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Ethiopis Tafara

Ethiopis Tafara

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Director, Office of International Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Ethiopis Tafara is the Director of the Office of International Affairs of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this capacity, Mr. Tafara advises the Commission and senior staff on international legal and policy issues and also represents the Commission with foreign policy-makers, foreign regulators and international institutions on issues relating to securities regulation. Mr. Tafara serves as the SEC’s representative to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). In May 2012, he was elected Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board. Among his responsibilities as a member of IOSCO’s management team, Mr. Tafara is Chairman of the Monitoring Group overseeing the Public Interest Oversight Board. Mr. Tafara also is currently an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches a course on international securities markets and regulation. In addition, he is a Member of the International Advisory Council of the International Centre for Financial Regulation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilton Park USA Foundation.

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Tafara served in several capacities at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, including Counsel to Chairperson Born and Acting Chief Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. In addition to extensive government service, he was a lecturer at the European Business School in Brussels and a partner at P&T Consultants in Brussels. He began his legal career at the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Mr. Tafara received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989 and earned an AB from Princeton University in 1985.

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