Chair, The Warwick Commission
Avinash D. Persaud's career spans finance, academia and public-policy in Europe and America. He is currently Chairman of Intelligence Capital, a financial consultancy. Previously, he was managing director, State Street Corporation; global head, currency and commodity research, J. P. Morgan and Director, fixed income research, UBS.
His analytical innovations led him to be ranked in the top three of currency analysts in global investor surveys for over a decade. According to the Financial Times, his work on investors' shifting appetite for risk has entered the popular lexicon of analysts.
Persaud was elected, Member of Council at the Royal Economic Society and is Emeritus Professor, Gresham College. He is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge and Governor, London School of Economics & Political Science. He is Co-Chair, OECD Emerging Markets Network and Deputy Chair, Overseas Development Institute. He was Visiting Scholar of both the IMF and ECB and was elected a director of the 70,000-strong Global Association of Risk Professionals.
The Financial Times described his work on the failure of modern risk management as the 'Persaud Paradox: the observation of safety creates risk'. In 2000, he won the Jacques de Larosiere Prize in Global Finance from the Institute of International Finance, Washington.
In 2009 he co-authored the Geneva Report on the Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation with Andrew Crockett and Charles Goodhart and was appointed to the UN High-Level Task Force on International Financial Reforms.