Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO BlueOrchard Finance Ltd., talks about promoting female talents in finance as her personal and professional ambition.
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Maria Teresa joined BlueOrchard in 2008 to manage the investment team. As of 2012 Maria Teresa was appointed Chief Investment Officer and was responsible for the top-down part of the investment process at BlueOrchard together with the Portfolio Management Team. She now leads the Blended Finance Impact Management team and is responsible for the PPP funds under BlueOrchard’s management and BlueOrchard’s impact practice. Before joining BlueOrchard, Maria Teresa worked as Senior Banker in the Group for Small Business which was EBRD’s microfinance and SME finance team and managed a portfolio of microfinance/SME credit lines with local commercial banks and MFIs across the Balkans, Central Europe and Central Asia. She also worked for the Asian Development Bank and for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in several field positions in Africa, Asia and Central Asia. Maria Teresa, holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (UK) and a Master in Economics from the University of Florence (Italy).