Alex Kessler

Research Manager

Alex plays a leading role in CFI’s research and policy influence work focused on two themes: advancing responsible data practices for inclusive finance and addressing the barriers to women’s financial inclusion. Alex joined CFI in 2017, originally focused on consumer protection and digital finance. Her current portfolio builds off previous work on consumer protection to examine issues such as the increasing use of alternative data in financial products, emerging data rights frameworks, and algorithmic governance. She also supports projects on gender and women’s economic empowerment, with a specific focus on how social norms interact with financial inclusion goals.

Alex’s background blends journalism and communications experience with research on financial inclusion. In her previous role at Monitor 360, Alex helped build data-enabled products to provide strategic communications insights and advised clients from government agencies, foundations, and the private sector on marketing and outreach strategies. She also worked as a reporter and editor for The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon, covering Middle East politics and Lebanese civil society. More recently she led projects examining the barriers to entrepreneurship in the Middle East for the Wamda Research Lab and analyzed Rwanda’s regulatory environment for financial inclusion for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Alex holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts.

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