PUBPOL 750.302

PubPol 750.302: Topics: Introduction to Financial Technology and the Future of Financial Services

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Winter 2019
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Throughout history, financial services has played a vital role in the global economy, and similarly, technology has been an integral part of financial services.  Although the combination of financial services and technology isn’t new, the advent of mobile technologies along with a post-financial crisis world have led to a financial technology, or fintech, revolution.  New products and services have emerged, causing financial services to look very different than it did 10, or even four, years ago. But fintech is still a relatively new industry, and many questions remain about the benefits and the risks of fintech, how it will impact incumbent institutions and systems, what it will mean for consumers, and how governments should view these developments. How are recent technological advances different than past innovations? How is technology changing financial services today and how will it change the industry in the future? What impact does this change have on stakeholders, including consumers? What are the benefits and risks of this change? This course will examine these questions and others.

Instructor: Adrienne Harris, Chief Business Development Office/General Counsel, States Title, Inc.

Adrienne Harris is the Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel of insure-tech company States Title, Inc. She previously served as Special Assistant for Economic Policy to President Obama at the White House National Economic Council, focusing on issues including financial reform, financial technology, and housing finance reform. Harris also served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury, and represented financial institutions and other corporations as an Associate at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Harris brings deep experience in financial reform, financial technology, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and housing finance reform to her board role at CFSI. She also sits on the Advisory Board of FinXTech and was appointed by President Obama for a four-year term to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.