Mr. Ascari is currently Chief Operating Officer of SACE S.p.A, the Italian export credit company. He joined SACE in 2000; prior to his current position he was the Head of Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer.
Since 2010 Mr. Ascari has been Chairman of SACE BT, SACE S.p.A subsidiary operating in the Credit Insurance, Surety and Bonding industry and Member of the Board of SACE Fct, a subsidiary active in factoring. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Ascari served as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Berne Union Medium-long Term Committee.
He teaches postgraduate courses in Economic Development and International Trade at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Prior to joining SACE, Mr. Ascari worked for FIAT USA where he held the position of Vice President for International Finance and Head of the Washington DC FIAT office. His previous experience also includes the World Bank, where he worked in the East Africa Region as Advisor to the Italian Executive Director and Member of the Board. Mr. Ascari holds a degree in Economics from the University of Bologna and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Bradford (UK).
Growth and development in Africa: where are we?
The African continent has been one of the best performers in the new century. This notwithstanding, it remains the least developed region in the world. How do we explain Africa’s historical performance? What are the ingredients for growth and development? Are recent improvements going to consolidate or will African revert to the historical trend? Africa is hardly a homogenous region. To understand a country reality, we need a complex toolbox: history, international relations, social sociology, economics, etc. How can we approach the study of African countries? How can we develop a multidimensional approach?
The first module of the course will introduce the key analytical concepts linked to growth and development: how they are measured; how does Africa compare with other regions; what are the key challenges and the results on the ground. The second module of the course will analyze a specific country situation: Mozambique. A set of analytical tools will be applied to understand the level of development achieved and challenges that lay ahead. The third module of the course will focus on some of the key factors to sustain growth and development in the future with a focus on financial resources, in the context of the governance system and development strategy pursued by African countries.