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Antonia Esser

Antonia has been part of the Cenfri team since April 2016. Her main research areas are payments – with a particular focus on remittances -, insurtech and the country-level financial sector diagnostics. In these areas, she has been working on a multi-part research study on the supply-side barriers to efficient remittance provision in Sub-Saharan Africa, authored a study on MSME insurance in emerging markets and assisted the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) in its technology in insurance regulation guidelines. Furthermore, Antonia co-authored a study about the role of insurtech in inclusive insurance and was responsible for the FinScope data analysis behind Making Access Possible (MAP) Madagascar, as well as supporting MAP DRC.

Antonia’s background is in credit, and in particular micro loans. Before Cenfri, Antonia worked in Tzaneen, Limpopo, as a project manager for South Africa’s largest pro-poor microfinance organisation, the Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF). Operating in the most rural and poorest areas of the country, she oversaw SEF’s financial education programme. She also led a pilot on the potential transformation from joint to individual liability and designed a Financial Diaries project together with the University of Johannesburg and Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) to better understand the impact of credit on a client’s life.

  • Master’s in international trade, finance and development, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • Bachelor’s in economics, University of Birmingham


Recent Content by Antonia Esser
Is there a case for for-purpose remittances?
This report reveals the findings from our qualitative and quantitative research with remittance senders who l...
An analysis of ID proxy initiatives across the globe
BankservAfrica and Cenfri investigate the role of ID proxy initiatives in transforming payment ecosystems in...
Diagnostic study of the Zambian payments system
This diagnostic study explores Zambia’s payments landscape and provides insight and key learnings as Zambi...
Exploring insurtech
Insurtech: An insuran...
Central bank digital currency (CBDC) and financial inclusion
What can CBDC do for emerging markets: a case for mobile money Central banks have st...
Where are the flows? Exploring barriers to remittances in sub-Saharan Africa
Remittance flows represent an increasingly important source of income for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Between 2012 and 2015, formal flows steadily gr...