Laura Lontzek is the Assistant Managing Director of the Center for Microfinance. She studied economics at the University of Maastricht and University Carlos III in Madrid. Laura is completing her PhD in economics at the University of Kiel in Germany. She has been working at the University of Kiel and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy as researcher and as Executive Assistant to the President. Laura joined the Center for Microfinance in 2010. She is responsible for co-managing the Center and for working on specific research projects.