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 Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation Governing Council

The CSFI is headed by a governing council chaired by Sir Brian Pearse, former finance director of Barclays, and former chief executive of Midland Bank.



The council sets the overall direction for the Centre and reviews its activities. The other members of the council are:



Minos Zombanakis (also chairman of the CSFI's trustees) is one of the founders of the Euromarkets and was formerly head of international investment banking for First Boston and Manufacturers Hanover.



Sir David Bell (also a trustee) is chairman of the Financial Times Group and sits on the board of Pearson plc.



Geoffrey Bell is the founder and a member of the board of directors of the Group of Thirty, and president of Geoffrey Bell and Company.



Robert Bench is former vice-chairman of the regulatory practice and managing partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington. He is a former deputy US Comptroller of the Currency.



Rudi Bogni is a director of Old Mutual plc, Kedge Capital, Prospect Publishing and a trustee of LGT, as well as several other institutions. In his professional past, he was a member of the executive board of UBS as global head of private banking and of the executive committee of Midland Bank as Group Treasurer.



Peter Cooke was until recently chairman of the world wide regulatory practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. He is a former executive director of the Bank of England, and chairman of the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision.



Bill Dalton was an executive director of HSBC Holdings plc from 1998, Global Head of Personal Financial Services until May 2004 and Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc until January 2004. He is currently a non-executive director of Swiss Re GB Plc.



Sir David Davies is chairman of EFG Private Bank.



Charles Goodhart is the Norman Sosnow professor of finance at the London School of Economics. He was until 2000 a member of the Bank of England's monetary policy commitee, and is the co-founder of the LSE's Financial Markets Group.



John Heimann is a former chairman and senior advisor to the Basel-based Financial Stability Institute (which he helped set up). He is a former US Comptroller of the Currency and chairman of Merrill Lynch's global financial institutions group.



René Karsenti is Executive President and member of the Board of Directors of ICMA. He is a former Director General of Finance of the European Investment Bank and Treasurer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.



Henry Kaufman is chairman of Henry Kaufman & Co in New York. He is a former partner at Salomon Brothers.



Angela Knight is chief executive designate of the British Bankers' Association and former economics secretary to the Treasury.



Richard Lambert is Director-General of the CBI and a former editor of the Financial Times.



Robin Monro-Davies was the chief executive officer of Fitch until the end of 2001. He is currently a non-executive director of Fitch, and Fimalac S.A. Amongst his other non-executive directorships are AXA UK Plc and New Flag. Previously, Robin founded IBCA and was joint managing director of Fox-Pitt Kelton.



Rick Murray is the chief claims strategist at Swiss Re. He was previously a senior officer of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu organization and chairman and chief executive officer of Minet Professional Services. He is currently the director of the Corporate Performance Project for the World Economic Forum.



John Plender is a leader and feature writer at the Financial Times and specialist on corporate governance.



David Potter is a former chief executive officer of Guinness Mahon Holdings and deputy chairman of Investec Bank (UK) Ltd. He is currently chairman of InfoCandy, Atlantic Capital LLP and Eon Lifestyle Ltd, a non-executive director of Noble Group, WMC Communications, New Media Spark, and Omega UK, and Hon. Treasurer of Kings College London.



Mark Robson is a senior manager at the Bank of England. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University , a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Economic Society. He is also a Chartered Mathematician and Scientist, Member of Council of City University, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.



Sir Brian Williamson until recently was chairman of LIFFE but is still a member of the Euronext supervisory board. He is a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, chairman of Electra Investment Trust Plc and is a senior advisor to Fleming Family & Partners. He is a former chairman of Gerrard Group Plc; NASDAQ International Advisory Board and was also a director at the Financial Services Authority and a member of the court of The Bank of Ireland.



Peter Wilson-Smith is a senior consultant at Quiller Consultants, one of the UK’s leading strategic communications consultancies, whose clients include major educational organisations, charities and companies. He is also Chairman of Oxford School of Drama. Before joining Quiller Consultants, Peter was Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of Financial News. His journalistic career spanned daily and weekly newspapers, as well as reporting and presenting on television and radio.



David Rule was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the International Securities Lending Association in May 2007. Previously David was Head of Sterling Markets Division at the Bank of England where he led the Bank's reforms of the sterling money markets which completed in 2006. David also chaired the Securities Lending and Repo Committee from 2002 until 2006. Earlier in his career David worked as a banking regulator and on payments and settlements policy at the Bank. He has published a number of articles on credit, fixed income and money markets and on financial regulation.



Andrew HiltonAndrew Hilton is director of the CSFI. Dr Hilton is a former World Bank economist and editor-in-chief of the International Reports group in New York. He also runs a small economic consulting firm in London. He has published widely on economics, energy and finance. He has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from New College, Oxford.



Jane Fuller is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and consulting editor of Financial World. She chairs the Accounting Advocacy Committee of the CFA Society of the UK, the analysts’ organisation. In 2005 she formed her own consultancy, Fuller Analysis, and her clients include the Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Times. She is also co-editor of Harriman’s Financial Dictionary. Jane spent more than 18 years on the FT, culminating in the role of Financial Editor. During that time she wrote for the Lex, Lombard and Leader columns.



David LascellesDavid Lascelles is senior fellow and joint founder of the CSFI. A former financial journalist, David's areas of interest include the impact of new developments such as the Internet and the euro on the finance sector, and the future of the City of London in the era of e-banking and the single currency. He is also author of the CSFI's popular annual "Banana Skins" survey, which identifies the major risks facing the world banking industry.



Before joining the CSFI in 1996, David was with the Financial Times where he held a number of senior positions including New York Correspondent, Banking Editor and Resources Editor. In these positions he wrote extensively about international business and finance, and acquired a broad knowledge of the global marketplace.



In April 2005 he published "Other People's Money- the revolution in high street banking". The book, commissioned by the Institute of Financial Services, traces the social and economic changes in the finance sector over the last half century, and identifies trends that will shape the future.



David Lascelles is a graduate in modern languages and law from Cambridge University. He is married with two children.

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