Rob Patalano

Acting Head, Financial Markets Division, OECD

Robert (Rib) Patalano, is acting head of the financial markets division at OECD. He directs a team of economists and financial analysts that develop analytical reports and policy recommendations for the OECD's committee on financial markets, its experts group on finance and digitalisation, the working party on public debt management, and the Taskforce on Long-term Investment. These bodies include delegates from central banks, finance ministries, market regulators, and public debt managers from OECD member countries. Through these bodies, Rob oversees structural analyses and policy recommendations related to global financial markets; sovereign debt markets; digitalisation of finance; sustainable finance, including ESG, markets and climate transitions; and, quality infrastructure. In this capacity, Rob represents the OECD on the Financial Stability Board's working groups on financial stability, climate risks, and fintech, the Network for the Greening of the Financial System, and the European Securities and Markets Authority's Financial Innovations Consultative Working Group. Prior to joining the OECD, Rob spent five years at the Financial Stability Board, where he led the assessment of global financial stability risks for the Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities and chaired its Analytical Group on Vulnerabilities. Also, he spent a decade at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in managerial and analytical roles in the Markets Group, and served on the NY Fed's commercial paper and AIG liquidity facilities during the global financial crisis. Also, during the European financial crisis, he was a senior economist on the sovereign crisis management team at the European Central Bank, which managed surveillance and adjustment programs for Ireland and Italy. Prior to this, he was a sovereign and investor relations director in New York and several Asian capitals. Rob earned an MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the University of Michigan and an MA in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is a CFA charterholder.


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