Paul Atkins is Senior Partner of Sphere Consulting LLC, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. He is also managing Director of Patomak Partners LLC, which provides consulting services regarding financial services industry matters, including regulatory compliance, risk and crisis management, trade analysis, and strategy. From July 2002 to August 2008, Mr. Atkins served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his two terms, he advocated for better transparency and consistency in the SEC’s decision making and enforcement activities and smarter regulation that considers costs and benefits. He represented the SEC at various meetings of the US-EU Transatlantic Economic Council, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, the World Economic Forum, and the Transatlantic Business Dialogue. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Additionally, from 2009–2010, he was appointed by Congress to serve as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Thomas W. Gilligan is the tenth dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include microeconomics, applied price theory, industrial organization, antitrust economics, and public choice. Prior to his appointment at the McCombs School of Business, Dr. Gilligan held several key administrative roles at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Most notable positions include his service as interim Dean, as the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Education, as director of the Ph.D. program, and as the Chair of the Finance and Business Economics Department. Dr. Gilligan holds the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership. He received his B.A. in 1979 at the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in 1984. He taught Economics at the California Institute of Technology (1984–1987) and during his tenure at USC he held visiting appointments at Stanford University (1989–1990 and 1994) and Northwestern University (1995–1996). He was the recipient of a National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution of War and Peace and was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1972–1976.
Diana B. Henriques is the author of The Wizard of Lies, The White Sharks of Wall Street, Fidelity’s World, and The Machinery of Greed. She is Senior Financial Writer for The New York Times, having joined the Times staff in 1989. A Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has won several awards for her work on the Times’s coverage of the Madoff scandal and was part of the team recognized as a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the financial crisis of 2008.
Edward S. Knight is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ), the world’s largest exchange. In his role as general counsel, Mr. Knight is responsible for providing legal counsel to senior management and for overseeing the quality of legal services across the global organization. He is also responsible for government relations, listing qualifications, market regulation, and the office of economic research.
In addition, Mr. Knight oversees the Office of Corporate Secretary, which is responsible for all of NASDAQ’s corporate governance activities and maintaining the Corporate Record. Mr. Knight is the Chief Regulatory Officer of the NASDAQ Exchange. Prior to joining the NASD, he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from September 1994 to June 1999. Upon his departure, he received the Alexander Hamilton Award from Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, the department’s highest award. Before being named general counsel, he served as Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen. Mr. Knight graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1976.
Robert E. Litan is the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, where he oversees the Foundation’s extensive program for funding data collection and research relating to entrepreneurship and economic growth. He is also a Senior Fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where he previously was Vice President and Director of Economic Studies. Together with Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm and New York University Professor William Baumol, Dr. Litan wrote Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity, which has been translated into ten languages and is used as a college text around the world. During his career, Dr. Litan has authored or coauthored more than twenty books, edited another fourteen, and authored or coauthored more than two hundred articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers on a broad range of public policy issues.
Dr. Litan has served in several capacities in the federal government. During 1995 and 1996, he was associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for overseeing budgetary and other policies of six cabinet agencies. From 1993 to 1995, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General, in charge of civil antitrust litigation and regulatory issues at the Department of Justice. From 1977 to 1979, he was the regulatory and legal staff specialist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Litan received his B.S. in economics (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. from Yale Law School; and both his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Charles R. Plott is the Edward S. Harkness Professor of Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology. A pioneer in the field of experimental economics, his research interests include behavioral foundations of economics and political science; laboratory experimental methods; regulation, deregulation, and policy design. He is the Director of the Program for the Study of Enterprise and Public Policy, as well as the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science. He has published numerous books and articles, including Handbook of Experimental Economic Results, Volume 1. He earned a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Virginia, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Distinguished Fellow at the American Economic Association