A’kos Szebeni is a consultant to the Rural Finance team and the Investment Center of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations where he is involved in providing technical assistance to Member States, IFIs and field programmes to promote inclusive rural finance, investment and risk management initiatives, as well as developing a versatile and scalable agricultural credit underwriting toolkit. Prior to joining FAO, he was involved in exploring innovative ways to improve access to finance and investment for MSEs in emerging economies as a researcher at MicroCapital, a microfinance market intelligence firm. In the past, he has held different managerial, technical advisory and analytical roles at global financial institutions such as Citigroup, as well as boutique investment firms where he was responsible for supporting a variety of loan underwriting; financial and credit analysis; mergers and acquisitions; capital raising and private equity transactions for emerging MSEs globally. His work is primarily concentrated in SE Asia and Africa, and he has experience in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Zimbabwe, among others. Mr. Szebeni holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Rome and is a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.