On occasion, Emerging Markets ESG publishes a special interview with an academic, expert or practitioner about a specific topic with relevance to environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues.
This month’s interview, the 21st in the special interview series, is about financial inclusion and is with Dr. Ascanio Graziosi, author of the e-book entitled, “Financial Inclusion: Give people a job, not a loan.”
Dr. Ascanio Graziosi is a well-known innovator in the development finance arena with extensive field experience matched with publishing. He has a banking background with a specialization in financial inclusion. He has a Degree in Economics (equivalent to US Master) from the University of Rome, a Diploma in Business Administration, a Diploma in Marketing Research and a Certificate in European Union Foreign Relations. Upon completion of his studies he began work with the Central Institute of Statistics of Italy, then in 1966 started his overseas career with the Central Bank of Somalia, at that time under management of the Bank of Italy. Upon returning to Italy, he joined the Lombardy Savings Bank in Milan, the world largest savings bank by deposits. In 1974, he began work with a consulting firm in Rome and was appointed branch director in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has over 30 years of work experience in 28 countries, with long-term knowledge of Africa as well as familiarity with other emerging markets and transition economies. He has cooperated with the major international development organizations including: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Danish Cooperation, European Commission (Aid, EDF, Meda, Tacis and Phare), FAO, UNDP, WHO and World Bank Group as well as private firms in Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia Federation.