I am an assistant professor in innovative technologies for an inclusive and sustainable finance within the entrepreneurship, strategy & innovation management (NIKOS) research group of University of Twente, where I teach entrepreneurial finance.
I am part of the research project SFIDE (Strengthening financial inclusion through digitalisation in Europe), funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB).
I am also principal Investigator of ‘COVID-19 and crowdfunding: an investigation on impact-oriented entrepreneurship projects in 2020’ research project, financed by BMS Covid-19 Fund.
In 2021, I have been appointed Chair of the Business and Impact Council of the UNESCO's International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI).
My academic experience includes a previous position as senior postdoctoral researcher at University College Cork in the project FintechNext (sustainable fintech) and another as postdoctoral researcher at University of Naples (artificial intelligence for sustainable investing). Over the last years, I have collaborated and interacted with various research institutions and multinationals. My professional experience outside academia also includes the creation of an innovation - driven think tank, the scientific direction of a sustainability-focused foundation, and various roles in sustainable financial and industrial companies.
Selected publications / presentations:
2022: AI for financial well being, panelist, ECIS2022, Timisoara (June); BMS Covid-19 Fund Symposium. Presentation of research on Covid-19 and Sustainable Crowdfunding, University of Twente (June); IRCAI Global Top 100 2021 Report (March); From commitment to action, event hosted by IRCAI and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN (February); [White Paper] Insights on sustainable practices of inclusive finance in Europe, European Microfinance Network (February); Open banking and inclusive finance (under review)
2021: Artificial intelligence in the world of work – today and tomorrow. Event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and IRCAI (December); Digital & sustainable practices in European inclusive finance: Updated results. Second webinar organised with European Microfinance Network (July); Il pianeta che verrà. Circolarità, parola d’ordine della ripartenza (The planet to come. Circularity, the password for the restart) Roundtable organised by Forbes Italy (April)
2020: Building an EU dataset of digital & sustainable practices from inclusive finance organisations. Webinar organised with European Microfinance Network (November); Transforming paradigms. A global AI in Financial Services survey, University of Cambridge’s Center for Alternative Finance (CCAF) – World Economic Forum. Leading author of AI Adoption and Investment Management dive chapters (February)
2019: Sustainable Fintech in the Experience Economy: An Investigation of financial extra-performances (under preparation); Presentation of Sustainable FINTECH in the Experience Economy, FEXCO, Killorglin, Ireland (November); Presentation of Mainstreaming AI & digital technologies in sustainable finance: FINTECH in the «Next - SDG» framework, Centre for Global Development, UCC, Cork (November)