Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta

Chief Operating Officer

UK Export Finance

Bhaskar Dasgupta is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency. As COO, he leads UKEF’s operations and business management, technology, operational risk, directing digital transformation and change programmes.

Before joining UKEF, Bhaskar was COO and Programme Director at HSBC, where he was responsible for the sales and business development of a wide range of divisions, from Global Forfeiting and Risk Distribution to Cash Management.

He previously worked at ABN AMRO (now Royal Bank of Scotland) as the lead for Strategy, Architecture and Change Management for their European IT division and delivered several programmes for the Investment Bank arm before becoming COO.

His career in trading and risk management has spanned roles at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup), Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers and SunGard. He has an MBA in Finance and IT and two PhDs (Politics and Terrorism, King’s College London; Computational Finance and Artificial Intelligence, Manchester Business School), and is currently undertaking a third.

Bhaskar is a visiting professor at universities around the world, Business Advisor at Enactus, a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action, and sponsor of DISHA, an orphanage in India.