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ABA Names New Chief Economist and Head of Research


Sayee Srinivasan has been named chief economist and head of research for the American Bankers Association, the voice of the nation’s $22.5 trillion banking industry and its more than two million employees. Srinivasan, who joins the association today, will manage a professional staff of economists, data scientists and analysts while building and maintaining preeminent research and data capabilities that allow ABA to serve as the industry’s trusted source for data and analytics. Srinivasan will also provide strategic direction for industry surveys and benchmarking studies on critical issues and coordinate with banker committees and ABA policy experts to identify and respond to the association’s research and data needs.

“Sayee brings an impressive mix of government service, academic training and private-sector experience that will serve him well in this critically important role,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “His deep understanding of policy issues and his range of experience in both the public and private sectors will be an asset as ABA continues to expand its economic and research portfolio.”

Srinivasan comes to ABA from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he most recently served as deputy director of risk surveillance for the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk. In that role, he led teams responsible for quantitative oversight of risk management frameworks of clearinghouses (CCPs); daily risk surveillance of CCPs, their members and their clients; and a supervisory stress test program to assess vulnerabilities in the clearing eco-system. Srinivasan also directed Commission efforts related to lessons learned from the pandemic’s impact on the financial system and represented the CFTC in ongoing efforts to reform interest rate benchmarks.

Previously at the CFTC, Srinivasan served as senior economic advisor to the Chairman on the impact of bank capital rules on cleared derivatives markets, quantitative analysis of risk in the over-the-counter derivatives markets using regulatory data, swap market structure and other areas. From 2013-2017, Srinivasan was the CFTC’s chief economist, directing applied research on issues related to derivatives market structure including liquidity, automated trading, risk transfer across futures and swaps markets, clearing and settlement. He also supported the Chairman, Commissioners and Agency staff in policy development, rulemaking and implementation on a range of issues pertaining to derivatives and related markets.

Prior to his time at the CFTC, Srinivasan worked in product and market development roles for securities and derivatives exchange in the US and in India.

Srinivasan holds a Ph.D and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master of Management Studies in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Bombay, India.


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $23.6 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.4 trillion in deposits and extend $12 trillion in loans.

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