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RGP team

Dr Giovanni Bandi

Executive Director

Dr Bandi is the Executive Director of the Regulatory Genome Project at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is an expert in financial regulation, regulation technologies and Quantitative Risk Management. In his current role he is involved in numerous projects to introduce AI processes, machine-readable regulations and RegTech applications to the global Regulators community. He also conducts research on technology applications for regulatory matters and regularly consults on financial services, including ESG.

Before joining Cambridge University, Dr Bandi worked as Director of Supervision at the QFCRA in Qatar and he has been an IOSCO Investment Management Committee member for several years, chairing various working committees on fund leverage and digital assets investments. His regulator experience started at the FSA where he was a Technical Specialist for the Investment Management Supervision Department. He previously worked in Industry and has been the head of wealth management analytics at MSCI RiskMetrics. Dr Bandi also taught economics and finance for almost decade at Northwestern University in its Qatar campus.

Dr Bandi holds a PhD in Financial Regulation from Durham University, an LL.M in EU Business Law from pan-European universities (PALLAS group) and an MSc/BSc in Finance from Bocconi University.

Dr Yassar Nasser

Head of Global Relations

Dr Nasser is the Head of Global Relations at the RGP. Yassar is an international Executive and Academic with a solid track record in established and emerging markets. His international career involved senior and board positions at major universal banks, commercial enterprises, and renowned universities globally. Yassar combined his professional career with Academia, holding a Doctorate in Monetary Economics and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He teaches on the Master of Finance and EMBA Programmes at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Yassar Joined the Competitiveness Institute at Harvard in 2017 with a focus on strategic competitiveness for firms and nations. Yassar’s research interests and publications are on the areas of Strategy of Competitiveness, Clusters, Monetary and Financial Economics, and Strategic Finance.

Adam Edwards

Administrative Manager

Adam has joined the RGP team from contracting for the Civil Service. He keeps the lights on in the office (literally, they’re on a sensor) and coordinates the backend processes of the team. With an international outlook based on his education and interests, Adam brings a systematic approach to delivery of the project. He holds a BA in Development Studies and Law via SOAS and Kings College London, and an MSc in Geographic Information Systems. Adam is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. In his spare time, he is a keen amateur medieval historian writing and presenting on various topics such as wine history, cooking and the Wars of the Roses. He is also sometimes found wielding a longbow for the local archery club, and a rapier for a local historical society.

Research affiliates

Heidi Richards

Heid is a former senior financial services regulator, having led and implemented major pillars of international banking policy and financial sector reforms in Australia and the United States. At the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority she headed the policy division, and previously she was an officer at the Federal Reserve Board. She now advises regtech and fintech firms and conducts research into regulatory innovation. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Economics, both from Harvard University.

Christopher Wilson

Chris Wilson is a senior risk consultant specialising in prudential regulation and supervision. With over 25 years of experience in global financial services, he provides expert advice on topics ranging from prudential compliance to fintech and cybersecurity. He consults for a mix of public and private sector clients such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, while private sector clients include banks and fintech startups.

From 2012 to 2021, Chris was a Senior Financial Sector Expert with the IMF involved in all aspects of the Fund’s work on regulation and supervision spanning surveillance, capacity development and analytical research. His work on Basel III implementation culminated in a publication of a Working Paper addressing proportionality. During his time at the Fund, he was responsible for conducting country assessments of compliance with the Basel Core Principles. From 2017-2021, he supported the IMF’s work on operational risks and was involved in all aspects of the Fund’s work on cyber risk and financial stability. He co-authored publications on this topic in addition to publications on cyber risk supervision. In the area of fintech, Chris contributed to the development of the IMF’s Bali Fintech Agenda. Other aspects of his work on fintech included policy guidance on regulatory sandboxes, cloud computing and institutional frameworks. He represented the IMF on several international working groups eg, the Financial Stability Board’s WG on bigtech and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s WG on operational resilience.

Prior to the IMF, Chris was a Senior Manager at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and a supervisor at the UK’s Financial Services Authority. He holds a master’s degree of Politics and Public Policy, and an undergraduate degree in Economics, both from Macquarie University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.