San José, Costa Rica, May 2023.

Babak Abbaszadeh

Babak Abbaszadeh

President and CEO, Toronto Centre. Babak Abbaszadeh joined Toronto Centre for Global Leadership in Financial Supervision as President and CEO in June 2010.

Babak is responsible for the organization’s strategy, capacity-building programming, operational activities, and outreach. Babak is a frequent public speaker in global fora, and he is a moderator of Toronto Centre’s policy dialogue webinars and events.

Babak oversees the Centre’s collaboration with central banks, supervisory authorities, international development agencies, the Financial Stability Board, international standard-setting bodies, international financial institutions, regional development banks and UN agencies.

He has 30 years of experience in public policy and implementation in the public and private sectors. Babak has held leadership roles in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, energy, and natural resources financing, including at Sun Life Financial and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He was also a former chief of staff to two Energy Ministers in Ontario. He was also the senior policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources. During that period, he worked on a number of federal and inter-provincial files. Babak received the Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Oregon.