Naomi Fink, MA, MSc, FRM
CEO and Founder, Europacifica Consulting
Naomi Fink is the CEO and founder of Europacifica Consulting, an economics and strategy-consulting firm. Prior to founding Europacifica in August 2013, Naomi established herself as a high-profile financial market strategist for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, across a variety of markets. With over 14 years of experience in financial markets, Naomi’s experience as a strategist extends from G10 and Asian foreign exchange markets to Japan macroeconomic and equity strategy with a highly entrepreneurial focus.
Embarking on her research career as an Asian foreign exchange strategist (G7 and local currencies) while at UBS in 2002, Naomi went on to start up BNP Paribas’ foreign exchange derivatives research product from New York, in 2005. Her early emphasis was on financial market risk. Ms. Fink was responsible for maintaining the UBS FX Risk Index and subsequently built from scratch BNP Paribas’s FX Volatility Index, among the first of its kind in the market. Subsequently, Ms. Fink was recruited by the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (Japan’s largest bank) to develop and promote their first English-language Japan Strategy product. While at BTMU, her flagship strategy product “The Talk of Tokyo” became one of the most widely read daily publications on Japan in international financial markets. Subsequently, Fink started up Jefferies’ Japan equity strategy product in their nascent Japanese equities operation in 2011, providing clients with vital analysis not only on Japanese equity markets but also on various aspects of Japanese public policy – from monetary to energy policy – in the wake of the Tohoku disaster.
Ms Fink has been a frequent public speaker at high-profile events around the world. As a regular, Ms. Fink appears on international television and radio providing expert commentary and is regularly quoted in numerous financial publications. Senior policymakers and officials around the globe have sought out Ms. Fink’s insights on Japan. Naomi holds an MSc in Specialised Economic Analysis from Barcelona GSE and an M.A. Honours in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, as well as a Financial Risk Manager certificate (administered by GARP). Formal training in project management assists her in bringing many complex research projects to fruition. Among her pet projects is the analysis of heterogeneity in Japanese total factor productivity.
Naomi Fink was nominated to the Japan Society of Monetary Economics in May 2014.