Main Policy Areas: Enabling business environment, enterprise financing, fiscal policies
With over 20 years of experience, Enrico has implemented around 50 research and consulting assignments for numerous international organizations, government bodies and private clients in some 50 low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. With a passion for tangibly quantifying and demonstrating development results, he has a strong track record in the evaluation of various development partners’ programs and projects. For the International Finance Corporation alone, Enrico has contributed to or led over a dozen evaluations and impact assessments of private sector development initiatives, covering multiple countries, regions and business areas. His evaluation work has largely focused on business climate reform, investment policy and promotion, access to finance and SME development. More recently, he has covered other areas, such as frontier and fragile markets, digital financial services and gender.
Enrico also has a strong background in enterprise financing. This experience has encompassed both analytical work (feasibility studies, financial sector assessments, etc.) and operational tasks (having assisted the managing director of an investment fund for SMEs). Furthermore, he has worked on the economic and financial analysis of infrastructure investment projects. By conducting evaluations and diagnostics, as well as providing policy advice at the government level and hands-on support to businesses, Enrico has developed a deep understanding of private sector operations. Finally, while Enrico truly enjoys working in faraway countries, he has also applied and strengthened his evaluation skills by assessing various EU initiatives, including legislative measures and policy initiatives (commonly taxation-related), and technical and financial assistance programs, and by providing cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment training to European Commission staff.
Enrico has a MSc in Development Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy) and a BSc in Economics from the University of Trento (Italy). At the University of Bologna, he has also worked as contract professor in Industrial Economics.