Africa Outlook



Monica Ballestero­s is a Consultant for the Public Policy practice of The Economist Intelligen­ce Unit. She is the project manager of the Global Microscope, a benchmarki­ng index that assesses the regulatory and policy environmen­t for financial inclusion in 55 countries around the world, including 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to her time at The EIU, Ballestero­s was part of Mexico’s Ministry of Finance G20 team where she focused on the financial inclusion agenda. She holds a master’s degree in Internatio­nal Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialise­d in internatio­nal finance and developmen­t economics, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wellesley College.

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