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Organising Committee

Raffaella Calabrese

The University of Edinburgh

Raffaella holds a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University (Italy) and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). Before being appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Edinburgh, she was a Lecturer at the University of Essex.

She has conducted research at the University of Pennsylvania, Louisiana State University, Luigi Bocconi of Milan, University College Dublin, and ETH Zurich. She is a member of the Business and Industry section of the Royal Statistical Society and of the local Operational Research Society.

Raffaella has been awarded 10 research projects, funded by the ESRC, British Academy, Regional Studies Association, and the Italian Ministry of Education. She has published widely on credit risk, systemic risk, spatial econometrics, and rare events.

Her research appears in journals such as Risk Analysis, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Regional Science.

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Gbenga Ibikunle

The University of Edinburgh

Gbenga is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Financial Markets at the University of Edinburgh Business School and the Director for Industry, Economy and Society (FinTech) at the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh Futures Institute. He is also the Deputy Scientific Director at the Fondazione European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Pescara, Italy and a Fellow at the Rozetta Institute (formerly Capital Markets CRC) in Sydney, Australia.

His work on high-tech financial markets has been of interest to both policy makers and practitioners, leading to presentations at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street and at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where he was a Research Visitor in 2016 and 2017. Gbenga's research on dark pools/markets was published by the FCA and cited by the Bank of England in 2017. He also co-authored a second FCA publication on the trading of interest rates swaps. Gbenga is also an expert on the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness Roster of Experts. He has been a Visiting Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Porto and China University of Petroleum, Beijing.

Gbenga holds an MBA (Distinction) and a PhD (in Market Microstructure) from the University of East Anglia, where he also held teaching and research positions with the Norwich Business School and the Environmental & Energy Finance Group respectively. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a member of several bodies, including the Royal Economic Society, the American Finance Association, and the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE). Gbenga also recently served as a Special Issue Guest Editor with Technological Forecasting and Social Change, where he co-edited an issue on the technological transformation of capital markets.

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Tiejun Ma

The University of Edinburgh and the Alan Turing Institute

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Taylor Spears

The University of Edinburgh

Taylor Spears is a Chancellor's Fellow in FinTech and Financial Services and serves as the Deputy Director for the MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Taylor's research is situated in the social studies of finance and accounting, and focuses on how institutional, technological, and regulatory developments shape the way financial instruments are evaluated by market practitioners.

He received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh (2014) and an MSc (with Distinction) in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy from the University of Sussex (2010), which he attended as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar. He received his BSc (summa cum laude) in Economics (major concentration) and Mathematics (minor concentration) from Arizona State University in 2008.

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Tong Wang

The University of Edinburgh

Tong Wang holds a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics, as well as an MS in Management from the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He gained a BSc in Material Physics and a BSc in Management Science from the University of Science and Technology of China.

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