The CSFI extended its scope in 2008 through the launch of a Fellowship programme. Starting with insurance, the Centre has paired with big players in the financial sector to run round-tables and dinner discussions on cutting-edge issues, culminating in a report written by the Fellow, who is the programme's intellectual leader.
DTCC/CSFI Post-Trade Fellowship Programme
Launched in June 2011 and funded by The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), this Fellowship aims to make a meaningful contribution to the debate on the future of the European Post-Trade sector at a time of momentous change and uncertainty. The Fellow is Peter Norman, author of Plumbers and Visionaries, and more recently, The Risk Controllers. Peter previously spent 17 years at the FT and 22 years as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Bonn and Frankfurt). More info...
Visa CSFI Fellowship Programme
The first Visa/CSFI Fellowship Programme in Payments Technology was launched in 2008 and will be concluded with a report in 2011. Meanwhile, a second Visa/CSFI Fellowship Prgramme in Identity in Financial Services was launched in December 2010. The Fellow of both is Dave Birch, director (and co-founder) of Consult Hyperion, one of the UK’s leading IT consultancies. Dave is a former columnist for The Guardian, chairs the Digital Money Forum and runs his own blog on payments technology. Further information can be found at:http://digitaldebateblogs.typepad.com/vrf/
Citi/DFID CSFI Fellowship Programme
The second CSFI Development Fellowship will bridge the knowledge of the City with the markets of emerging countries and will look at how best to provide sustainable financial services to make a positive difference to some of the poorest people. The Fellowship is jointly supported by Citi and the Department for International Development. The Fellow is Sam Mendelson. To read a copy of the press release, please click here.
The programme was initially designed to accelerate the flow of new financial and technological ideas to emerging markets, for example, using mobile phones to move money in Kenya, deploying derivatives to guarantee farm incomes in Botswana, building pensions systems for the very poor. Its first Fellow was Mark Napier, former Chief Executive Officer of the FinMark Trust. To obtain a free copy of the final report, published in February 2011, please click here.
Generali CSFI Fellowship Programme
This fellowship programme was launched in September 2008 with Generali to study issues in the insurance field. The programme links iconoclastic financial practitioners and observers to the Centre and permits them to shape its work agenda. The Fellow is Shirley Beglinger (the author of two CSFI reports, and a former senior staff member at Swiss Re and Aon).