Bob Annibale is a Senior Fellow at the University of London, SOAS, focusing on social, sustainable and inclusive finance, social entrepreneurship, and financial justice. He worked in senior business, risk and corporate positions at Citi in Athens, Bahrain, London, Nairobi, and New York.
He is widely recognized as the founder and Global Director of Citi Inclusive (Social) Finance (2005-2020) and his additional leadership of Citi Community Development, which is focused on financial inclusion, immigrant integration, affordable housing, and racial justice in the US. Since inception, Inclusive Finance has mobilized over $3.8bn in financing across 36 countries, developing new products with partner institutions and clients that are focused on serving the financial needs of underserved communities, working across Citi’s businesses and geographies.
Bob has served on several boards, including of the Citi Foundation, Goldsmiths College, the Centre for African Economies (Oxford), the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (World Bank), the MIX, and the Financial Health Network. He currently serves on the boards of Accion, Grameen America, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., and the advisory board of the Center for Inclusive Finance. He served three terms on the FDIC Chairman’s Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion and was a founding member of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisory Council on Financial Education and Inclusion.
He was honoured as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration for his work supporting immigrant integration and citizenship in the US, and by Euromoney as a “Global Impact Banking Champion.” For five years Bob was included in the Financial Times’s OutStanding “Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders.” He holds a B.A. in History and Political Studies from Vassar College (NY) and a M.A. in African Studies (History) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.