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Nicholas Drury

Core Tutor

A Research Affiliate and Core Tutor on the Fintech and Regulatory Innovation program at Cambridge University's Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). He is also the Director of the Center of Excellence for CBDCs at Mojaloop Foundation in Singapore. He has over 25 years of experience with blue chip names in international banking and financial markets over three continents.


Werner Bijkerk

Core Tutor
Module 1 Guest Tutor

He is the founder and partner of Simplexxis. He is also a consultant to various regulatory agencies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and a former research director at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).


Dr. Yassar Nasser

Module 2 Guest Tutor

He is a faculty member and head tutor for the FTRI program of Cambridge University's Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). His international career involved senior and board positions at major universal banks, commercial enterprises, and renowned universities globally.


Grigory McKain

Module 3 Guest Tutor

He is a Research Associate and tutor for the FTRI program of Cambridge University's Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). He has worked as an advisor or consultant to several startup firms and international organizations on projects related to financial technology and regulation.


Keith Bear

Module 4 Guest Tutor

A fellow at Cambridge University's Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), he also worked on the strategy, development, and execution of IBM’s business in financial markets, working extensively with global clients on major transformation programs. He is also a Board Advisor to five fintech companies.


Karsten Wenzlaff

Module 5 Guest Tutor

He teaches and researches at the University of Hamburg at the Chair for Digital Markets. Since 2013, he has supported the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) on the Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report, editing the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report since 2017.


Nick Clark

Module 6 Guest Tutor

He is the Co-Head of the Cambridge Regulatory Innovation Hub and Lead in Regulation at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. His expertise is in the design and implementation of innovation initiatives including innovation offices, regulatory sandboxes, and digital sandboxes. He also worked at the Financial Conduct Authority in London for over a decade.


Emmanuel Schizas

Module 7 Guest Tutor

He is the Head of Taxonomy Development at RegGenome, a company spun out from the University of Cambridge to commercialize technologies for making regulatory texts machine-readable. He has also been the Head of Content Operations at a London-based regtech startup and before that a regulator with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority.


Richard Leftley

Module 8 Guest Tutor

He is the founder of MicroEnsure, a global leading insurtech company providing insurance to over 64 million people in 12 countries across Africa and Asia. He also founded Wavu, a consultancy focused on creating digital insurance products for the masses. Through Wavu, he works with the team at ARK Venture Studio where he helped established Migrasure, the world’s first insurer dedicated to the needs of vulnerable migrants