Graduate Student, Tufts’ Fletcher School
Tommy Galloway is currently a graduate student at Tufts’ Fletcher School, studying Development Economics and the role of businesses in emerging market contexts. There, he combines his research skills with an interest in how community based solutions can be leveraged to build better products and policies amongst businesses, NGOs, and governments. Prior to graduate school Tommy worked for 3 years with research organizations in Thailand and Myanmar, on economic policy design, resource extraction impacts, and the role of business in agriculture. Tommy is also proficient in the Burmese language.
The Mastercard sponsored research project, undertaken by Alessandra Valenti and Tommy Galloway, seeks to understand the current informal savings, loans and remittances practices and perceptions of urban and rural populations in Myanmar. This study also examines the feasibility of launching mobile banking services, given current mobile usage and acceptance within these communities. The research aims to deliver valuable insight into informal and formal financial usage habits, as well as facilitate discussions on financial inclusion policy recommendations with the Myanmar government.