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Dr. Nayantara Hensel named PCAOB Chief Economist, Director of Economic and Risk Analysis

Dr. Nayantara Hensel has been named Chief Economist and the Director of the Office of Economic and Risk Analysis for the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Dr. Hensel will progress the organization’s economic analysis, research programmes, and risk and other policy analysis. This research and analysis will inform PCAOB activities, including standard-setting, inspection, and enforcement. 

"The Board is committed to better leveraging economic and risk analysis to more effectively set standards, rules, and guidance,” said Chairman William D. Duhnke. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Hensel join our team and look forward to utilizing her deep knowledge and experience to enhance the Board’s oversight activities.”  

 Prior to joining the PCAOB, Dr. Hensel served as an Associate Director at the Federal Housing Finance Agency where she engaged in policy development and analysis, financial analysis, and research. She also previously served as the Chief Economist for the Department of the Navy where she provided economic guidance and forecasts on economic factors and played a significant role in defence industrial base issues.

Dr. Hensel has taught at Harvard University, the Stern School of Business at New York University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and National Defense University. She also served as Research Fellow at NBER and as the Pentagon Scholar in Residence.

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