Course speakers

Marcus Burnett


SOFR Academy

Marcus Burnett is the Director of SOFR Academy, an education technology firm dedicated to building leaders in a risk-free rate based financial ecosystem for people, organizations and communities. SOFR Academy’s panel of advisors includes leading Academics from Harvard and MIT. Marcus is a former Interest Rate Derivatives trader.

Marcus is an IBOR Transition industry leader assisting industry working groups, trade associations, and financial market participants in planning and execution of programs focused on IBOR transition to RFR’s across the G5 currencies. He is a member of the Bank of England sponsored Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates SONIA Regulatory Dependencies Task Force and ‘Tough Legacy’ Task Force both chaired by the Financial Conduct Authority. He has delivered numerous public and private IBOR transition education sessions and advises clients on best practice and regulatory expectations. Marcus has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and cited by Bloomberg, American Banker and the International Financial Law Review.

Marcus is a member of the American Australian Association established by Sir Keith Murdoch and in 1948. Marcus resides in New York city. 

Christian Rasmussen

Head of group treasury


Senior Executive practiced in leveraging internal Assets & Liabilities structure/management and product skills to drive productivity and revenue across diverse platforms. Optimize internal assets and liabilities to deliver maximum client return/value. 

Ralph Axel

Interest Rate Strategist


Ralph Axel is a Director in US Rates Research. Regular Research publications include the Global Rates Weekly, Liquid Insight, and World at a Glance. Previously, he worked as a Rates Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank, and has experience in rates trading and sales. He has a BS in mathematics from University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.S and PhD in mathematics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.