Dr Karen Croxson

Head of Research & Deputy Chief Economist at Financial Conduct Authority


Dr Karen Croxson, Head of Research & Deputy Chief Economist, FCA

Karen joined the Financial Conduct Authority recently. She and her colleagues are creating a scientific research agenda to: (i) protect consumers in financial services; (ii) promote competition, innovation and ethical behaviour among firms; and (iii) enhance the resilience of the UK financial system. An important part of this work is to identify and address the most impactful AI/ML use cases.

Previously, Karen was a Principal at QuantumBlack, where she led teams of PhD and postdoc data scientists, engineers and domain experts. Together they helped C-level clients use advanced analytics to solve strategic problems. Before specialising in data science, she worked as an academic economist at Oxford University and a strategy consultant at McKinsey, based in London and Washington D.C.

Karen holds a PhD in game theory and applied econometrics from Oxford and enjoys staying connected to teaching and research as a Guest Lecturer in Economics for Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and a member of the advisory board for the MSc in Social Data Science at Oxford.