After completing his PhD in Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Cristian Popa embarked on a career in Finance, which started with enrolling in a second PhD in Finance (University of Vienna) for which he was exceptionally awarded the Gutmann Scholarship for two years in a row. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has worked as credit risk analyst and financial engineer for Deutsche Bank AG in various locations (London, New York, Mumbai) in the areas of internal risk modeling (PD/LGD), Regulatory/Economic Capital and counterparty credit risk. Subsequently, he headed the Corporate Rating Competence Center at Erste Bank Group in Vienna, responsible for developing the methodology for non-retail rating systems. At present, he is a member of Joint Supervisory Team for Austrian Significant Institutions responsible for topics in the areas of Credit/Market Risk modeling, Economic Capital and Securitization. Also he represents Austria in the European Bank Authority working group on Securitization and Covered Bonds.