Keynote Speakers


Steven Ongena

University of Zurich, Swiss Finance Institute, KU Leuven and CEPR

Steven Ongena is a professor of banking in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, a research professor at KU Leuven, and a research fellow in financial economics of CEPR. He is also a research professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank. Before moving to Zurich, he taught at CentER-Tilburg University and BI Norwegian Business School and studied at the Universities of Oregon (PhD), Alberta (MA) and KU Leuven (MBA, Hir).

He has published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, Review of Finance, and Review of Financial Studies, among other journals.

He co-authored, with Hans Degryse and Moshe Kim, the graduate textbook Microeconometrics of Banking: Methods, Applications and Results published by Oxford University Press. He is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry, the International Journal of Central Banking, the International Review of Finance and the Journal of Financial Services Research, and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Stability, Economic Notes, the Asian Review of Financial Research, and the Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions. In the past he has served as a co-editor for the Review of Finance and as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the European Economic Review and the Journal of Banking and Finance, among other journals. He is a fellow of CFS and serves on the scientific advisory board of EBES, FINEST, GOLCER, the Halle Institute for Economic Research, IBEFA, the Research Data and Service Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank and SAFE. Pre-covid he used to be a frequent visitor at central banks around the world. In 2017 he received an ERC Advanced Grant, in 2012 an NYU-Fordham-RPI Rising Star in Finance Award and in 2009 a Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship of the European Central Bank.

Bruno S. Sergi

Professor of International Economics, University of Messina and Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Harvard Extension School

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Bruno S. Sergi serves as an instructor at Harvard University, where he teaches “The Economics of Emerging Markets—Asia and Eastern Europe” and “Political Economy of Russia and China.” Dr. Sergi serves as Center Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Concurrently, Dr. Sergi teaches “International Economics” and “Political Economy and International Finance” at the University of Messina.

Dr. Sergi has performed extensive consulting services for the private and government sectors. Since 2009 he has coached two networks of trade-union economic experts: the SEE TUs Economic Experts’ Network and the NIS TUs Economic Experts’ Network, both of which are under the framework of the Pan-European Regional Council of the International Trade Union Confederation. He has done research at a number of national central banks in Western and Eastern Europe (e.g., National Bank of Poland, Czech National Bank, and the National Bank of Belgium).

He has taught and done research at New York University, the IMF, CERC-University of Melbourne, the University of Latvia, Prague International Business School, City University (Slovakia), ISM University of Management and Economics (Lithuania), Warsaw School of Economics, University “Aleksandër Moisiu” – Fastip (Albania) and the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels. He has been an Honorary Fellow of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne (2010- 2011).

Dr. Sergi’s extensive academic career, publications, and advisory roles with the leading international institutions have established him as a premier expert, frequent guest, contributor, and a commentator on the matters of contemporary developments in political economy and emerging markets in a wide range of media.

Sergi has authored or co-authored books and journal articles on transition economics, international macroeconomics, and global business, the most recent book titles being Economic Dynamics in Transitional Economies (Routledge 2003); Global Business Management (Ashgate 2007); The Political Economy of Southeast Europe from the 1990 to the Present (Continuum 2008); Misinterpreting Modern Russia: Western Views of Putin and His Presidency (Continuum 2009); and Cross-Cultural Management: Discovering a Mosaic of Words and Concepts (McGraw-Hill 2012).