Meet the Leadership Team
Annamaria Lusardi, Director
Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Chair of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Moreover, she is the founder and academic director of GWSB’s Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC). Previously, she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she taught for twenty years. She has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. From January to June 2008, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Bocconi University.
Dr. Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She was also awarded the 2015 Financial Literacy Award from the International Federation of Finance Museums, the 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award from the Council for Economic Education, the 2013 William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and the National Numeracy Network’s inaugural 2012 Steen Award. Moreover, she is the recipient of the 2007 Fidelity Pyramid Prize, an award to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans.
She has published more than sixty academic articles and edited two books: Overcoming the Saving Slump: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008, and Financial Literacy: Implications for Retirement Security and the Financial Marketplace, joint with Olivia Mitchell, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Dr. Lusardi chairs the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)’s Financial Literacy Expert Group. She also chairs the OECD/International Network on Financial Education’s Research Committee. In 2009, she served as a faculty advisor for the Office of Financial Education of the U.S. Treasury.
Curriculum Vitae (short version)
Kristen Burnell, Executive Director
Kristen Burnell is the Executive Director at the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University School of Business. Burnell oversees the general management of the center, leads information dissemination and marketing efforts, and works with external partners and collaborators on various projects. Previously, she spent seven years teaching high school social studies in New York City and Connecticut. Prior to teaching, she worked in development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Burnell earned a B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Carlo de Bassa Scheresberg, Senior Research Associate
Carlo de Bassa Scheresberg is the senior research associate at the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. At the Center, Carlo is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of research projects in financial literacy and financial capability for major stakeholders, such as government organizations, regulatory agencies, and financial corporations. Prior to his work at the Center, Carlo worked in research and consultancy at Jesa Investment & Management in Shanghai, China. He holds an MS in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.