sam is the founder of Homamo, a product, design, and business consultancy. He was formerly the Chief Product Officer at Doopoll.

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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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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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Work with us


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

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