Barbara Scola works as a Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP where she focuses on developing guidance for funders and financial inclusion in the Arab World. Previously, Barbara worked as a technical advisor for GIZ in a project focused on strengthening the institutional and regulatory environment of the microfinance sector in Tunisia. Barbara co-authored several publications on funding flows to microfinance and the effectiveness of funding. She has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and the Institute of Political Science in Paris, where she specialized in development studies. Barbara is fluent in German, English and French, with working knowledge of Spanish.