Karen Petrou

Karen Petrou

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Karen Petrou is one of the most sought-after financial consultants in Washington and one of the most influential experts on financial policy and regulation in the world. Karen is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Federal Financial Analytics, a proprietary think tank providing analytical and advisory services on legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues. She is a frequent speaker on topics affecting the financial services industry, and frequently appears in the media as an expert on banking legislation and regulation. Karen has advised boards of directors of the world’s largest financial services firms and testified before academic, industry, and governmental bodies in the U.S. and around the world. She also provides strategic guidance to foundations on a pro bono basis in connection with work by her and her husband, Basil, to create new funding instruments to speed biomedical research. Karen is the author of the book Engine of Inequality, and has also authored numerous articles in publications such as the American Banker and the Financial Times. Prior to founding her own firm in 1985, she worked in Washington as an officer at Bank of America, where she began her career in 1977.



  • 2019 Visionary Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness

  • Dubbed by the American Banker as "the sharpest mind analyzing banking policy today — maybe ever".