Gbenga is a Professor and Chair of Finance at the University of Edinburgh, and as the Director for Industry, Economy and Society at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute, he leads on strategic FinTech and Financial Services initiatives and convenes the FinTech and Financial Services Research Cluster at The University of Edinburgh. He was the Founding Director of both the University’s PhD in Financial Technology programme and its flagship postgraduate taught FinTech programme, the MSc Finance, Technology and Policy (FTP). Gbenga is also the Deputy Scientific Director at the Fondazione European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Pescara, Italy and a Fellow at the Rozetta Institute (formerly Capital Markets CRC) in Sydney, Australia.
Gbenga is an expert on the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness Roster of Experts. He has been a Visiting Professor at various times at Macquarie University in Sydney, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Porto and China University of Petroleum, Beijing.
Gbenga holds an MBA (with distinction) and a PhD (in Market Microstructure) from the University of East Anglia, where he also held teaching and research positions with the Norwich Business School and the Environmental & Energy Finance Group respectively. He is a graduate of Nigeria’s first institution of higher learning, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from The University of Edinburgh.