George Constantinides - University of Chicago, USA
George Constantinides studies the causes of the historically observed premium of equity returns over bond returns, the value premium, and the size premium; the pricing and hedging of fixed-income securities, options, futures, and other derivatives; the effects of transaction costs and taxes on the pricing of derivatives; and portfolio management. He has published numerous papers in distinguished academic periodicals. Subjects he has covered include "Mispricing of S&P 500 Index Options," written with J. C. Jackwerth and S. Perrakis in the Review of Financial Studies; "Rational Asset Prices," in the Journal of Finance; and "Junior Can’t Borrow: A New Perspective on the Equity Premium Puzzle," written with J. B. Donaldson and R. Mehra in the Quarterly Journal of Economics. A former president of the American Finance Association and of the Society for Financial Studies, Constantinides is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as a director and trustee of the Dimensional Fund Advisors’ family of funds and trusts. Constantinides earned a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University and MBA and DBA degrees from Indiana University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1979, having previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University. He also visited Harvard University as a Marvin Bower Fellow. Outside his research and teaching, he likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, scuba dive, read, listen to music, and discover new people, ideas, places, and restaurants.
Gikas Hardouvelis - University of Piraeus, Greece and former Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic
"European Union Financial Crisis"
Gikas A. Hardouvelis is a Professor of Finance and Economics at the Department of Banking and Financial Management at the School of Finance and Statistics of the University of Piraeus-Greece. He is the former Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic from June 2014 following the cabinet resuffle to January 2015 till the Greek Elections. He was the Chief Economist, Head of Economic Research and Member of the Executive Committee of the EUROBANK Group (2005-2014). He is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and at the Centre for Money, Banking and Institutions of Surrey Business School. He is a member of the Cyprus International Institute of Management and the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Harvard Foundation. During the semester of November 2011 - May 2012 of the coalition government of National Unity, he served as the Director of the Economic Office of the Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics (1983, University of California, Berkeley -USA), and M.Sc. & B.A. degrees in Applied Mathematics (1978, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA). He has been Assistant Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University (1983-1989), Associate Professor and subsequently Full Professor at Rutgers University (1989-1993). He was president and then member of the Academic Council of the Hellenic Banks Association and its EBF-EMAC representative and member of the Foundation for the Economic & Industrial Research and member. He served as a Research Adviser & Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1987-1993) and as an Adviser of the Bank of Greece for the next two years (1994-1995), where he also acted as Second Alternate to the Governor at the European Monetary Institute (precursor to the ECB). Between1996-2000 he held the post of Chief Economist at the National Bank of Greece, where he restructured the Economic Analysis Division, created the Risk Management Division, the Assets-Liabilities Management Department, and the Investors Relations Department. He also played a critical role in the establishment of the Athens Derivatives Exchange, as an original member of its Board of Directors (1997-2000). During 2000-2004, he was Director of the Economic Office of the Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis. His academic work extends in Finance and Macroeconomics and is published in many internationally renowned journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics and many others. He has been included in the Hall of Fame of the top-50 individual publishers worldwide in applied econometrics over 1989 to 1995. (See p. 432, in Badi H. Baltagi, "Applied Econometrics Rankings: 1989-1995", Journal of Applied Econometrics 1999, Vol. 14, pp. 423-441). His work on margin requirements had a crucial impact on shaping the reform of the legal framework governing the markets of futures on stock indices in the US.
Shyam Sunder - Yale School of Management, USA
Dr. Shyam Sunder is the James L. Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Finance at the Yale School of Management; Professor in the Department of Economics; and Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. He is a world-renowned accounting theorist and experimental economist. His research contributions include financial reporting, information in security markets, statistical theory of valuation, and design of electronic markets. He is a pioneer in the fields of experimental finance and experimental macroeconomics. Dr. Sunder has won many awards for his research that includes six books and more than 200 articles in the leading journals of accounting, economics and finance, as well as in popular media. Dr. Sunder’s current research includes the problem of structuring U.S. and international accounting and auditing institutions to obtain a judicious and efficient balance between regulatory oversight and market competition. He is a past president of the American Accounting Association, former director of the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale, honorary research director of Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, and distinguished fellow of the Center for Study of Science and Technology Policy in Bengaluru.