April 28, 2016

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Mr. Giuseppe Gramigna, SME Expert, Advisor to National and Multilateral Entities, and Chief Economist of the US Small Business Administration.

  Giuseppe’s work focuses on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. He advises national, multilateral and non- profit entities on how to best assist SMEs. His area of expertise include: (i) national SME policies, (ii) designing SME assistance programs, (iii) program performance and economic impact evaluations, (iv) portfolio credit risk monitoring and assessments, (v) portfolio and partner risk management.

 At the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe serves as the Agency’s Chief Economist, where he advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He serves as the Chair of the interagency Subcommittee on Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Programs (E-BTAP), a group responsible for developing best practices for implementing economic impact evaluations within the U.S. Federal government. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate and Vice Chair to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Giuseppe works with international organizations such as APEC and ASEAN. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications, and advises national and multilateral entities on how to best assist SMEs.

 Before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe headed the consulting firm, DASSI Corp.  His other areas of interest include the construction industries, tourism, information services, and regional economic development.  Giuseppe earned a BA in economics from The State University of New York at Purchase, and a graduate degree in economics from The New School For Social Research.

 His academic research focused on how changes in financial markets affect small business lending, and on labor migration during periods of economic transition. He later worked in the equity research department of a major investment bank, where he focused on natural resource industries

 During 1996 to 2001 Giuseppe served as vice president and then president of the SUNY Purchase College Alumni Association., He also served as Alumni Representative to the Purchase College Council, a gubernatorial appointed oversight body.


Dr. Fernando Montes-Negret, International consultant (IMF, EBRD)

    Mr. Montes-Negret, a Colombian national, held various senior posts in the Government, including being Under-Secretary of Finance, Advisor to the Monetary Board, Advisor to the Minister of Development, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank (Banco de la Republica), and Economics Professor at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota). He was for 6 years the Sector Director of the Finance and Private Sector Development Department (ECSPF) of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank in charge of defining and implementing the Bank’s strategy for the development of the financial and private sectors of the client countries. In that capacity he led several Financial Sector Assessment Programs (FSAPs), jointly with the IMF, including those for Bulgaria and Montenegro, and directed the Knowledge Economy For for five years, focusing on the promotion of innovation in the ECA Region.

    Before that Mr. Montes-Negret was Sr. Economist -- in the East Asia Region (as Country Economist for China), Sr. Financial Economist in Europe and Central Asia and the Financial Sector Development Department, and Principal Financial Economist. He transferred to the Latin America and the Caribbean Region as Sector Leader in Mexico City.  Returning to Washington, Mr. Montes-Negret was for 5 years Sector Manager, in the Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure Department in the Latin America Region.

IMF and most recent experience

     After retiring from the World Bank in December 2009, Mr. Montes-Negret worked as a Sr. Financial Sector Expert at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF, where he led major FSAPs, including Peru, Mexico, and Uruguay, and work in crisis countries, including Ireland, and Hungary. After retiring from the IMF, Mr. Montes-Negret worked for 2 years as a Sr. Financial Sector Expert, consulting for several international financial institutions (IFIs), being appointed as Coordinator of the Financial Services Advisory Center (FinSAC) in Vienna for a year, directing the Technical Assistance work in the Balkans and South and Central Europe. At present Mr. Montes-Negret continues to consult for the IFIs, including EBRD, teach and write.


Prof. Sudhanshu Rai, Copenhagen Business School

Prof. Sudhanshu Rai teaches at Copenhagen Business School. His research focuses on Innovation in Emerging Economies, Co-creation of Innovation for Future Markets, Institutional Logics, Indian Reasoning, Disruptive Innovation and Knowledge Management. Prof. Rai has led several large EU-funded projects. For instance, he coordinated the Euro-India project which mapped India’s innovative potential and collaborative capacity, and the EU-Asia project that sought to raise the livelihood of entrepreneurs in China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Prof. Rai has also worked for several leading firms at senior levels, like TATA Economic Consultancy Service (TECS) and McKinsey in Singapore.