My interest in SME finance goes back to my days at the World Bank and I have been actively involved in the research and policy debate since then; moving beyond providing evidence
for the firm size gap in access to finance to identifying specific lending techniques and business models to improve SMEs’ access to finance. Among other initiatives, I also was a juror in the G20
SME Finance Challenge. I am currently a leading researcher in a DFID-financed project on Innovation and Growth in ten
low-income countries, focusing on SME Finance. I am also leading an impact study of the European Fund for Southeast Europe for Armenia, Montenegro and Serbia.