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Rama Cont is Chair of Mathematical Finance at Oxford University, director of the CFM-Imperial Institute of Quantitative Finance, Senior Research Scientist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris (France), Scientific advisor to Norges Bank and founding partner of Finance Concepts, a risk management advisory firm based in Paris and New York. His research has focused on stochastic processes and the modeling of extreme market risks: market breakdowns, systemic risk and liquidity risk. He has participated in the design and stress testing of large scale risk-management systems for major exchanges and CCPs in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. He was awarded the Louis Bachelier Prize in 2010 by the French Academy of Sciences for his research on mathematical modelling of financial risks.