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Keynote Speaker


Professor  Paul R. Krugman

The 2008 Solo Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

"Paul Krugman’s is a lone voice, telling things as they are and debunking Washington policies that are neither compassionate nor conservative." – Paul Samuelson

Paul Krugman has at least three jobs: he is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and perhaps his best-known job is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. In recognition of his influence, The Washington Monthly called him the most important political columnist in America.”

Featured Speakers

Dr. Samuel A. Vigne

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. 

Gianni De Nicolo
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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.

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