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About the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is an interdisciplinary research institute based at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Established in 2015, the CCAF has 45 full-time staff and researchers and is dedicated to the study of technology-enabled and innovative instruments, channels, and systems emerging outside of traditional finance.
Driven by its mission to create and transfer knowledge addressing emergent gaps in the financial sector that supports evidence-based decision-making, the CCAF has published over 40 high-impact industry and regulatory reports (available here) and surveyed more than 4,500 FinTech firms in over 190 countries. The CCAF has also collaborated with more than 120 regulatory authorities and central banks worldwide on regulatory research. Through its Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory Innovation (CFTRI) online education programme, the Centre has successfully delivered online capacity building and education to more than 900 regulators and central bankers from 175 regulatory institutions. Through the establishment of the Cambridge Alternative Finance Collaboration Network (CAFCN), the CCAF is deepening its regional research activities with embedded teams on the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC) to facilitate the creation, exchange, and transfer of knowledge required by policymakers, regulators, and industries to navigate the digital transformation of financial systems globally.
CCAF funding has come from various sources including philanthropic donations, research grants, sponsored work, and commissioned work. As an academic institute within the University of Cambridge, we adhere to the principle of academic independence while following stringent research ethics guidelines.