|Who’s who||Who's who|
Thursday September 29,2011,
Thorsten Hens is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Zurich, a Fellow of CEPR and Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. He studied at Bonn and Paris and held professorships in Stanford, Bielefeld and Zurich. Since 2007 he is the Head of the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich and since 2003 the scientific coordinator of NCCR-Finrisk. His research areas are behavioural and evolutionary finance. Thorsten Hens is ranked among the top 10 economics professors in the German spoken area (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). In researching how investors make their decisions, Professor Hens draws on work in psychology and applies insights from biology in order to understand the dynamics of financial markets. His consulting experience includes application of behavioural finance for private banking and evolutionary finance for asset management. He is in the advisory board of banks like LGT, top value investors like Sparinvest and Value Intelligence Advisors and large pension funds like the city of Zurich pension fund and Vita from Zurich Financial Services.
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