Camille Stoll-Davey, a graduate of the Cayman Islands High School and Barry University in Florida, was awarded a Doctorate in Law by the University of Oxford for her thesis titled ‘Global Comparison of Hedge Fund Regulation’ in June 2008.
Ms Stoll-Davey, a Commonwealth Scholar, is the daughter of the late Joyann Rolling and was jointly supervised in her work by Professor Philip Wood, who is also Global Counsel for the UK law firm Allen & Ovary, and Professor Stephen Weatherill, who holds the position of Jacques Delors Professor of European Community Law at the University of Oxford. Ms Stoll-Davey, who qualified as a barrister during her time in England, notes that her recent research on financial services regulation and the role of multilateral organisations in setting regulatory standards, has allowed her to not only extend her knowledge of law and regulatory practices in a range of jurisdictions including Cayman, but also to build on her experience as a Certified Public Accountant in both Cayman and the United States.
Camille gives much of the credit for her success to the support she has received over the years from family, professional colleagues and friends, and to the excellent teachers she had in Cayman’s Government school system. She also credits both the scholarship, which she received from the Cayman Islands Government Scholarship programme, that allowed her to obtain her undergraduate degree in accountancy from Barry University and the Commonwealth Scholarship programme that more recently allowed her to attend the University of Oxford.
‘I am very grateful not only to those who fund these scholarships, but also to the individuals in Cayman who administer them. Without the hard and often unrecognised work of these people in Cayman, Caymanian scholars would not have many of the opportunities which are now available,’ she said.
‘It has been an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to study in the stimulating and challenging environment, which the University of Oxford offers.
‘Like many women who left education in their late teens or early 20s to enter the world of work and to raise families, I doubted that I would be able to continue my education after a significant amount of time away from university. However, I found that it was not only possible with a little hard work to get back into academic life, but that my knowledge of the working world actually made learning easier in some ways. I am now more convinced than ever that the pursuit of education can be a worthwhile part of a life long journey.
‘I would like to encourage all Caymanians who are considering further education, whether they are recent school leavers, or people who like me have been working in the private or public sectors, to both support and pursue the benefits of the scholarship programmes that are offered locally.’
She is involved in transforming her thesis into a book and has accepted an appointment at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, which involves further research in financial services regulation, but that she hopes to return to Cayman to pursue her career this fall.