Amarendra Swarup is a respected commentator and expert on financial markets, alternative investments, asset–liability management, regulation, risk management, and pensions. He was formerly a partner at Pension Corporation, a leading UK-based pension buyout firm, and was at an AAA-rated hedge fund of funds in London before that. Swarup is a CAIA charter-holder and sits on the CAIA examinations council, the AllAboutAlpha.com editorial board, and the Adveq advisory board. He was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, setting up the Pensions Tomorrow research initiative, and a member of the CRO and Solvency II committees of the Association of British Insurers. Swarup holds a PhD (cosmology, Imperial College, London) and an MA (natural sciences, University of Cambridge). He has written extensively on diverse topics and is currently writing a book on financial crises throughout history and the common human factors underlying them, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013.