Arend is a Senior Associate at BFA, where he helps to develop regulatory and supervisory technology (RegTech, SupTech) solutions. He joined BFA from Fitch Ratings, where he was Director of Sovereign Ratings for Latin America, covering mostly Central America and Mexico. Prior to that, as a Senior Economist at Swiss Re, he produced insights about the insurance and reinsurance industry globally, with a specific focus on re/insurance regulation, agricultural insurance, and insurtech in Latin America. Arend has also worked in corporate and investment banking at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in financial intelligence at Business Monitor International in London. He holds a B.A. in economics, politics, and Russian from McGill University in Montreal, and a M.S.c from the London School of Economics. He is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.