30th SUERF Colloquium - Speaker Biographies - Commission 1

States, Banks, and the Financing of the Economy

to be held at Rämistrasse 74, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland
sponsored by UBS, Bank Julius Baer, the Department of Banking and Finance, University of Zurich,
NCCR Finrisk, the Swiss Finance Institute and KOF ETHZ

Commission 1 speaker biographies:

Antonio Afonso
Wim W. Boonstra
Franco Bruni
Georg Erber
Séverine Menguy
Thorvald G. Moe
Francesco Passarelli
Anna Pomeranets
Harald W. Stieber
Stavros Vourloumis
Maartje Wijffelaars
Dieter Wirth

Antonio Afonso

Antonio Afonso holds an Agregação, PhD, Master, and 1st degree in Economics from the School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon. Full Professor of Economics at ISEG-School of Economics and Management, and President of UECE - Research Unit on Complexity and Economics, ISEG. He is also a Principal Economist at the European Central Bank (on leave). Previously he was the Senior Economist at Caixa Geral de Depósitos, and at the Portuguese Treasury and Debt Management Agency, and Consultant and Adviser at the Portuguese Ministry of Finance, and previously lectured also at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main. He has published extensively in academic journals and authored books on financial economics; economics and public finances and monetary and financial economics.

Wim W. Boonstra

Wim Boonstra is Chief Economist of Rabobank Nederland. He also teaches Money and Banking at VU University in Amsterdam. He has published numerous articles on banking, financial markets, international economics, business cycles and European Integration (see publication list). In 1990 he won a Special Merit Award in the American Express Award Competition with an essay, in which he launches a proposal for the common funding of public deficits in EMU. This was the first proposal for the use of so-called "Eurobonds" to stabilize EMU.

Franco Bruni

Franco Bruni is Full Professor of International Monetary Economics at Bocconi University. From 1994 to 2000 he was Director of Bocconi's Institute of Economics. He is a member of Bocconi's Centre for Research on Monetary and Financial Economics "Paolo Baffi". He i salso Vice-President and Scientific Director of ISPI, Milan's Institute for International Political Studies and a Member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee and formerly a member of the Council of Management of the Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières (SUERF) including a ter mas SUERF President from 1997 to 2000. He has worked for parliamentary and governmental study groups on the Italian banking and financial system. He is a member of the editorial board (former Editor) of the Giornale degli economisti e annali di economia, of the advisory board of the Journal of Financial Stability and of the scientific committee of the Rivista di Politica Economica . Up until 1990 he was a full professor of Economics and Finance at the Università di Brescia. He has been a member of the Founding Committee of the Università di Bolzano, visiting scholar and visiting professor at New York University, University of California at Berkeley, Chulalongkorn University of Bangkok, Università Getulio Vargas of Sao Paulo, University of New South Wales in Sydney, UBC in Vancouver, and Fudan University in Shanghai. Franco Bruni holds a degree in Economics from Università Bocconi and a Master of Science in Economics from MIT, Cambridge, U.S.A.

Georg Erber

Georg Erber studied Economics at the Department of Economics of the Free University of Berlin before becoming a Research Associate at the Institute for Insurance Mathematics and Statistics with the special research area of econometrics and statistics and receiving his PhD in economics. Since May 1981 he has been a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), including a couple of visiting professorships in the PR China and Thailand and also as Short-term Expert for the Society of Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in South America (Peru) and Asia (PR Lao). He has held research cooperations and visiting research fellowships in the USA, in particular at Harvard University, with Professor Jorgenson.

Séverine Menguy

Séverine Menguy studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France, and she obtained the Aggregation in social sciences in 1996. In October 2002, she also obtained a Doctorate in Economics. During the preparation of this Doctorate, between 1997 and 2003, she gave economic courses at the Université de Paris Ouest–Nanterre–La Défense. Since September 2003, she has been teaching at the Université Paris Descartes, in the department of social sciences. She has published papers in international reviews like: Journal of Economic Integration (2008, 2010, 2011), International Economic Journal (2010), Brussels Economic Review (2009), Journal of Policy Modeling (2008), Journal of Multinational Financial Management (2007). She has also participated at around 25 international conferences.

Thorvald G. Moe

Thorvald G. Moe is a senior adviser at Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, where he has worked since 1985. He has held a wide range of positions there, covering topics such as foreign exchange control, financial stability analysis, monetary policy, payment systems policy, and strategic planning. He formerly served as department director for the bank's financial stability report, and has also been an observer at the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway. He was also a regular observer at the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS). Before joining Norges Bank, Thorvald G Moe worked at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and the World Bank. He has also consulted widely for the International Monetary Fund in the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He has published books and articles on banking regulation, the financial crisis, and how to resolve cross-border banking crises. During the academic year 2011/2012 he worked as a Visiting Scholar at Levy Economic Institute at Bard College, where he worked on issues related to financial regulation, shadow banking, central bank policy and the interface between financial stability and monetary policy.

