Maria Teresa Zappia
CIO, Blue Orchard
Maria Teresa has worked in the emerging markets finance sector for over 20 years. She has worked for several development banks and financial institutions (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank, Overseas Development Institute, and OECD Development Centre) based both in the field (Africa, South East Asia, and Central Asia) and in head-office.
Before joining BlueOrchard, Maria Teresa worked as Senior Banker in the Group for Small Business which was EBRD’s microfinance and SME finance team and managed a portfolio of microfinance/SME credit lines with local commercial banks and MFIs across the Balkans, Central Europe and Central Asia. Maria Teresa joined BlueOrchard in 2008 to manage the investment team. As of 2012 Maria Teresa was appointed Chief Investment Officer and is now responsible for the top-down part of the investment process at BlueOrchard together with the Portfolio Management Team that she heads. Maria Teresa is fluent in French, English and Russian and has working knowledge of Spanish. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (Distinction), and a Degree in Economics (BA & MA equivalent, 1st Class Honors) from the University of Florence (Italy).