Maria Pagura currently works as a Senior Program Officer for the Agriculture and Rural Development Department at the World Bank. Maria leads AgriFin's Knowledge and Networks program where she is responsible for the development and management of AgriFin’s global platform on agriculture finance. In addition, she supports AgriFin projects in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy where she led analytical work on rural finance and provided advisory support to member countries. Maria began her career working on enterprise development and microfinance in Mali, South Africa and Uzbekistan. She has written several papers and published a book on rural finance. Maria has a Masters in Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University.