Oonagh McDonald

Dr. Oonagh McDonald

Senior Adviser, Crito Capital

Topics: Financial Services

Dr. Oonagh McDonald, CBE is currently a senior adviser to Crito Capital, a private placement company based in New York.

A former British Member of Parliament, she became an international expert in financial regulation, after losing her seat in the General Election, 1987. She worked with the Asian Development Bank, advising regulatory authorities in a number of countries, including Sri Lanka and Indonesia. More recently, she has worked with USAID in Ukraine and Moldova. She has served as a non-executive director on the board of both financial services companies and regulatory authorities. In 1998, she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire), a national honor by the Queen for her work in financial regulation.

She is the author of numerous articles and seven books, of which the most recent are: “Holding bankers to account: A decade of market manipulation, regulatory failures and regulatory reforms” (Manchester University Press, 2019) and “Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation” (Agenda Publishing, 2021).


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Deep Dive Episode 210 – Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

Deep Dive Episode 210 – Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

Regulatory Transparency Project's Fourth Branch Podcast

Dr. Oonagh McDonald’s latest book, “Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation,” discusses the nature of money, the...