Featured Speakers

 
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Dr. Stan Beckers, Ph.D. (Berkeley)

Executive Fellow of Finance

Dr. Stan Beckers is Executive Fellow and Chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School, and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at Rothesay Life in London. Prior to April 2017, He was a member of the Management Board of NN Group and CEO of NN Investment Partners (previously known as ING Investment Management). He has more than 30 years of professional and leadership experience in global finance and asset management with organizations such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Kedge Capital and WestAM. Dr. Beckers was also one of the early partners at BARRA (now MSCI BARRA) where he started and ran the non-US operations for 20 years.


Over the years, Dr. Beckers has served as a member of the investment committee of several pension funds and on the supervisory boards of KAS Bank and Robeco in the Netherlands. He has taught at various Universities such as UC Berkeley, VU Amsterdam, Cass Business School, London School of Economics, and KULeuven.  He has published over 50 papers in various academic journals such as Journal of Finance, JFQA, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management.

 

Dr. Samuel A. Vigne

Dr. Samuel A. Vigne is Professor of Finance. Previously, he was an Associate Professor with Trinity College,  Dublin. He obtained his PhD in Finance from Trinity College, Dublin, an MSc Finance (University of Dublin), a PGCHET (Queen’s University), and a BSc in Business Economics (Universität Mannheim). His research interests include econometric modelling, international finance, and corporate finance. His research is widely published in leading academic outlets, such as, amongst others, the Journal of Corporate Finance and the European Journal of Operational Research. Furthermore, Professor Vigne serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Finance Research Letters, a leading academic finance journal. Professor Vigne also serves as Associate Editor for the International Review of Financial Analysis, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and Research in International Business and Finance, amongst other academic outlets. Professor Vigne is also a consultant for the Association of the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.  He develops policy recommendations for HM Government, the Bank of England, and the Government of India. A recognized exemplar in the profession, Professor Vigne is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.  He received a national level award for his services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 
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Professor Gianni De Nicolò

Professor Gianni De Nicolò joined the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Carey Business School in 2018 as Associate Professor of Banking and Finance. Before joining JHU, he was Senior Economist in the International Monetary Fund (Monetary and Capital Markets Department, Research Department, IMF Institute), Economist in the Division of International Finance at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance of Brandeis University, and Lecturer at the University of Rome I (“La Sapienza”). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. His research includes theoretical models of banking with empirical applications, banking regulation, and macroeconomic and financial modeling of systemic risks.