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Every week, a business school professor, an expert in his or her field, defines key terms on FT Lexicon, our online economics, business and finance glossary.

Eloy Garcia has been a visiting professor of finance and strategy at IE Business School in Madrid since 2006.

Between 1971 and 2007, Prof Garcia was at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington. His last position was that of Treasurer of the institution, a position he occupied for seven years.

Before joining the IDB, Prof Garcia worked for the Comptroller of the Cerro de Pasco Corporation at its offices in Lima and New York.

Prof Garcia holds a BA in international finance and an MA in economic development from Georgetown University in Washington.

Prof Garcia has been teaching graduate students for the past 25 years alongside his IDB career. He is a professor of international financial markets and development finance and banking at the American University in Washington and professor of financial management and fixed income at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. He is an occasional professorial lecturer of fixed income management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

He was a member of the International Advisory Board of Cass Business School from 2000 to 2009 and currently is a member of its MBA programme board.

This week, Eloy Garcia adds the following terms to FT Lexicon:

bottom of the pyramid (BOP)

micro-credits

micro-insurance

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