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Dr Vicky Saporta joins School as Professor in Practice

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Vicky Saporta, Executive Director of Prudential Policy Directorate at the Bank of England, to our Faculty as Professor in Practice in the Department of Economics and Finance.

Over the next three years, Vicky will be working with us to deliver modern, immersive education programmes that reflect and address key issues facing industry today. Vicky will also build even greater connection between the University and the sectors of banking, economics and finance.

Strong international banking experience

Vicky has held a number of positions in prudential policy, financial stability and monetary analysis in a career spanning 25 years at the Bank of England. Vicky was at the heart of the macro prudential and micro prudential policy reforms undertaken by the Bank after the global financial crisis. 

Since taking on the role of Executive Director in 2014, Vicky has been responsible for directing the work developing and delivering prudential policy for both the Board of the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee.

Vicky has represented the Bank on numerous international committees dealing with central banking and regulatory issues, including being a member of the Basel Committee that sets international standards for internationally active banks. During her career, Vicky has published over 20 articles in books, professional journals and Bank of England publications.

Supporting research

The Professor in Practice initiative provides the opportunity for the University’s faculty to directly connect with business practice and public policy, enabling their research to have an actionable, positive impact on society.

In this role, Vicky will contribute to directing and guiding the high-level research undertaken by our Department of Economics and Finance towards addressing vital policy-oriented research questions, which have the potential to lead to significant impact. She will be regularly participating in research events we hold and deliver guest lectures on pertinent economic policy issues to our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Anamaria Nicolae, Associate Professor in Economics, has supported Vicky’s appointment, highlighting the value her expertise will bring to teaching, research, and student engagement.

“We are delighted that Vicky joins us as a Professor in Practice. Vicky’s strong interest in academia, her rich research background in banking policy, and her wider experience as executive director brings enormous strength to the department’s ambition to be excellent in research, excellent in teaching and broaden student experience.” 

Vicky said:

“I am excited to be appointed Professor in Practice in the Business School and cannot wait to meet the students and share experiences.”

Central Bankers’ Forum

One of Vicky’s first engagements will be as a keynote speaker at the Central Bankers' Forum, a research workshop organised by the Centre for Banking, Institutions and Development (CBID) in June 2021. She will give the practitioner’s keynote address drawing on her experience and knowledge.

Vicky’s announcement follows the recent appointment of Sally Guyer, also as a Professor in Practice. Sally is the Global CEO of World Commerce & Contracting and will join us as Professor in Practice in Strategy and Innovation.

More information

  • To read more about how the School connects with Business click here
  • You can read more about the Professors in Practice initiative in issue 5 of IMPACT magazine here
  • Find out more about the Centre for Banking, Institutions and Development here