Research Fellows






Don Kanak

Senior Fellow

Don Kanak is the Chairman of Prudential Insurance Growth Markets and Chairman of Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia and Africa.

Don’s research as a Senior Fellow at the Program on International Financial Systems has focused on climate change policy, including solutions for reducing deforestation and degradation of natural forests (REDD) and financial frameworks for achieving energy transition. He has also researched and written on capital market development with particular emphasis on emerging markets.

Don, based in Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years. From 2008 to 2015, Don served as Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia and from 2012 to October 2020, as Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia focused asset management business of Prudential plc. From 1992 to January 2006, Don held a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), ultimately Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG. Before moving to Asia in 1986 he was a partner of an international strategic consulting firm.

Early in his career Don worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and maintains a strong interest in sustainability. He is on the global Steering Group of the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) and is Co-chair of the SDIP’s ASEAN Hub Steering Group. He is a Trustee of WWF-Hong Kong and a member of WWF-U.S.’s National Council. He was also a member of the United Nations Global Environment Facility’s Technical Advisory Group on its 2014-18 climate change mitigation strategy. Don is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of Financial Services Professionals. In 2011-12 Don chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management and has served on several other Forum councils including Social Security, Southeast Asia/ASEAN, Development Finance and currently the Council on SDG Investments.

Don holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School (1980), an M.Litt in Management Studies from University of Oxford (U.K.) (1989), and a B.A. with highest honors in economics (1975) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He chairs the UNC Global Leadership Council.

Vladimir M. Stolyarenko

Senior Fellow

Dr. Vladimir M. Stolyarenko has extensive hands-on experience in finance and law. He has successfully executed multiple corporate turnarounds in various industries including financial services, energy, real estate and media.

During a career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Stolyarenko held a number of senior executive positions with leading financial institutions in Russia and was a Partner with the Moscow office of international law firm Lawrence Graham (subsequently renamed to Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gowlings WLG). He managed and provided strategic guidance to the Russian office of an international auditing group. Dr. Stolyarenko has also held various board positions in large public companies as well as in numerous non-profit and professional organizations.

In addition to his business and professional achievements, Dr. Stolyarenko actively participates in research. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. During his earlier career, Dr. Stolyarenko worked as an Associate Professor at St. Petersburg Institute Of Economics and Finance. His academic interests are focused on banking regulation and international financial systems.

Dr. Stolyarenko holds PhD in Economics and Doctorate in Law. He also completed a post-graduate program at Harvard Law School, Executive MBA Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business and London Business School as well as Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Stolyarenko joined Program on International Financial Systems as a Fellow in October 2016.




Eugenio Briales

Teaching and Research Fellow

Eugenio Briales currently serves as a Teaching and Research Fellow to the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS), as well as a Visiting Professor at leading Chinese universities. In this capacity, he conducts research and teaches courses in financial and securities regulation, FinTech and corporate governance plus other emerging topics in financial regulation to regulators at PIFS executive education programs. He is also a Visiting Professor at leading Chinese universities.

Eugenio is an accomplished researcher with proven leadership skills and deep knowledge pertaining to financial services complemented by over 10 years’ experience providing expert consulting and advisory services to government, international organizations, and companies across numerous different industries. His most recent research, advisory, and teaching work is focused on trends driving digital transformation in financial services, infrastructure finance, and the effect on competition of common ownership by asset managers. He has been a business consultant, as well as an in-house financial services legal counsel, and currently advises a number of private companies.

He is one of the leading members in the process of drafting a roadmap for harnessing digital data to develop an inclusive and efficient financial marketplace as a Core Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council on FinTech; additionally, he has worked on projects with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. He earned securities, financial regulation, and public policy degrees, as well as a certificate in international arbitration and dispute resolution from Georgetown University, where he was a Global Teaching Fellow. He also holds executive education diplomas in global leadership, law and economics from Harvard University. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Robert Greene


Robert is vice president and chief of staff at Patomak Global Partners, a financial services consultancy, where his client work focuses on a range of risk and strategy issues related to derivatives markets, equity market structure, payments systems, and financial technology companies. He is also a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Cyber Policy Initiative and Asia Program, focusing on Chinese financial sector trends and on topics at the nexus of cyberspace governance, global finance, and national security.

Prior to joining Patomak, Robert was a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, he primarily worked on banking, cryptocurrency, and insurance issues, as well as on financial inclusion and economic recovery initiatives launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert earned the Meritorious Service Award for his work at the Department. Before Treasury, Robert was a consultant for the Eurasia Group, developing analyses of Chinese fintech and cyberspace governance policy initiatives, and was also a senior fellow at the Program for International Financial Systems (PIFS). While at PIFS, Robert lived in Beijing for about two years, and was a visiting research fellow at Tsinghua University’s People’s Bank of China School of Finance National Institute of Financial Research – one of China’s top financial markets think tanks. During this time, his research focused on Chinese equity market reforms, Chinese conglomerate structures, and central bank digital currency. He also helped organize dialogues on fintech topics between U.S. and Asian government and industry leaders.

Before moving to Beijing, Robert was a strategic advisor at Patomak, and prior to that, was an associate at IBM’s Promontory Financial Group. In these roles, his client work focused on risk and strategy issues facing banks, broker-dealers, clearinghouses, digital token trading platforms, and exchanges. Earlier in his career, Robert worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.
Robert’s research on financial markets has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, as well as in studies published by various U.S. regulators, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and by the Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank. He has presented on financial sector topics to U.S. policymakers and regulators from across East and Southeast Asia.

Robert was a 2018-19 Luce Scholar and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He earned his M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Brian Johnson


Brian Johnson is chief economist for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation (CCMR) and a research fellow at the Program on International Financial Systems. At CCMR, he previously served in roles as executive director of research and senior research advisor. His research focuses on the intersection of law and finance with a particular emphasis on financial regulation. Before joining CCMR, Dr. Johnson was a derivatives trader at Jane Street Capital and corporate associate at Latham & Watkins. Dr. Johnson also previously served as a research associate in the macroeconomics research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He received a B.A. in economics from Yale College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in finance from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Stacy Tan


Stacy Tan is a second-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Tsinghua University People’s Bank of China School of Finance. She is a Robert Glauber fellow and a visiting PhD scholar at People’s Bank of China. Before coming to Harvard, she worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley for four years. She earns a B.A. in Economics with summa cum laude from Yale College, a M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.