Making Sense of Finance: participants

Here you can find more information about the speakers of the online conference Making Sense of Finance, of Friday 12 March 2021.

Keynote Speakers

Joanne Kellermann
Joanne Kellermann is the Chair of PFZW, the pension fund for the Care and Welfare sector and the 2nd largest pension fund in The Netherlands. Before that, she was a Board Member of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) in Brussels since its inception in 2015. From 2007 until 2014 she was an executive member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Central Bank (DNB), responsible for supervision.

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Keynote abstract
Financial crises cause great economic harm by dealing a big blow to public trust in financial institutions. Remarkably, after the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, public trust in the banks, that played a significant role in the causes leading up to the crisis, was restored relatively quickly. It came back much quicker than the public trust in pension funds. What factors can explain the difference? How can pension funds regain public trust and strengthen their license to operate? 

William Goetzmann
William N. Goetzmann is the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies and Director of the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management.  He is an expert on a diverse range of investments.  His past work includes studies of stock market predictability, hedge funds and survival biases in performance measurement.  His current research focuses on alternative investing, factor investing, behavioral finance and the art market.

Keynote abstract
Finance is a technology that moves value through time and attends to the risks of doing so.   The logic of time and value are constant.  Financial innovations over five millennia have clear contemporary parallels – from block-chain and crypto-currencies to crowdfunding and algorithmic trading.  Finance can be used for the benefit of society but it has also played a role in some of humanity’s glaring failures.

Session 1: Innovations

Jan Willem van der Kaaij
As independent Inspector General of the European Investment Bank, Jan Willem van der Kaaij is responsible for Fraud Investigations, Operations Evaluation and the external Complaints Mechanism. His previous professional experience includes Board positions at the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, Council of Europe Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation, as well as (senior) positions at the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the Netherlands Central Bank.

Nadia Matringe
Nadia Matringe is Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics. She is specialized in financial history and has studied the Lyon market in the European trade and exchange system in the 16th century. Her current research also focuses on the historical sociology of accounting and management theories and practices.

Alexia Yates
Dr. Alexia Yates is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Manchester. She is a historian of economic life, business, and cities in modern Europe, and has researched and published on the dynamics of real estate markets and retail investment in the nineteenth century. She is currently principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project ‘Rise of the Rentier: France and the Making of Financial Modernity’.

Session 2: Transparancy, Heritage and Public Spaces

Astrid Joosten
Astrid Joosten is the Chief of Products within New10, part of ABN AMRO. Before New10, Astrid fulfilled various roles within ABN AMRO, from Operations to Commerce. Within New10 Astrid is responsible for product development, user experience, data analytics, finance and risk management. As part of the New10 team, Astrid has the unique opportunity to apply her passion for change. She works with a lot of energy with all kinds of different colleagues towards a common goal: a continuously innovative proposition for SME entrepreneurs.

Joost Dankers
Joost Dankers (Utrecht University is historian and researcher of the corporate world in the twentieth century. By translating research assignments from society to historical research and by initiating research projects, he facilitates knowledge transfer and the societal impact of the Humanities. Among many others, Joost initiated and supervised research projects on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell, Heineken International, Tata Steel Netherlands and Royal Dutch Airlines KLM.

Session 3: Social Sensitivity and Trust

Charles Larkin
Charles Larkin is Director of Research at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He was previously special advisor to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Dr. Michael Harty, TD and to Senator Sean Barrett of the Irish Senate. Dr. Larkin is also an adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Public Administration (Dublin). Dr. Larkin has authored several items of Irish legislation and over 60 scholarly articles, most especially in the areas of finance, cryptocurrencies and public policy economics. 

Johan de Groot
Johan de Groot works at the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) since 2002. Since January 2016 he is responsible for the department of Strategy, Policy & International Affairs. Earlier he was head of the division for the supervision of financial products transparency, and the Pensions & AIFM division.

Jakob de Haan
Jakob de Haan is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Also he currently is the President of SUERF. Before joining SUERF, he was Scientific Director of SOM, the graduate school and research institute of the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.

Session 4: Internationalization versus National Reaction

Paul Koster
Since August 2014 Paul Koster is Managing Director at the Dutch Investors’ Association VEB. As of July 2015, he also serves as Chairman of the European Investors’ Association (European Investors). Currently, he is a representative on the global Advisory Group to the Investor and Other Stakeholders Working Group (IOSWG) of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR).

Catherine Schenk
Catherine Schenk is the Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford. She is the author of several books and many articles on international monetary and financial relations since 1945 and has been visiting researcher at the IMF, the BIS and the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. Her most recently completed research project was ‘Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations’ and her new ERC-funded project is ‘Global Correspondent Banking 1880-2000 (GloCoBank)’.

Jan Barend Jansen
Jan Barend Jansen worked at the IMF’s Legal Department as Assistant-General Counselor from 2004 till 2021, where he headed the Financial and Fiscal Law Unit of the Legal Department and lastly worked as an advisor in the department’s front office. Jansen, trained as an economist and a lawyer, has broad experience in financial sector policy issues and in financial sector legal reform work around the world. His experience ranges across the areas of central banking, deposit insurance, bank restructuring and resolution, financial stability frameworks, governance of financial institutions, and non-tax fiscal matters.

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