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Profile: Shawn Cole is a professor in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches and conducts research on financial services and social enterprise. He is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He is on the board of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, as the co-chair for research. He also serves as an external advisor to the Gates Foundation. Before joining the Harvard Business School, Professor Cole worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the economic research department. He has served on the Boston Federal Reserve's Community Development Research Advisory Council, and was the chair of the endowment management committee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit educational organization. In 2015 he was also given a “Faculty Pioneer Award” from the Aspen Institute. Professor Cole received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, where he was an NSF and Javits Fellow, and an A.B. in Economics and German Literature from Cornell University. Much of his research examines corporate and household finance in emerging markets, with a focus on insurance, credit, and savings. In fact, his work on insurance earned the 2015 "Shin Research Excellence Award". He has also done extensive work on financial education in the US and emerging markets. His recent research focuses on designing and delivering advice and education over mobile phones, with an emphasis on agricultural and financial management.