Law - Math = Injustice: A Story of Conflict

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Eric Ben-Artzi (Gannuity)

This talk is about the conflicts of interest within the law enforcement bodies of our institutions, and the devastating consequences for organizations and society in general. It will look at the structural flaws in the gatekeeping apparatus from an abstract perspective, and at specific examples, especially from the speaker’s personal experience as a whistleblower at Deutsche Bank in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The important role for people with mathematical training will be highlighted.

Eric Ben-Artzi holds a PhD in mathematics from NYU, and is an expert in quantitative financial risk and valuation models. He worked for major Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs as well as small fin-tech startups such as BondIT. As a risk analyst at Deutsche Bank, he exposed a massive and complex accounting fraud. When internal reporting failed, Eric worked with an NGO and journalists to expose the conflicts of interest both within the bank and at law enforcement bodies. Eric teaches financial engineering courses at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and is an advocate for legal reform.