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CREDIT RISK. Currently responsible of building his company multi-commodity risk and hedging platform, Thomas Alderweireld led several risk/pricing related projects in the banking and commodity industries. He’s specialized in market and credit risk system design, risk modelling and pricing, capital allocation and performance measures. He has co-published several articles in various journals, e.g. Risk magazine, Journal of Credit Risk, and has given several contributions to seminars and conferences. He was a referee for Risk magazine and co-supervisor of several quantitative theses. Thomas holds a PhD Es Sciences [Physics and quantitative finance] and is based in Hong Kong.


ASSET PRICING: PRACTICE I. Lieven Baele is Associate Professor of Finance at Tilburg University. His research is mostly in the field of Empirical Asset pricing and International Finance. He has published in journals such as the Review of Financial Studies or the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In recent papers, he searches for the fundamental determinants of asset return comovements, and to what extent return correlations change in times of market stress. He has taught Risk Management, International Finance, and Global Asset Allocation both in (under)graduate and executive programmes (Tias-Nimbas, Vlerick, and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management). He has been a consultant to both the public sector (European Central Bank, European Commission) and to private financial institutions.


OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING (C++). Olivier Devroede started as a physicist and obtained his PhD in 2003 on the design of a detector for high energy physics called CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid). Hereafter, he worked in the field of medical imaging where he helped in the design of a positron tomograph for the use on small animals (mainly rodents). Presently he is responsible for a team that manages the Belgian T2 cluster where physicists from all over the world can analyse the data coming out of the CMS detector.

OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL MARKETS AND REGULATION. Pierre Francotte is a member of the College of Resolution of Banks in the National Bank of Belgium. He was CEO of Euroclear group from 2000 until 2010. He has been also an independent Board member of Belfius Bank. Prior to this, he was an Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked for over 10 years. He is Advisor to Akinova, a London based insurtech. He is Senior Advisor at Kreab and Chairman of its Financial and Technology Forum.  He was Chairman of the ECMI-CEPS Task Force on MiFID Review in 2011-12, which made recommendations on behalf of market participants to the European Commission on the MiFID review.

DERIVATIVE PRICING:PRACTICE. Stefano Galluccio is currently Head of Interest Rate and Credit Trading at BNP Paribas Fortis in Belgium. Prior to the current role, he held several positions in the investment banking industry, including : Deputy Head of Quantitative Research at BNP Paribas Europe and Head of Options Trading Europe at BNP Paribas in London. Dr. Galluccio holds a Ph.D. In mathematical physics from University of Fribourg (CH), a DEA in mathematical finance from University VI in Paris and a Master in mathematical physics from University of Rome I “La Sapienza”. Stefano Galluccio is the author of several academic publications in mathematical physics and mathematical finance, and he is an invited speaker at conferences and workshops worldwide.


FEDS II/ASSET PRICING:THEORY/FIXED INCOME/SEMINAR IN QUANTITATIVE FINANCE. Jeroen Kerkhof is the founder and director of VAR Strategies, a financial consultancy and analytics firm. In addition he is the Academic director of the Advanced Master in Quantitative Finance at Solvay Brussels School. Jeroen has over 16 years of experience in interest rate, inflation, property, hybrid derivatives and counterparty risk valuations. His former roles include Global Head of Analytics at Jefferies, Head of Non-Linear Interest Rates at Danske Bank, Senior Interest Rate quant at Lehman Brothers and European Head of Quantitative Fixed Income Research at Morgan Stanley. He obtained a PhD in Financial Econometrics from Tilburg University while working part-time in the Product Analysis Group at ABN-AMRO Bank. His published several articles in internationally refereed journals.

FINANCIAL ECONOMETRICS. Bertrand Melenberg is a research fellow at CentER, Tilburg University, professor in Econometrics and Quantitative Finance at the Department of Econometrics & OR, Program Director of the MSc Economics and Finance of Aging, and senior researcher at Netspar. He is also part-time affiliated to the Finance Department of the University. His research interests cover various fields such as Empirical Micro-Econometrics and Empirical Finance (Asset Pricing). He taught various courses in econometrics, finance, and statistics at both undergraduate and graduate level and supervised several Ph.D. students.


