Kern Alexander

Co-Director for the Oxford Bank Governance Programme

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Kern Alexander is Professor of Banking Regulation, and holds the Chair in Law and Finance, at the University of Zurich.  

His research focus is on bank corporate governance and systemic risk in financial markets. He has advised bank boards and senior management on corporate governance, risk management and environmental sustainability and has taught executive education courses for many global banks and financial institutions. 

He has advised governments and international organisations at senior levels.  He was Specialist Advisor to the British Parliament's Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services Act 2012. He has given oral and written evidence on UK and European banking and financial regulation and environmental sustainability to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, the House of Lords Committee on Europe and the House of Lords Committee on Economic Affairs. 

He is the author of many research articles and books, including most recently Principles of Banking Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Brexit and Financial Service (co-authored, 2018). He has also authored commissioned reports for the G20, the United Nations, the European Parliament and the European Commission on financial regulation and environmental sustainability. His 2014 report, 'Stability and Sustainability in Banking Reform: Are Environmental Risks Missing in Basel III?', is widely cited and has influenced the bank risk governance debate.   

Professor Alexander will be Co-Programme Director for the Oxford Bank Governance Programme launching in June 2020.