Valentina Assenova is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University, M.B.A., M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Cambridge and Yale University, respectively, and B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School. Her research interests include the emergence and evolution of entrepreneurial activity, including in microfinance and crowdfunding. Prior to joining the Wharton School she was an Assistant Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She has collaborated with organizations such as the Awethu Project, FINCA International, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation on projects and initiatives that advance entrepreneurship, impact investing, and microfinance in emerging economies.