1. About us

    The CCP Research Foundation CIC has roots in both the academic world and the commercial world; its objectives and methodology will combine the best elements of both.

  1. Management

    Roger McCormick
    Managing Director

    A former Freshfields partner and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Finance at London School of Economics.


    Chris Stears
    Research Director

    Solicitor, academic and chartered member of the CISI.


    Tania Duarte
    Operations Director

    A Sustainable Management Professional with an MBA in Finance.


    Professor Paul Q. Watchman
    Director of Sustainable Finance

    An honorary Professor at the School of Law, University of Glasgow and a Special Legal Advisor at UNEP FI.  Paul is a former partner at city law firm, Freshfields and has been described as one of the 6 most influential global leaders with Hank Paulson on Sustainable Finance and is a past winner of the Thomson Reuters Award for Individual Contribution to ESG.


    Research Expertise

    The CCP Research Foundation is privileged to have at its disposal a growing pool of Research Associates (RAs). The Foundation's RAs - drawn from academia, industry, policy and professional practice - are often heavily involved in Associated Research Projectswork, commissioned research and independent analysis and commentary on issues relevant to the Objectives of the Research Foundation. Below you will find the biographies of a few of our RAs:

    Diane Bugeja
    Research Associate

    Diane is a qualified accountant and is currently reading a PhD in Law at King's College London. Her research is focused on the mis-selling of complex investment products and the regulatory regime that governs advisory and non-advisory investment services, particularly insofar as commercial retail investors are concerned. Diane has previously worked as a risk and regulatory consultant at a Big Four audit firm and was also an enforcement investigator with the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Stella Bartolini Cavicchi
    Research Associate

    Stella Bartolini Cavicchi has previously worked at the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED in London, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division at FAO in Rome, and the Environment and Development Policy Division at UNESCAP in Bangkok. She completed a Master’s degree on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from SOAS, University of London. She also holds a BSc in International Politics and a certificate on ‘The Fundamentals of Green Growth Policies’. Her fields of research include climate change and energy law, natural resource management, law of the sea, and international environmental policy.

    Asad Khan
    Research Associate

    Asad Ali Khan is BA, MSc, MA, LLB (Hons), BVC, LLM, Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple) and Advocate High Courts Pakistan. He writes on corporate social responsibility and also works in human rights law. He is international counsel in an English law firm and acts as a court expert in UK proceedings involving foreign points of law. He met Roger McCormick in 2012. Asad wrote his LLM thesis on benchmark regulation and was awarded distinction.

    Ruth Plato-Shinar
    Research Associate

    Ruth Plato-Shinar, a Law Professor, is the Director of the Center for Banking Law at the Netanya Academic College, Israel. She is the author of the book "The Banks' Fiduciary Duty", on which a few important precedents of the Israeli Supreme Court are based. Her fields of research are banking law, financial regulation, finance and ethics, and financial consumer protection.

    Sofia Santos
    Research Associate

    Sofia Santos is economist, with a PhD from Middlesex University in London, on how banks can promote sustainable development. She started her working experience 17 years ago as a research assistant in the research department of Merrill Lynch in London. Since 2004 she has worked as consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility issues, having worked for several banks in Portugal and Cabo Verde. She is the author of the following books: “Banking in Portugal and the Green Economy”, “Do Banks have a heart?”, and in latter 2015 her new book on “Introduction to Green Economy” will be available.

    Nick Werle
    Research Associate

    Nick Werle of Brooklyn, NY studies criminal law, securities law, and corporate law at Yale Law School. He joined the CCP research team while studying financial regulation and corporate crime in London as a Marshall Scholar. During his two years in London, Nick completed an MSc in Economic Policy at UCL and an MSc in Risk and Finance at LSE. Before embarking on the Marshall Scholarship, he worked as an Investigative Analyst in the Major Economic Crime Bureau and Financial Intelligence Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. As an undergraduate, Nick studied for a dual degree at Brown University in physics and modern critical philosophy.

    For further details concerning the Team; our current Projects; to discuss commissioned research  opportunities; or if you would like to apply to become a Research Associate, please contact us.

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