Martin Walker is director for banking and finance at the Center for Evidence-Based Management. His background in capital markets is “front-to-back”, and includes IT and change experience in front office and operations across multiple business lines such as securities finance, foreign exchange (forex), derivatives and prime brokerage. Roles in capital markets IT have included global head of securities finance and treasury IT at Dresdner Kleinwort, global head of prime brokerage technology at RBS Markets and lead business analyst in Equities Finance IT at Merrill Lynch.
In the post-trade area, Walker has designed systems to identify costs, cost drivers and change opportunities, as well as new operating models and business processes for post-trade forex and derivatives for HSBC. More recently, he has worked on product development at the R3 blockchain consortium.
As both a practitioner and researcher, Walker has had multiple papers and articles published on areas such fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and securities finance, and his work has been mentioned in the press. In 2018, he was called as an expert witness by the UK House of Commons Treasury Committee to give evidence on cryptocurrencies and the application of distributed ledger technology in banking. Walker received a BSc in economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in computing science from Imperial College, London, and is a fellow of the Center for Evidence-Based Management.