Robert is a visiting research fellow at Tsinghua University’s People’s Bank of China School of Finance National Institute of Financial Research and a senior fellow at the Program on International Financial Systems, affiliated with Harvard University. He is also a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Cyber Policy Initiative and Asia Program, as well as a fellow with the Singapore University of Social Sciences FinTech and Blockchain Group.
Robert’s research currently focuses on Chinese financial market structure and global payments and settlement technology trends. He has also published studies on a range of financial markets, technology, and labor market topics, including global contingent convertible capital instrument markets, digital token project trends, and U.S. consumer lending and mortgage markets. Previously, as a consultant with Patomak Global Partners and IBM’s Promontory Financial Group, Robert’s client work focused on risk and strategy issues facing asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, clearinghouses, digital token trading platforms, exchanges, and index companies. Earlier in his career, Robert worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, and the Office of the Governor of Virginia.
Robert’s research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and in reports by various U.S. regulators, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank. He has presented on financial sector and digital token markets trends to U.S. policymakers and regulators from across East and Southeast Asia.
Robert was a 2018-19 Luce Scholar placed in Beijing, China, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He earned his M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.