Remembering Charles Freeland

Charles Freeland FR course 2014
Charles Freeland (front row, third from left) with his class of 2014 at Christ’s College Cambridge
Granta Photography

Charles Freeland, who died last year at the age of 75, was the key behind-the-scenes official in the secretariat of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for longer than anyone else. As Ryozo Himino, the vice-minister for international affairs at Japan’s Financial Services Agency and a former secretary-general of the Basel Committee, notes: “Charles embodied the club culture of the pre-crisis Basel processes. He had a dry sense of irony. He was friendly and considerate while maintaining a p

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