The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation is a London-based not-for-profit think-tank that looks at threats and opportunities in the financial services sector. It is sometimes described as the City’s think-tank.
Thanks to the generosity of the City of London Corporation, it has just completed an on-line Directory of academic (and other) expertise. The intention is that this will be an easy-to-use data base of what UK academia has to offer to the financial services sector. It is not limited to (say) financial engineers or macroeconomists; the idea is to bring together in one place all the disciplines and expertise that the City (in its many forms – banks, IT providers, professional services firms etc) needs.
The Directory is easy-to-use and completely free – free to those who list their services and
free to those who want to find a particular source of expertise. It was launched at the City Guildhall in early January by Lionel Barber (editor of the FT) and Stuart Fraser (chairman of the City’s policy committee) and it has already generated a great deal of enthusiasm.
Now, we have to get it populated – in particular, with the names/details of UK academics from a range of disciplines (economists, sociologists, finance/business specialists, historians, IR/PoliSci experts etc etc). We are looking for at least a thousand individual entries – which means we need your help, both to put up your own details and to pass the word along to friends and colleagues. I have included a link to a flyer which explains how the site works and what you need to do. It is (I hope) self-explanatory; but, if you have any problems, please let us know – preferably by emailing Lisa Moyle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your assistance is much appreciated.
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