Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank. Founded in 1993 by Andrew Hilton and David Lascelles, its goals include identifying new areas of business and flagging areas of danger for the financial services sector. There is no ideological agenda, just a belief that frank debate of the issues that will shape the sector’s future is good and healthy.

The CSFI holds about 90 round-table discussions a year on a variety of topics and has published more than 100 reports in its 18-year history. Round-table discussions are led by a panel of experts and are attended by senior/mid-level management and practitioners from banks, insurers and professional services firms, as well as from the Bank of England, the Treasury and the FSA. We are supported by a Governing Council of influential City figures and we receive funding from more than 80 companies and other bodies.

The Centre relies exclusively on donations from its supporters. There are no multi-year funding commitments, and it does not receive support from any of the government’s agencies (e.g. HEFCE) that support higher education. It exists simply because those who support it believe it deserves to exist.