Don Kanak is the non-executive Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia investment organisation of Prudential plc which is one of Asia’s leading retail asset managers with over US$170 billion in assets under management (as at 30 June, 2017). Don is also Chairman of Prudence Foundation Ltd., the community engagement arm of Prudential in Asia, and Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council.
Don’s research as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems has focused on climate change policy, especially solutions for reducing deforestation and degradation of natural forests (REDD) and financial frameworks for achieving climate objectives. He is also researching infrastructure investment with particular emphasis on emerging markets.
Don, based in Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years. Before moving to Asia in 1986 he was a partner of an international strategic consulting firm. From 2008 to 2015, Don served as Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia. From 1992 to January 2006, Don served in a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), ultimately as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG.
In 2011-12 Don chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management and has served on several global agenda councils on social security, Southeast Asia/ASEAN and on the Forum’s efforts regarding Sustainable Investment and infrastructure finance.
Early in his career Don worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and maintains a strong interest in sustainability. 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 climate change mitigation strategy. Don is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
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
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 Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems as a Fellow in October 2016.
Eugenio Briales currently serves as a Fellow to the Program on International Financial Systems, Inc., as well as a Visiting Professor at leading Chinese universities, where he teaches courses in FinTech plus other emerging topics in financial regulation.
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 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 is a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on International Financial Systems and will be a Fellow at Tsinghua University’s Fintech Lab during the 2018-2019 academic year. He is also a 2018-2019 Luce Scholar, and serves on the leadership team of the Token Alliance, an industry-led initiative of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Previously, Robert served as a strategic advisor at Patomak Global Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based financial services consultancy. There, his client work focused on strategic and regulatory issues facing asset management firms, broker-dealers, cryptocurrency market participants, and insurance companies. Prior to joining Patomak, Robert was an associate at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company, where he served on engagements related to stress testing, equity derivatives markets, mortgage servicing, and consumer complaint management. Before entering the private sector, Robert worked for the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on bank regulation reform and Federal Reserve System oversight efforts. Earlier in his career, Robert examined financial sector trends as a researcher at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, producing studies on community banking, asset management regulatory issues, and consumer lending markets. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and publications by U.S. regulators. He has also presented his findings before academic, industry, and public sector audiences across the U.S. Robert earned his M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, in finance and public policy from The College of William and Mary
Dr. Aurelio Gurrea Martinez
Aurelio Gurrea Martínez is a Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance. He studied Law and Business Administration at the University of Granada, before completing a Master of Science in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford (UK), a Master of the Science of Law at Stanford Law School (USA), and a PhD in Law at CEU San Pablo University (Spain). He is a lawyer, economist and qualified auditor. He is a Lecturer in Law and Director of International Programs at the Centro de Estudios Garrigues (Spain). He also acts as a legal consultant on corporate and bankruptcy matters, and he is an Advisor to the Spanish Ministry of Justice. He has been a Lecturer in Business Law at CEU San Pablo University (Spain), a Visiting Lecturer in Comparative Corporate Law at the University of Los Andes (Colombia) and Academic Director of the Program of Accounting for Lawyers at the Madrid Bar Association (Spain). He is a member of the American Law and Economics Association, and he has been a visiting researcher at several institutions, including Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. His main areas of research include corporate law, bankruptcy Law, corporate finance and accounting Law.
Brian Johnson is chief economist for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and a research fellow at the Harvard Law School 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 is a first-year joint-degree candidate in at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business school. Before coming to Harvard, she worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong for four years. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys various genres of music, plays tennis, and loves learning new things. She was born in Chengdu and graduated with summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University.