Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi

Senior Research Director, Consumer Data Opportunities and Risks

Since joining CFI in 2012, Alex has been an advocate for consumer protection and evidence-based inclusive finance practices.

She manages the responsible data practices research portfolio at CFI which focuses on opportunities and risks for low-income consumers from data-driven financial services. Previously, she was a senior director for CFI’s Smart Campaign initiative, where she managed consumer-protection learning agendas and helped launch the Client Protection Certification Program.

Prior to joining CFI, Alex was a project development manager at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she helped create its microsavings and payments innovation initiative (now part of its global financial inclusion initiative), a research fund focused on impact evaluations of savings products and payment systems. She also worked at the Centre for Microfinance at IFMR Research (now Krea University) in Chennai, India, where she was the head of knowledge management and dissemination.

She has participated in multiple industry working groups on responsible finance, including an advisory group to GSMA’s mobile money certification program and the Microfinance Center’s social performance fund steering committee.

Alex is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown’s foreign service school, as well as a certificate in digital money from the Digital Frontiers Institute and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She speaks conversational French and needs to work on her Italian.




Latest by Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi

Toolkits and Guides
Privacy as Product: Privacy by Design for Inclusive Finance
Toolkits and Guides
Equitable AI for Inclusive Finance
Blog Post • Mar 28, 2023
FIW Recap: Grappling with Data Opportunities and Risks in Inclusive Finance
Blog Post • Feb 02, 2023
In Honor of Data Privacy Week, Let’s Rethink Privacy in Inclusive Finance
Report • Dec 01, 2022
Embedding Trust: The Potential of Privacy by Design for Inclusive Finance
Blog Post • Aug 11, 2022
It Is the Best of Times, and the Worst of Times: India’s New Digital Lending Recommendations
Blog Post • Aug 02, 2022
Digital Credit Algorithms in India: Expanding Access or Cementing Exclusion?
Blog Post • Mar 15, 2022
Understanding the Decision: Consumer Rights and Algorithmic Decision-Making
Report • Mar 10, 2022
Responsible Social Protection: Lessons from COVID-19 Digital Cash Transfers
Blog Post • Mar 09, 2022
If You See Something, Say Something
Blog Post • Dec 21, 2021
Accountability for Algorithms: A Balancing Act for Governments
Brief • Oct 20, 2021
Trust of Data Usage, Sources, and Decisioning: Perspectives From Rwandan Mobile Money Users
Blog Post • Apr 27, 2021
Help Wanted: A Global Push Toward Algorithmic Fairness
Blog Post • Apr 01, 2021
Regulatory Headwinds on the Horizon for Chinese Fintechs: Where Do Consumers Fit In?
Report • Mar 31, 2021
The Stories Algorithms Tell: Bias and Financial Inclusion at the Data Margins
Report • Dec 02, 2020
Protecting Beneficiary Data: Guidance for Municipal Cash Transfer Programs Responding to COVID-19
Blog Post • Oct 15, 2020
Data for Inclusive Finance: Delivering on the Promise for Consumers
Blog Post • Aug 06, 2020
Making Digitization Work for Clients Starts With Client Engagement
Report • May 13, 2020
Clients Deserve to Know: Using Radio to Educate and Empower Consumers in Africa
Blog Post • Apr 30, 2020
A COVID Digitization Stampede Mustn’t Trample Consumer Protection
Webinar • Sep 25, 2019
Making Digital Credit Truly Responsible Webinar
Event • Sep 25, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Webinar: Making Digital Credit Truly Responsible
Report • Jun 25, 2019
Client Voices: Rwandans Speak on Digital Financial Services
Event • Apr 30, 2019 - May 1, 2019
Consumers International Summit 2019
Webinar • Feb 21, 2019
Webinar: Draft Digital Credit Standards
Event • Jul 12, 2018
Responsible Digital Credit Webinar
Blog Post • Aug 02, 2018
Roadmap for Responsible Digital Credit—What We're Doing at the Smart Campaign
Webinar • Jul 18, 2018
Webinar: Responsible Digital Credit
Report • Sep 01, 2017
Tiny Loans Big Questions: Client Protection in Mobile Consumer Credit
Blog Post • Oct 25, 2016
Building Trust and Growing Digital Financial Services: A Look at JUMO
Blog Post • Feb 22, 2016
Borrowing Blind in Peru: Findings from the Client Voices Project
Blog Post • Sep 08, 2014
Emerging Themes in Responsible Digital Finance
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