My role as Chief Innovation Officer brings me in touch with all the JCRA teams across our UK and North American offices. Since joining JCRA in 2007, I have navigated the company through many changes in the derivative markets. This role builds on that experience, and seeks to drive improvements across the group.
I joined JCRA from Dresdner Kleinwort where I worked on the Credit Syndicate Desk. The rapidly changing nature of the derivatives market following the financial crisis meant I quickly started shaping how JCRA approached derivative pricing and advisory and became the point person within the company for any complex advisory situation. I formalised this role within the company by setting up the JCRA quant team, which is now led by Ryan McCrickerd. As part of the Real Estate Team, I broadened JCRA’s real estate debt advisory into capital markets solutions, completing fixed and index-linked private placements. I was part of the management team that completed our VMBO in 2012 and, following this, I became head of our Real Estate sector. As part of our 2017 MBO, I joined the Group Board to take a larger role within the wider JCRA strategy.
I have a passion for continuous learning and development and hold a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics and Stochastic Processes from Birkbeck College, University of London, which I studied for part-time while at JCRA. In addition, I hold a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economic and Social Studies from Trinity College, Dublin University, majoring in Economics. I am also a CFA charter holder, another qualification that I worked towards while at JCRA.
I love almost any game and regularly play chess, backgammon and card games. Currently in my spare time I am learning the Chinese game GO.
Email Ivan: Ivan.Harkins@jcrauk.com
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