Professor MARIO LA TORRE is currently Full Professor in Banking and Finance and Director of the MA course at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy. His publications include Securitisation and Banks, Postbank in Italy and Mergers & Acquisitions in Banking. Recent articles concerning microfinance include Modern Microfinance: The Role of Banks and Ethical Finance and Microfinance.
Professor Gianfranco Vento is a Professor in Banking and Finance and a senior lecturer at the European Business School. He was previously an analyst in the Banking Supervision Department at The Bank of Italy, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. His main research interest relates to the money market and microfinance. He is the author of Interbank Market and Euro system (Giappichelli 2005).