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Staci Warden
Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets
Africa, Banking, Capital Access, Capital Markets, Emerging and Frontier Markets, Europe, Finance, Financial Innovations, FinTech, Global Economy, Impact Investing, Public Policy, U.S. Economy


Staci Warden is the executive director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, where she leads initiatives on strengthening capital markets, access to capital, financial education and financial-markets solutions, among others. Warden is chair of the Rwandan Capital Market Authority. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, she spent six years with JPMorgan in London, where she ran JPMorgan's Central Bank client franchise in Europe, Eurasia and Africa, and two years in New York as part of the sovereign-debt-restructuring deal team. Before joining JPMorgan, she was a director at the Nasdaq, where she led their two initiatives for micro-cap companies, the BBX and the OTCBB.

Warden has spent many years in the not-for-profit and public sectors managing, advising, and writing on issues of international economic development. At the U.S. Treasury Department, she ran the international debt-for-nature swap program and participated in the Argentina debt-restructuring and heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) initiatives. In the not-for-profit sector, she served as startup chief operating officer of the Center for Global Development, an associate in the economic-reform program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a development associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development. She has worked or done business in over 50 countries and has served as an advisor to several ministers of finance on sovereign-wealth management, debt management, and poverty reduction.

Warden holds a master's of public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a concentration in international trade and finance, and has completed her coursework for a Ph.D. in economics from Brandeis University.


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