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Robert Amzallag has been an international banker with BNP Paribas for over thirty years. After graduating from the "Ecole des Mines", a French engineering school, he went on to get an MBA from INSEAD. Robert Amzallag joined the Banque Nationale de Paris in 1971 and very soon started his international career in Mexico and Hong Kong. He then went on to head the bank's operations in countries as diverse as Ireland, Australia and the UK. After being in charge of credit and market risks for two years in BNP Paribas' head office, he concluded his career with the bank as President of BNP Paribas Canada. During his assignments, Robert Amzallag played for many years an important role in various professional associations. His successive positions as President of the Australian foreign banks association, Chairman of the Foreign banks and securities association of Great Britain and Vice President of the British Bank Association, have given him a deep and international perspective on the financial sector. Robert Amzallag is currently an Invited Fellow at CIRANO and since 2008 has published various papers on the financial crisis and its aftermath. Robert Amzallag is a recipient of the French honour of "Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur".