Hal Scott, Director
 James R.F. Shipton, Executive Director
 James Apostol, Senior Advisor
 Don Kanak, Senior Fellow
 Vladimir M. Stolyarenko, Senior Fellow
 Brian Johnson, Fellow
 Whitney Vasey, Program Administrator
 Savannah Behrent, Program Coordinator

Hal S. Scott, Director

Hal S. Scott is the Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since 1975. He teaches courses on Capital Markets Regulation, International Finance, and Securities Regulation.

He has a B.A. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School, 1965), an M.A. from Stanford University in Political Science (1967), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (1972). In 1974-1975, before joining Harvard, he clerked for Justice Byron White.

The Program on International Financial Systems, founded in 1986, engages in a variety of research projects. Its book, Capital Adequacy Beyond Basel (Oxford University Press 2004), examines capital adequacy rules for banks, insurance companies and securities firms. The Program also organizes the annual invitation-only U.S.-Japan, U.S.-Europe, and U.S.-China Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century, attended by financial system leaders in the concerned countries. In addition, the Program directs a concentration in International Finance for LLM students at Harvard Law School.

Professor Scott’s books include the law school textbook International Finance: Transactions, Policy and Regulation (18th ed. Foundation Press 2011); and The Global Financial Crisis (Foundation Press 2009).

Professor Scott is the Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, which in May 2009 released a comprehensive report entitled The Global Financial Crisis: A Plan for Regulatory Reform. He is also Co-Chair of the Council on Global Financial Regulation that was formed in 2010. He is an independent director of Lazard, Ltd., a past President of the International Academy of Consumer and Commercial Law and a past Governor of the American Stock Exchange (2002-2005). He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Oliver Wyman.

Curriculum Vitae

Office hours for Professor Scott are by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Stephen Wagner at or at 617-496-2036.

International Finance (Spring 2016, Prof. Scott, 3 credits)

Capital Markets Regulation (Spring 2016, Prof. Scott and Prof. Glauber, 2 credits)

James R. F. Shipton, Executive Director

James joined PIFS as its Executive Director in September 2016 having been a PIFS fellow since 2013.  Prior to joining PIFS’ as Executive Director James was a Commission Member and an Executive Director at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) with responsibility for its Intermediaries (Supervision & Licensing) Division.  Previously he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs working in its Executive Office as Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs in Asia Pacific and, before that, working in Goldman’s Asian prime brokerage business.

Before Goldman Sachs, James ran the hedge fund consultancy business of Eurekahedge in Singapore and was a cofounder of Compliance Asia, Asia’s first independent regulatory consulting firm.  Previously, James worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s (now Commerzbank’s) equity capital markets business in Hong Kong and London.  James started his career practicing funds and securities law with Linklaters in Hong Kong and Thailand and is qualified to practice law in Australia, Hong Kong and England.

James served on the executive committees of various financial industry bodies in Asia including the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) as a Vice-Chairman, the Alternative Investment Management Association’s (AIMA) Hong Kong & China Chapter as Deputy Chairman and the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association.  In addition he served on the business advisory councils of the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

James earned a BA in Asian politics, history and economics from Melbourne University and a LLB (Hons.) from Monash University and undertook post graduate studies in Asian law at Hong Kong University.

James Apostol, Senior Advisor

James Apostol is the Senior Advisor of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) and holds degrees in literature from Boston University and environmental management/sustainability from Harvard. Previously, he held management positions at Reed Business Information and Countrywide Home Loans. James is Board Member for Stearns Farm, CSA and a Fellow at the Centro de Líderes Empresariales contra el Cambio Climático (CLG), Universidad de Chile in Santiago.






Don Kanak, Senior Fellow

Don Kanak is the non-executive Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia investment organisation of Prudential plc which is one of Asia’s leading retail asset managers with over US$170 billion in assets under management (as at 30 June, 2017). Don is also Chairman of Prudence Foundation Ltd., the community engagement arm of Prudential in Asia, and Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council.

Don’s research as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems has focused on climate change policy, especially solutions for reducing deforestation and degradation of natural forests (REDD) and financial frameworks for achieving climate objectives. He is also researching infrastructure investment with particular emphasis on emerging markets.

Don, based in Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years. Before moving to Asia in 1986 he was a partner of an international strategic consulting firm. From 2008 to 2015, Don served as Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia. From 1992 to January 2006, Don served in a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), ultimately as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG.

In 2011-12 Don chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management and has served on several global agenda councils on social security, Southeast Asia/ASEAN and on the Forum’s efforts regarding Sustainable Investment and infrastructure finance.

Early in his career Don worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and maintains a strong interest in sustainability.  He is a Trustee of WWF-Hong Kong and a member of WWF-U.S.’s National Council. He was also a member of the United Nations Global Environment Facility’s Technical Advisory Group on its climate change mitigation strategy. Don is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of Financial Services Professionals.

Don holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School (1980), an M.Litt in Management Studies from University of Oxford (U.K.) (1989), and a B.A. with highest honors in economics (1975) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He chairs the UNC Global Leadership Council.

Vladimir M. Stolyarenko, Senior Fellow

 Dr. Vladimir M. Stolyarenko has extensive hands-on experience in finance and law. He has successfully executed multiple corporate turnarounds in various industries including financial services, energy, real estate and media.

During a career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Stolyarenko held a number of senior executive positions with leading financial institutions in Russia and was a Partner with the Moscow office of international law firm Lawrence Graham (subsequently renamed to Wragge Lawrence Graham and Gowlings WLG). He managed and provided strategic guidance to the Russian office of an international auditing group. Dr. Stolyarenko has also held various board positions in large public companies as well as in numerous non-profit and professional organizations.

In addition to his business and professional achievements, Dr. Stolyarenko actively participates in research. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. During his earlier career, Dr. Stolyarenko worked as an Associate Professor at St. Petersburg Institute Of Economics and Finance. His academic interests are focused on banking regulation and international financial systems.

Dr. Stolyarenko holds PhD in Economics and Doctorate in Law. He also completed a post-graduate program at Harvard Law School, Executive MBA Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business and London Business School as well as Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Stolyarenko joined Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems as a Fellow in October 2016.

Brian Johnson, Fellow

Brian Johnson, Fellow

Brian A. Johnson is a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) and a Senior Research Advisor for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. His research focuses on the intersection of law and finance with a particular emphasis on financial regulation. Mr. Johnson’s prior professional experience includes his time as a trader at Jane Street Capital, LLC and corporate associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Mr. Johnson is also a former research associate in the macroeconomics research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Mr. Johnson received a B.A. in Economics from Yale College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.