Estimation Theory and Numerical Methods. Davy Paindaveine (SBS-EM faculty) holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from ULB, 2002. He is full professor of Statistics at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, ULB. He sits in the editorial board of six international journals, among which the Annals of Statistics, Statistica Sinica, the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, and Statistics and Probability Letters. Since 2005, he is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and is a visiting professor at Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Paris 6). In 2007, the American Statistical Association gave him the Gottfried E. Noether Young Scholar Award, for contributions to nonparametric statistics. He was co-director of ECARES from 2006 to 2012.

DERIVATIVE PRICING: THEORY. Olivier Scaillet, Belgian, is professor of finance and statistics at the Geneva Finance Research Institute of the University of Geneva and has a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute. He holds both a master and a Ph.D. from University Paris IX Dauphine in applied mathematics. Professor Scaillet’s research expertise is in the area of derivatives pricing, econometric theory and econometrics applied to finance and insurance. He has published several papers in top journals in econometrics and finance, and co-authored a book on financial econometrics. He has been one of the winners of the bi-annual award for the best paper published in the Journal of Empirical Finance on the topic of quantitative risk management and of the Banque Privée Espirito Santo award prize, on the topic of mutual fund performance. He is associate editor of several leading academic journals in econometrics, statistics, banking and finance. He is a long-term advisor for the research teams of BNPParibas.

RISK & RISK MANAGEMENT. Andrew Threadgold has been Head of Market Risk (Americas) at Royal Bank of Scotland since 2010. He was previously Head of Risk and Compliance – Institutional at Fidelity, Group Head of Market Risk at UBS, and Head of Risk Management at Euroclear. He held various senior positions at JP Morgan both on the risk management side, including Head of Investment Banking Markets Valuation and Risk, Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at JP.Morgan in New York, and CRO Asia Pacific in Tokyo, and on the business side, including Chief Operating Officer for Equity Derivatives in London, and Head of Structured Products Group in New York. Andrew also managed trading units in various market sectors. He is an advisor to the Risk Policy Committee at Euroclear. He is a former Board member of various infrastructures including FICC and Euroclear. He was also a contributor to the Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group II and has served as arbitrator for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE. Céline Vaessen is General Advisor of the Belgian Federal Holding and Investment Company, managing the Belgian State shares in financial institutions which benefited from State aid. Previously, Céline has been an investment banker responsible for financial institutions coverage in Benelux for 4 years. Céline is teaching Corporate Finance principles at the Executive Master in Finance and tutorials at the MBA of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

ASSET PRICING: PRACTICE II. Wim Van Hyfte is Senior Manager – Quantitative Equity Analyst at Dexia Asset Management. He obtained his Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Ghent University in 1998 and subsequently an MBA in finance at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. From September 1998 until September 1999, he was also part-time research assistant at the department of Corporate Finance, Ghent University, engaged in studying venture capital. He joined the department of Financial Economics, Ghent University, in October 1999 as a PhD research and teaching assistant carrying out doctoral research within the field of asset pricing. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Ghent University in 2005. After obtaining his PhD he became Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Financial Economics (Ghent University) and professor in Finance at the University of Antwerp Management School. From 2007 to 2012, he was also Professor at the Vlerick Business School teaching the Investment course. His research interests include asset pricing, portfolio management and risk management. His work has been presented at several national and international conferences. Some of his studies have already been published in international scientific journals.

ESTIMATION THEORY AND NUMERICAL METHODS. Thomas Verdebout holds a Ph.D in Statistics form the ULB, 2008. He spent 5 years (2009-2014) at the University of Lille 3 as an assistant professor (maître de conférence). He is currently professor (chargé de cours) at the Mathematics Department of the ULB. He has been a visiting researcher at the Princeton University and is currently in the editorial board of Statistics and Probability Letters. Since 2013, he is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). He received in 2011 an annual price in applied mathematics of the Académie des Sciences de Belgique and got a bonus for scientific excellence in 2012, France.