Josephine Kass-Hanna

Josephine Kass-Hanna

Assistant Professor, IESEG School of Management, France

Josephine Kass-Hanna is an Assistant Professor at IESEG School of Management, France. Her research revolves around financial inclusion, financial literacy, household finance, international development, and the economic empowerment of vulnerable populations, with a focus on the MENA region. She collaborates with UN agencies to assess the socio-economic vulnerabilities of forcibly displaced populations and better inform strategies needed to support them and enhance their overall resilience. Her recent work focuses on the impact of financial and pandemic shocks on women, as well as their economic participation. She has been contributing to the work of Think 20 (T20) under five G20 Presidencies (Japan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Indonesia, and India) providing recommendations on supporting crisis-affected populations through digital financial inclusion and the humanitarian-development nexus. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a certified public accountant and a consultant for SMEs.

Areas of Interest:
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Household Finance
  • International Development
  • Economic Vulnerability
  • Poverty and Inequality
Education:
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Perpignan Via Domitia, Perpignan, France, 2014
  • Master’s Degree in Accounting & Finance, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, 2005
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Lebanese University, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2004
Experience:
  • Assistant Professor, IÉSEG School of Management, Paris, 2022 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Management, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2015 – 2022
  • Visiting Scholar - Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program, College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2016
Latest Publications:
  • Lyons, A. C., Kass-Hanna, J., & Montoya Castano, A. (2023). A multidimensional approach to measuring vulnerability to poverty among refugee populations. Journal of International Development, 1–32. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3757
  • Kass-Hanna, J., Lyons, A. C., & Liu, F. (2022). Building financial resilience through financial and digital literacy in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Emerging Markets Review. 51(A), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ememar.2021.100846
  • Lyons, A. C., & Kass-Hanna, J. (2021). Financial inclusion, financial literacy, and economically vulnerable populations in the Middle East and North Africa. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade. 57(9), 2699-2738. https://doi.org/10.1080/1540496X.2019.1598370
Lebanon’s Untapped Potential: The Persistent Challenge of High Economic Inactivity among Young Women

Areas of Interest: Financial Inclusion Household Finance International Development Economic Vulnerability Poverty and Inequality Education: Ph.D. in Economics,... Read More

December, 2023

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A Machine Learning Approach to Targeting Humanitarian Assistance Among Forcibly Displaced Populations

Areas of Interest: Financial Inclusion Household Finance International Development Economic Vulnerability Poverty and Inequality Education: Ph.D. in Economics,... Read More

November, 2023

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A Machine Learning Approach to Targeting Humanitarian Assistance among Forcibly Displaced Populations

Areas of Interest: Financial Inclusion Household Finance International Development Economic Vulnerability Poverty and Inequality Education: Ph.D. in Economics,... Read More

May, 2023

Conference Paper
A Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Vulnerability to Poverty of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Areas of Interest: Financial Inclusion Household Finance International Development Economic Vulnerability Poverty and Inequality Education: Ph.D. in Economics,... Read More

April, 2021

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