The Institute's founding members, collectively, have over one hundred years of practical experience in dealing with the development, operation and regulation of financial and trading markets. Their experience spans the last thirty-five years during which the markets have transformed globally and become interconnected. As regulators, professionals, industry participants, and recognized experts, IRT's founding members have witnessed, and participated in, the trends and developments transforming the operation and regulation of global financial and trading markets. Having played a significant role in the training of industry professionals and participants as well the training and management of regulatory personnel, the founding members share an abiding belief that training is the key to an organization's effectiveness and human resource optimization.