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  Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker



Thorsten Beck is Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He was Professor of Economics from 2008 to 2014 at Tilburg University and the founding chair of the European Banking Center from 2008 to 2013. Previously he worked in the research department of the World Bank and has also worked as consultant for – among others – the European Central Bank, the BIS, the IMF, the European Commission, and the German Development Corporation.

Prof. Beck’s research, academic publications and operational work have focused on the relationship between finance and economic development, and the policies needed for an effective financial system. Recently, he has concentrated on access to financial services, including SME finance, as well as on the design of regulatory and bank resolution frameworks. In addition to numerous academic publications in leading economics and finance journals (such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics and Journal of International Economics), he has co-authored several policy reports on access to finance, financial systems in Africa and cross-border banking.  His country experience, both in operational and research work, includes Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, Russia and several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.


In addition to presentation at numerous academic conferences, including several keynote addresses, Prof. Beck is invited regularly to policy panels across Europe. He has also reached out to a broader audience through his policy columns that appear on Vox and the All About Finance blog hosted at World Bank. At present, he is (Co)-Managing Editor of Economic Policy and Co-Editor of the Review of Finance.

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