Avinash Persaud's career spans finance, public policy and academia. He is Emeritus Professor of Gresham College and an advisor to Governments on financial policy. He was a former senior executive at GAM London, State Street, J. P. Morgan and UBS.
He is Chairman of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy, and was Chairman of the regulatory sub-committee of the UN Commission on Financial Reform and Chairman of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform. He was a Member of the UK Treasury’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Pew Task Force to the US Senate Banking Committee. He was Distinguished Advisor, Financial Sector Law Reform Commission of India and has been a Visiting Scholar at the IMF.
He is a former Governor, London School of Economics and 2010 President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Section F). He was elected Trustee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and of the Royal Economics Society. He won the Jacques de Larosiere Award in Global Finance from the Institute of International Finance and was voted one of the top three public intellectuals in the world on the financial crisis by a panel for Prospect Magazine.