Simone di Castri

Director, Research, Advisory & Influence

Simone is Director of Research, Advisory & Influence at BFA. As an expert in policy development for financial and digital inclusion, with a focus on emerging markets, he has worked with global standard setters, senior policymakers, regulators and private sector executives from 40+ countries. He has designed and implemented new policies to improve the efficiency of the financial sector and the digital ecosystem and focused on legal drafting, Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA), technology solutions for regulators and supervisors (RegTech), fintech regulation, and data and privacy frameworks. He also teaches a course on “Digital Approaches to Development: ICT4D and Digital Citizenship” at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Prior to joining BFA, Simone was the Advocacy and Regulatory Director for the Mobile Money programme at the GSM Association. In this role he worked with the decision makers to address the policy and regulatory barriers that were preventing mobile financial services providers from scaling and serving the low-income customers, and with the industry to improve risk mitigation and compliance policies, launching and implementing of the Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers. Simone has also worked for the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) where he managed AFI grant portfolio in Latin America and Francophone Africa, and conceived and coordinated the working group on financial consumer empowerment and market conduct. He has also worked as Policy Analyst at the World Bank (CGAP), and microfinance Junior Project Manager and Research Coordinator at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). He is a lawyer, with a PhD in Law and Economics, and speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish. He has authored a range of publications that can be downloaded here.