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The mission of the Office of Innovation is to help prepare clients and the Private Bank for the future.

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Innovation is rapidly changing the world around us.

Technological advancements are revolutionizing the ways we live, work and invest.

Many of them could have far-reaching implications for you and your wealth.

However, the speed and diversity of the changes often make it hard to keep up.

The Private Bank created the Office of Innovation to be your dedicated guide to this area.

Our Innovation Officers identify the trends that are most likely to disrupt businesses and impact investments in those businesses.

We then help you make sense of those trends so you can adapt your business and investment portfolio for the challenges and opportunities.

Our work addresses the big picture and then contributes to actionable investment ideas and business strategies.



The insights we generate also promote the adoption of new technologies and practices within the Private Bank to enhance the overall service you receive.

As disruptive innovation continues at an almost overwhelming speed, we can be your constant partner as you navigate change.

Embedded within the innovation network of Citi, the Office of Innovation is both a sense maker and a connector - sharing insight by bringing the outside in and the inside out.

Philip Watson
Chief Innovation Officer & Head of the Global Investment Lab
How we serve you
Strong partnerships
The Office of Innovation complements our own work with insights from an extensive network of partners with a depth of experience.

This includes Citi Research’s institutional analysts, as well as Silicon Valley-based Citi Ventures, which accelerates the discovery of new sources of value by exploring, incubating and investing in new ideas.

We also collaborate with third parties, such as fintech companies and leading academic institutions.

Our strong partnerships enable us to keep you updated about the most critical trends.

Global perspectives
Innovation is transforming industries throughout the world.

While the forces are global by nature, their impacts can vary by country.

The Office of Innovation has professionals and partners based in every global region.

Ongoing insights
We deliver our analysis to you in a variety of ways, according to your preferences.

Our white papers and other publications address some of the most topical developments within innovation today.

We organize regular events and forums – both in-person and virtual – helping you to connect to thought leaders and your peers from around the world.

We can also offer you customized advice upon specific innovation issues facing you, your business and your portfolio.

Meet our people

Global Head

Philip Watson

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of the Global Investment Lab

Philip heads the Private Bank’s Office of Innovation, which he helped to establish in 2018. He chairs the Growth Board, participates on accelerator programs and other initiatives designed to improve the client experience. 

He has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, mostly gained at Citi. Before joining the Private Bank, he held a variety of positions within Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. As well as leading the Global Investment Lab, Philip sits on the Global Investment Committee and Multi-Asset Class Committees, which inform the tactical market views and management of discretionary portfolios respectively. 

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