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May 3, 2023 | Cambridge, UK

WAIFC explores AI-based regulatory tool & social entrepreneurship with University of Cambridge

WAIFC recently visited the University of Cambridge in the UK, to engage in a series of discussions with two important initiatives of the Judge Business School – the Regulatory Genome Project (RGP) and Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (CCSI).

The first roundtable engaged the WAIFC members in discussion with the Regulatory Genome Project (RGP), which is a research initiative to support the adoption of an information structure standardizing how financial regulatory information is classified globally. The discussion focussed on the challenges facing financial centers from a regulatory perspective and how the adoption of AI-based technologies such as the RGP can help navigate the complex regulatory landscape. The group was interested in learning how this AI-based tool can support the mapping of global financial regulations using jurisdictional obligations as genes.

Discussions were also held on the latest research findings exploring potential areas to collaborate, including joint research initiatives and industry representation to address some of these complex challenges. 

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The WAIFC members later joined the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (CCSI) at Judge Business School to participate in another roundtable discussion with panelists comprising of founders of social ventures and angel investors who shared their experiences on the needs of social entrepreneurs and how the financial sector can position itself to support and foster social enterprises to create positive social and environmental outcomes. The CCSI is central to Judge Business School’s entrepreneurship vision to create sustainable social and economic value through supporting the development of social ventures and generating and disseminating knowledge. The group learned about the evolution of the financing landscape in the UK with a focus on designing financing tools and services aimed at social and impact finance. The discussions centered around how financial centers can address systemic barriers faced by social ventures and underrepresented entrepreneurs. 

Overall, this visit of the WAIFC and its members included insightful discussions and created a foundation to conduct joint research and thought leadership projects with the University of Cambridge. In light of global challenges, it is clear that collaboration and innovation will be key to driving positive impact and achieving sustainable growth, and these discussions of the WAIFC and its members add to its ongoing commitment to cross-sector collaboration, in particular, with leading academic institutions globally to help address global challenges. This is central to the shared objective of the WAIFC’s members to facilitate inclusivity and socio-economic and sustainable development to position themselves as the financial centers of the future.

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