BIS appoints Innovation Hub heads for London, Nordic, and Toronto Centres

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has announced three new senior appointments to the BIS Innovation Hub.

Francesca Hopwood Road is to lead the London Centre, she joins from the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Beju Shah will lead the Nordic Centre, joining from the Bank of England.

Miguel Díaz will head the Toronto Centre and joins from the Bank of Mexico.

“I am delighted to welcome Francesca, Beju and Miguel to the BIS Innovation Hub. Between them, they bring extensive and diverse technological and policy experience,” said Benoît Cœuré, head of the BIS Innovation Hub. “They will be instrumental in catalysing the vibrant innovation capacities of the Hub’s focus areas, which include CBDCs, next generation financial market infrastructures, supTech and regTech, open finance, green finance and cyber security.”

Hopwood Road, Shah, and Díaz will begin their new roles in early 2022.

The London and Nordic centres were both launched in June. They are operated in collaboration with host central banks: the Bank of England for London, and the central banks of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden for the Nordic centre.

The Toronto centre will open in 2022 in collaboration with the Bank of Canada. It will serve as a key platform for central bank innovation in the Western Hemisphere.

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