Savita Shankar is a researcher from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where she earned her Ph.D. She has previously taught at the Keio Business School, Japan; the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines; and the Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai, India. Prior to her academic career, she worked with financial institutions in India for ten years (Export Import Bank of India and ICICI Bank) focusing on project appraisals and stress asset management. Her research interests include issues related to micro, small and medium enterprises, financial inclusion, and social entrepreneurship. She has consulted for the Asian Development Bank as well as for Habitat for Humanity (Cambodia and Philippines). Her ongoing research includes a collaborative project on the potential for setting up a credit risk database for micro, small, and medium enterprises in India.