Gianfranco Antonio Vento is Full Professor of Banking and Finance at Regent’s University London and at Guglielmo Marconi University. He is currently Director of the Centre for Applied Finance and Banking of Regent’s University and former member of the Academic Senate. He was member of the board of directors and member of the board of statutory auditors of several financial intermediaries. Professor Vento has more than twenty years of experience in conducting consultancies, training courses and research in banking, banking regulation and microfinance. Before joining the academic career, he used to work in the Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Italy.