Francesco Passarelli

Francesco Passarelli is associate professor of economics at the University of Teramo and teaches economics at Bocconi University. He holds a Doctoral Degree in economics from Bocconi University and a MA in economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain. He has bee visiting scholar at Harvard University and visiting professor at the Dartmouth College, the IEES of Macau and the University of Victoria. He does research in political economy, cooperative game theory and European Union economic integration. Recent topics of his studies include the consequences of the Lisbon Treaty on member countries’ power, the political aspects of the choice between regulation and taxation, the behavioral aspects of political choices, the governments’ incentives to strategic defaults.

Anna Pomeranets

Anna Pomeranets is an Economist at the Bank of Canada's Financial Markets Department, where she started in 2010. She received her PhD in Finance from the Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, in 2011, M.A. in Quantitative Finance from Rutgers University in 2006, and B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University in 2005. Her research interests are in the area of market microstructure, particularly financial transaction taxes, market fragmentation and consolidation and high-frequency trading, among others. Anna Pomeranets is also interested in policy analysis related to financial market regulation and the broader international initiatives.

Harald W. Stieber

Harald Stieber is an economist in the unit Programme design and support in the Directorate General for economic and financial affairs of the European Commission, dealing with the EU's financial assistance programmes for EU Member States. In the Commission, he is a specialist on EU financial assistance instruments and governance issues related to their implementation. Since he joined DG ECFIN in 2007, he participated in three joint IMF/EU financial assistance programmes. Between 2002 and 2007 he was the managing editor of the annual Austrian Stability Programme in the Federal Ministry of Finance in Vienna. During that time, he was also in charge of macro-econometric modelling; he contributed to the reform and implementation of the EU's Stability and Growth Pact, as well as to the reform and implementation of the inner-Austrian stability pact (setting fiscal targets for different levels of government). During 2004, he was seconded to the OECD Economic Department in Paris, working on the effect of policies and institutions on growth and employment. Between 2002 and 2007, Stieber was heading the Austrian delegation to the Working Party 1 of the OECD's Economic Policy Committee. He has also been a member of the EU EPC's subcommittees on Lisbon Methodology (LIME) and on the quality of public finance. Stieber first studied mechanical engineering at the Graz University of Technology, Austria, and then economics at the University of Vienna (master's degree in 2001), the University of Sussex at Brighton (1994/95), and the Vienna University of Economics and Business; in early 1998, he spent a research semester on African monetary union in Montpellier, France.

Stavros Vourloumis

Stavros Vourloumis was born in Athens, Greece in 1987. He studied economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, receiving a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.Sc. in Economics, with specialization in Applied Economics and Finance. He worked for the European Commission and has collaborated in various research and policy projects as an economist. His research interests include the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union, the architecture for economic governance of the EMU and the Eurozone and its various aspects, the economic, financial and structural policies of the EU, the political economy of banking and finance and the processes and various aspects of banking and financial globalization (with emphasis on home and host-country microeconomic effects).

Maartje Wijffelaars

Maartje Wijffelaars has a Master of Science in the field of Economics. Before starting her studies at the University of Tilburg in September 2006 she studied Spanish for three months in Granada, in the south of Spain. In October 2006 she moved to Tilburg and joined both a study and student association in which she took part in several committees such as a symposium committee. Furthermore, within the student association she joined a sorority in which she filled the position of member for five years along with that of treasurer and cash auditor each for one year. In addition, from September 2008 until February 2009 she studied economics at the University of Zaragoza. In July 2010 she obtained her Bachelor degree after writing a thesis called 'Will the Stability and Growth Pact prolong the crisis?'. In July 2011 she graduated with distinction from the University of Tilburg in the field of International Economics and Finance after writing a Master thesis with the title 'Global imbalances, China, and cooperation: How to move to a globally balanced world?'. Thereafter, she started working at the University of Antwerp as an academic assistant at the Department of Economics.

Dieter Wirth

Dieter Wirth joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998 and first focused on M&A and international reorganisation transactions and then on the financial industry where he became tax partner in 2006. He is both a certified tax advisor and an attorney-at-law with extensive experience of many of the largest financial institutions domiciled in Switzerland. Dieter has a wide range of working knowledge in capital market transactions, on tax due diligence and international tax structuring projects in the finance sector in general. Dieter leads the Asset Management Industry Team within the Swiss firm. In addition he leads the Financial Service tax team in the Zurich office and is a board member of SECA (The Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association)