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Dr Sabrina Leo

Financial Economics

Sapienza University of Rome



Sabrina Leo, PhD, is a Researcher in Financial Intermediaries at the Sapienza University of Rome's Faculty of Economics, Italy, and affiliate researcher at the Centre for Banking and Finance at Regent's University of London, UK. She was a scientific observer on the Italian Advisory Board at the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investment.

From 2011 to 2016 she was a Research Fellow at the Sapienza University of Rome's Faculty of Economics to undertake research entitled: a) "Social finance in Italy. An analysis of funding opportunities"; b) "Microfinance and Social Impact Investment"; and c) "Non-bank financial intermediaries: regulation, risk management and market stability".

Between 2017 and 2018, she was a Lecturer in Financial Intermediaries and professor for the PhD in Management, Banking and Commodity Science at the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2016 she has been teaching on the Master's course "New Horizons of Cooperation and International Law" at the Pontifical Lateran University, Italy.

She is a member of university research groups based at the Sapienza University of Rome's Faculty of Economics on issues concerning social impact finance, NPLs, social impact funds, business models of new microcredit operators, social lending, guarantee funds and securitization for a sustainable microfinance.

Her main research topics are credit, credit crunch, microcredit and microfinance, risk management, social impact investments, IT governance in banks, mobile payments, cashless payment, cryptocurrencies, neuroeconomy, regulation of non-bank financial intermediaries and finance in the audiovisual sector.