Joshua Aizenman joined the faculty at USC in 2013, where he serves as the Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations. His research covers a range of issues in open economy including commercial and financial policies, crises in emerging markets, foreign direct investment, capital controls, and exchange rate regimes. A common thread of Joshua’s work has been applying a generalized public finance, cost benefit approach to international economics and economic development, recognizing political economy goals and constraints. Joshua also serves as a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance. Other affiliations have included teaching and research positions at UC Santa Cruz (served as a Presidential Chair of Economics), Dartmouth (served as the Champion Professor of International Economics), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Chicago GSB, and University of Pennsylvania. Consulting relationships include the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Edward I. Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, Emeritus at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is the Director of Research in Credit and Debt Markets at the NYU Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to serving in his present position, Professor Altman chaired the Stern School's MBA Program for 12 years.
Dr. Altman was named to the Max L. Heine endowed professorship at Stern in 1988 and his Emeritus status in September 2015.
Dr. Altman was born and raised in New York City and attended N.Y.C. public schools and the City College of New York, graduating with a BA degree in Economics in 1963. He then
went on to pursue a MBA and Ph.D. in Finance from UCLA’s School of Business, receiving the Doctorate in 1967, the same year he married his wife, Elaine Karalus. In 1973, their son, Gregory, was born in Paris, France, where Professor Altman was serving as a Visiting Professor of Finance at Hautes Etudes Commerciales from 1971-early 1973. Dr. Altman returned to France in 1976 and taught a Ph.D. seminar at the University of Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX). Subsequent to his French University experiences, he has been a Visiting Professor in Rio de Janeiro (PUC),
Madrid (CEMFI), Naples (Partenope), Sydney (UNSW, Macquar... more


Matteo Arpe is Founding Partner of Sator Group, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sator S.p.A.. He is Chairman of Arepo PV S.p.A., Arepo LC S.p.A. and Tinaba S.r.l.. He is also Deputy Chairman of Centro Europa Ricerche S.r.l.. Chairman of Banca Profilo S.p.A. and of Arepo BP S.p.A. from June 2009 to December 2014, he was formerly CEO of the Capitalia Group, from July 2003 to May 2007. Mr. Arpe entered the Banca di Roma Group as CEO of Mediocredito Centrale and as designated General Manager of the establishing holding company in October 2001. In 2002 he was appointed General Manager of Capitalia S.p.A., and in July 2003 he became CEO of the Capitalia Group, one of the youngest ever CEOs of a major Italian bank, maintaining the CEO position in Mediocredito Centrale until September 1, 2005. Before joining Capitalia, in 2000, Matteo Arpe worked at Lehman Brothers in London, with responsibility for the European strategic equity activity. He was also named member of Lehman Brothers’ European Investment Banking Executive Committee. Prior to this, he worked in Mediobanca’s Corporate Finance Department from 1987 to 1999, and in 1995 he assumed the coordination of Mediobanca’s equity and bond syndicate underwriting as well as M&A activity. In 1997, he was nominated Central Man... more


Enrico Biffis is Associate Professor of Actuarial Finance. His main research interests lie in the areas of insurance and risk management, with a focus on asset-liability management, valuation of insurance liabilities, and optimal design of risk transfers for catastrophe exposures and long term risks. Prior to joining Imperial College in October 2007, Enrico held positions at Bocconi University, Association of British Insurers, and Cass Business School. Enrico holds a Laurea degree in Statistics (Trieste), an MSc in Actuarial Management (Cass), and a PhD in Mathematics for Economic Decisions (Trieste).


Damiano Brigo is Chair of Mathematical Finance (MF) and Stochastic Analysis and co-Head of the MF group at Imperial College London. Damiano's previous roles include Gilbart Professor and Head of Group at King's College London, Director of the Capco Institute, Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Innovation in Fitch Ratings, Head of Credit Models in Banca IMI, Fixed Income Professor at Bocconi University in Milan, and Quantitative Analyst at Banca Intesa.
Damiano worked on quantitative analysis of counterparty risk, interest rates-, FX-, credit- and equity- derivatives, risk management and structured products, and funding costs and collateral modelling.
Damiano published 80+ works in top journals for Mathematical Finance, Systems Theory, Probability and Statistics, and books for Springer and Wiley that became field references in stochastic interest rate and credit modeling. Damiano is Managing Editor of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, he is in the board of Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems, Credit Review, Applied Mathematical Finance, and has been the most cited author in Risk Magazine in 2006, 2010 and 2012. His current interests include valuation, risk measurement, funding liquidity, counterparty risk, stochasti... more

