Silvia works at the Department of Economics, at University College London (UCL) in London. She has been teaching in Higher Education for the past 20 years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is pursuing pedagogical research in the fields of inclusive assessment and e-learning. Silvia's scholar research interests are in the areas of development and international economics as well as fintech. Silvia has published in internationally recognised journals, such as Empirical Economics and the Journal of Business Research. In the last year, she has lead two-sponsored research projects on cryptocurrencies. The first one being about the economics stance of bitcoin and the other one, the Laidlaw Scholarship project, was on bitcoin and financial inclusion in China. The Silvia is also committed to widening participation in Economics. In particular, she is developing a project with school pupils and teachers from disadvantaged areas in London for encouraging them to find out more about what economists do. Silvia also serves as a referee for economic journals, such as Oxford Economic Papers and the B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics. She is one of the economics judges for the Global Undergraduate Awards. She provides consultancy for the FCO-UCL project and she is an assessor at the Arena Centre for Research-Based Education. Before joining academia, Silvia has consulted a number of national and international institutions, such as UNESCO, DFID and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Trade.