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Patricio Contreras

Lecturer; Co-Founder, EMS Venture Capital (Fintech)

Patricio A. Contreras is a finance professional with 20 years of experience at leading Wall Street firms, the U.S. Government and multilateral organizations. His expertise spans market and credit risk modeling, model risk management, and international trade in financial services.

Contreras worked at S&P Global, where he led a team responsible for the implementation and testing of 300+ credit rating and surveillance models. Prior to S&P Global, he managed the stress testing methodology unit at Morgan Stanley, which was in charge of a simulation-based model used for economic capital, risk management, and regulatory stress testing. During the subprime crisis, Contreras was a quantitative examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), where he evaluated compliance with the enhanced capital and model risk management requirements at large U.S. banks. Earlier in his career, Contreras advised international free trade negotiations as an expert on trade in financial services partnering with various multilateral organizations.


  • M.Phil., Cambridge University
  • M.A., Georgetown University