Speaker Bios

John Authers, Senior Investment Commentator, Financial Times

John Authers is the Financial Times‘ Senior Investment Commentator, responsible for the weekly Long View and other columns on markets and investment. During his career at the Financial Times, spanning 26 years and counting, Authers’ previous posts have included global head of the Lex column, investment editor, US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief and US banking correspondent. His latest book is The Fearful Rise of Markets.

Christopher Bates, Partner, Clifford Chance (London)       

Chris Bates is head of Clifford Chance’s financial regulatory practice in London. He advises banks, securities firms and other financial institutions on issues associated with the regulatory response to the financial crisis, the impact of the EU single market program, financial services regulation and regulatory capital, as well as advising on securities and derivatives transactions and mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector. Bates is a member of the Council and Executive Board of the International Regulatory Strategy Group advising the City of London Corporation and TheCityUK.

Anu Bradford, Professor, Columbia Law School

Anu Bradford is a Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School, as well as the Director for the European Legal Studies Center.  She specializes in European Union law, as well as international trade and antitrust law, and has advised on economic policy for the European and Finnish Parliament.

Paul Craig, Professor, Oxford University

Paul Craig has been Professor in English Law at St. John’s College, Oxford since 1998. He is a practicing barrister specializing in comparative public law, constitutional and administrative law, and European Union law, including European Community competition law and social, environmental and consumer law.

David Freedberg, Director, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

David Freedberg is Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art at Columbia University. In 2015 Freedberg was appointed Director of the Warburg Institute at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, as well as of the Accademia Nazionale di Agricultura and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti.

Edward Greene, Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School; Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Edward F. Greene is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and is currently teaching a seminar at Columbia Law School. Greene has extensive experience in regulatory policy, having served, among others, as General Counsel the SEC and the Legal Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange.

Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank. His previous positions have included director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and director of the Foreign Policy Centre. He writes a monthly syndicated column on global affairs for Project Syndicate and he moderates a weekly podcast entitled “The World in 30 Minutes”, in which he discusses current affairs with renowned experts from all over the world. He was Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics.

Gillian Lester, Dean, Columbia Law School

Gillian Lester joined Columbia Law School as Dean in January 2015. Previously, she served as Acting Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law and the Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor. She is the author of numerous books and articles and is co-author of one of the leading casebooks on employment law, Employment Law Cases and Materials. Dean Lester is also a member of the American Law Institute and was an adviser to the ALI Restatement of Employment Law.

Andrew Moravcsik, Professor, Princeton University

Andrew Moravcsik is Professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program at Princeton University. He has authored over 125 scholarly publications, including four books, on European integration, international relations theory, qualitative/historical methods, human rights, international law and organization, and other topics. He has served as trade negotiator for the US Government, special assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, press assistant for the European Commission, and on various policy commissions. He currently serves as Book Review Editor (Europe) at Foreign Affairs.

Leonard Ng, Partner, Sidley (London)         

Leonard Ng is co-head of the EU Financial Services Regulatory group and a member of Sidley’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives and Banking and Financial Services practices. He is a member of the Board of the Managed Funds Association (MFA), the global trade association for hedge funds. He is also a member of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Legal Experts Group on the AIFM Directive.

Katharina Pistor, Professor, Columbia Law School

Katharina Pistor is the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation. She specializes in the comparative analysis of legal and financial systems. Pistor is the co-recipient (with Martin Hellwig) of the Max Planck Research Award on International Financial Regulation (2012), and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

Kristen Silverberg, Ambassador, Institute of International Finance

Kristen Silverberg is Managing Director and General Counsel at the IIF. She has previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Prior to her time at the State Department, she held a number of senior positions at the White House, including Deputy Assistant to the President and Advisor to the Chief of Staff. Ambassador Silverberg serves on the Board of Directors of Vorbeck Materials and on the Advisory Board of Beacon Global Strategies.

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), and has also been director of GMF’s Berlin office. Stelzenmüller is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for War Sciences.

Armando Varricchio, Ambassador, Italian Embassy to the US

Armando Varricchio is the Ambassador of Italy to the United States. In his three decades of distinguished public service he held senior positions in both Italian and European institutions. He has been advisor to PM on EU Affairs, Chief of Staff to the Minister for Europe, Advisor to the President of the Commission and his personal representative to the G7/G8. Prior to his present position Ambassador Varricchio served as Ambassador to Serbia and more recently as National Security Advisor and Personal Representative of the PM to the G7/G20.

Sir John Vickers, Professor, Oxford University

Sir John Vickers has been Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, since October 2008. He studied at Oxford University, where he taught economics and was Drummond Professor of Political Economy from 1991 to 2008. He was Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee 1998-2000; Director General/Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading 2000-05; President of the Royal Economic Society 2007-10; and Chairman of the Independent Commission on Banking 2010-11. His research interests concern questions about competition and regulation.

Joseph Weiler, Professor, NYU Law School

J.H.H. Weiler is University Professor as well as holder of the European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University School of Law and Co-Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice. Weiler was also President of European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. He is a WTO and NAFTA Panelist, and a founding editor of the European Journal of International Law, the European Law Journal, and the World Trade Review.