Del Punta

Mr. Stefano Del Punta (Rome, 1960) Chief Financial Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo, appointed to the post in May 2013. Graduated in Economics at the University of Rome. Since 1988 he worked for IMI S.p.A within the Finance and Investment Division. In 1992 he was transferred to London at IMI Securities Ltd and at the end of the same year he became General Manager of IMI-CPR in Paris. In 1994 Mr. Del Punta was appointed Responsible for Risk Control and Planning at IMI Bank Luxembourg. In 1995 he became Managing Director of Mabon Securities (IMI Group) in New York. In 1997 he was appointed General Manager of Turis A.G. (IMI Group). In April 1998 he went back to the IMI headquarter in Rome as Responsible of the International Loans Department. After the merger with Sanpaolo Bank, he was appointed Head of the International Corporate and Structured Finance Division. After a short period at Banco di Napoli as Head of Planning & Control, Mr. Del Punta became Head of Group Finance of Sanpaolo IMI in April 2002. In 2007, after the merger with Banca Intesa, he became Treasurer of Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. In addition, he is also Member of the Board of Directors of MTS S.p.A, of the Board of Banca IMI S.p.A in Milan and of Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi.


Antonio Guglielmi is Managing Director Head of Mediobanca Research, EU banks strategy, Italian and French banks coverage and macro Number 1 EU banks analyst and top 20 worldwide by Bloomberg for stock picking and accuracy of recommendations 18 years experience at Salmon Smith Barney (1997-2000), Merrill Lynch (2000-2010) and Mediobanca (since 2010)


Marcello Minenna is Head of Quants at Consob, PhD Lecturer at London Graduate School of Mathematical Finance and adjunct professor of Quantitative Finance at the Bocconi University. He worked out pioneering results in the field of quantitative methods applied to the surveillance of financial markets focused on insider trading analysis, market abuse detection and risk disclosure of structured productsthrough synthetic indicators. In several public consultations these indicators have received the support of distinguished members of the international academia. For his work he has been cited as Quant Enforcer and Quant Regulator by Risk magazine. Minenna is one of the European economists that propose a radical change of ECB policy, from an inflation target to an interest rate target, in order to achieve a substantial levelling of the real interest rates among the Eurozone countries (the zero spread strategy). This would imply also the use of unconventional monetary measures, up to a partial debt monetization by the ECB. This idea had some resonance in the national press and abroad.

Elisa Scarpa

Elisa Scarpa is Head of Market Analysis, Forecasting and Structuring at Edison Trading S.P.A since 2007. Her activities concern the development of trading strategies on power, oil, gas and CO2 markets and the implementation of pricing models for structured energy products. Before joining Edison Trading, Elisa has been involved for four years in several projects at Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei in the International Energy Market Unit. She holds a degree in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and a master’s degree in Energy Finance and Trading from Politecnico of Milan. She is the author of papers on commodity finance and price forecasting.
She conjugates the activity at Edison Trading with lectures on Energy economics and Energy fondamentals at Università Statale and Politecnico in Milan.


Marti G. Subrahmanyam is the Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance and Economics in the Stern School of Business at New York University. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a post-graduate diploma in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Both institutions conferred on him their Distinguished Alumnus Award. He earned a doctorate in finance and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Subrahmanyam has published over one hundred articles in leading academic journals and several books in the areas of corporate finance, capital markets and international finance. He has served on over sixty doctoral dissertation committees and has chaired over thirty five of them. He has been a visiting professor at leading academic institutions around the world. Professor Subrahmanyam currently serves on the editorial boards of many academic journals and was the founding editor of the Review of Derivatives Research. He has won many teaching awards including New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal. He has served as a consultant to several institutions around the world. He also sits on the boards of several companies, in Asia, Europe and North America, and has ser... more

Stavros Zenios

Stavros Zenios is Professor of Finance and Management Science at University of Cyprus, Adjunct Professor with the Norwegian School of Economics and Senior Fellow at The Wharton School Financial Institutions Center. He is currently holder of a Maria Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship. He served as vice-chairman of the Cyprus Council of Economic Advisors and on the Board of the Central Bank of Cyprus. He published more than 130 articles in leading international journals in risk management, financial engineering and management science. He authored two books and edited several more. He received awards for his work on the performance of financial institutions and for his book «Parallel Optimization». He was recipient of the 2006 EURO Excellence in Practice Award for work on personal financial planning. His book with Patrick Harker on the «Performance of Financial Institutions» was translated in Chinese.