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Michael Pisa

Policy Fellow

PhD in political science, University of California, San Diego


Mike Pisa joined CGD as a policy fellow in October 2016.  His current research focuses on how technological innovation can support financial inclusion and how the withdrawal of correspondent bank relationships may affect remittance flows.  Other research interests include the effect of financial regulation on financial inclusion and economic development, aid effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected states, and innovative sources of development financing.

Prior to joining CGD, Pisa spent eight years at the U.S. Treasury Department working in a number of different roles.  Most recently, he served as a senior policy expert for the Under Secretary of International Affairs, helping to direct the U.S. government’s efforts to address the decline of correspondent bank relationships and the loss of access to bank services by money transmitters.  Earlier, he served as deputy director of Treasury’s Office of International Banking and Securities Markets and as a desk economist covering China and India.  As Acting Financial Attaché in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, Pisa worked with the Afghan government to help strengthen its capacity to conduct public financial management and financial sector supervision.  He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis on international political economy.  

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