About
Us

CSFI functions as a critical friend to one of the most dynamic and important parts of the UK economy, recognising that what happens in the world of financial services affects us all.

The spirit of free and intelligent discussion, unshackled by competitive restraints or partisan agendas, has been at the heart of CFSI’s work since its founding in 1993.

ADGMA Academy

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Asian Banking School

Asian Banking School
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Académie des Banques et Finance (ABF) de Tunisie

Académie des Banques et Finance (ABF) de Tunisie
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Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF)

Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF)
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Coastline Solutions

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Fintech Nexus

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IPBF

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Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA)

Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA)
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Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies (KIBS)

Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies (KIBS)
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Risk Coalition

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Findexible

Findexible
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nstitut De Financement Du Développement Du Maghreb Arabe (IFID)

nstitut De Financement Du Développement Du Maghreb Arabe (IFID)
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Who are CSFI?

The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) is a think tank that seeks to engage in and promote free and progressive discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the modern financial services sector. Our work focuses on the most significant drivers of change in the industry, including:

  • technology – the potential impact of AI and other digital advances
  • sustainable finance – the role of banks and financial regulators in tackling the risks associated with climate change
  • finance for an ageing society – innovative solutions to pensions, housing and demographic issues
  • the UK and Europe – the new world of trade and regulation
  • financial inclusion – empowerment and education.

Our in-house experience, connections within the industry, and additional expertise acquired by joining The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF), means that CSFI is able to provide cutting-edge thought leadership and research to help shape the future of the financial world.

The aim of our research is to open thought-provoking debate about the financial services, with a view to making the industry more transparent, more inclusive and, above all, more sustainable. We are free from competitive constraints and partisan agendas and so can share our research and ideas from an objective, impartial perspective.

Our
History

 

 

The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) was set up at the beginning of 1993 by Andrew Hilton, formerly an economist at the World Bank, and by David Lascelles, who had been banking editor at the Financial Times. It is now run by Dr Martina Garcia, who has a career background that includes leading the international markets team at the London Stock Exchange.

CSFI has run hundreds of face-to-face debates and events over the years and has deep roots in the City. Its first chairman, Sir Kit McMahon, had been deputy governor of the Bank of England. The next was Sir George Blunden, also a former deputy governor of the Bank of England. He was followed by Sir Brian Pearse, the former chief executive of Midland Bank. He was followed by Sir Malcom Williamson, former Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank. The last chair of CSFI as a stand-alone charity was Giles Andrews, a co-founder of Zopa and a director of the Bank of Ireland.

Following many years of collaboration on events and debates, and on Financial World, LIBF’s quarterly magazine, CSFI joined The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) in November 2022.