Keynote Speaker


François Degeorge, Managing director of Swiss Finance Institute

Prof. François Degeorge holds a Senior Chair from the Swiss Finance Institute, of which he is also the Managing Director. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Economics at USI (Lugano) and a former President of the European Finance Association. His research in finance has been published in leading academic journals. Before teaching at USI he has taught at HEC Paris, where he also served as Associate Dean for Research. He has been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), at Université Paris-Dauphine, and at the Saïd Business School (Oxford). He holds a "grande école" degree from HEC Paris and a PhD from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and an Arthur Sachs Scholar.


He has received the following awards: 2016 Past President Award, European Finance Association; 2014 WRDS Outstanding Empirical Paper Award at the Southern Finance Association; FMA Best Paper in Corporate Finance (2013), EFMA Best Paper Award (2013), AFFI Best Paper Award (2012), Banque Privée Espirito Santo/Swiss Finance Institute Research Prize (2009), Credit Suisse Teaching Award (2005-2006), SWX Best Paper Award (2006), Merton Miller Prize (2000); Inquire Europe First Prize (1998 and 2003); the HEC Foundation Prize in 1994; and in 1993 he was nominated for the Smith Breeden Prize. 






Morten Bennedsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen and DFI

Morten Bennedsen is Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise at INSEAD. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University. He is an expert on ownermanaged and family business. He has published 1 book, 27 articles in top economics and finance journals, 200 global cases, reports and media articles on 6 continents and writes regular columns in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. He served as an advisor to the Danish and UK Government, EU, private equity funds and the World Bank. He gives talks and consults with families in Europe and Asia



Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University and DFI

Anil Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University and a research fellow at the Danish Finance Institute. He teaches Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance & Investments in Masters FIN and FIB programs. His main areas of research are Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance. He is currently studying how frictions in the real estate markets affect the decisions of investors and managers as well as the role of (re)development option in the analysis of real estate development projects. Anil earned his PhD in Business Administration (Finance and Real Estate) and a Master of Research in Management (MRM) from the IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. He holds Master of Science (Hons.) in Chemistry and Master of Science (Tech.) in Finance both from the BITS-Pilani, India. He has been a visiting researcher at the MIT, Center for Real Estate, USA. Prior to his academic career, Anil worked for the JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Kasper Meisner Nielsen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School and DFI

Kasper Meisner Nielsen is Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and Research Fellow at the Danish Finance Institute (DFI). Professor Nielsen's past positions include Associate Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Assistant Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Academic Director of the HKUST-NYU Stern Master of Global Finance. He received a B.Sc., a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Nielsen's research interest is applied microeconometrics in the areas of corporate finance and household finance. He has studied the consequence of family succession on firm performance, the value of independent directors, and why individuals shy away from stocks.
His work has been published in academic journals including The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Review of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance. His research has been awarded with external financing from competitive research grants on several occasions.





Jeppe Juul Borre, Chief Economist, Arbejdernes Landsbank

Jeppe Juul Borre is Chief Economist in Arbejdernes Landsbank and Head of Economic Secretariat. Jeppe and his teams’ main responsibilities are to closely watch the Danish as well as global economy and financial markets and from there define the banks opinions to specific subjects, such as the housing market, interest rates and the overall economy, and comment it internally and externally. Jeppe has been in Arbejdernes Landsbank for only two months. Before that he worked at Denmarks largest mortgage bank Totalkredit as a Chief Analyst, where his main area was mortgage loans and responsible defining and commenting the banks overall opinion about mortgages. Previously he worked at the Association of Danish Mortgage Banks. Jeppe holds a master’s degree in economics and has been teaching for several years, first at the university of Copenhagen and afterwards at Danish Property Federation.


Claus Harder, Global Head of Wealth Management Banking, Danske Bank

Claus Harder is responsible for Wealth Management Banking in Danske Bank, an area which has resonsibility for the  advise given to retail  customers across their full personal finances. The aim is giving them financial confidence across their savings, investments and retirement planning. Wealth Management Banking operates across Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Claus holds a Master of Science in Economics and has 18 years of international experience from the financial sector. He has previously worked in UBS Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Danske Bank Corporates & Institutions and as CFO in Danica Pension.



Marlene Nørgaard Carolus, CEO, mybanker

Marlene Nørgaard Carolus is the CEO of the fintech company Mybanker A/S, which is a company that among others assists Danes who wish to change banks. Marlene has 33 years of experience from the financial sector from both Denmark and abroad. Among other positions, she has been the Global Head of Private Wealth Management in Danske Bank for seven years. Before that she worked for Nordea, LD, ABN Amro Alfred Berg, and HSH Nordbank. Marlene holds an Executive MBA and a Board Masterclass from Copenhagen Business School as well as the Board Executive education from Harvard University.  In addition to her position in Mybanker, Marlene is also an active board member in several different board of directors.

Carsten Tanggaard, Aarhus University

Carsten Tanggaard is a professor of Finance at Aarhus University. Years back he was a co-founder of FINTECH company Scanrate Financial Systems. His teaching and research interests relate to markets in financial instruments, aspects of personal finance, and occasionally some financial econometrics. In 2009 he became the chairman of the Money- and Pension Panel, under the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, a position he has held until today. In 2014-15 he was a member of the Danish government’s commission on reform of the pension system.




Moderator of panel discussion




Anne Louise Houmann, financial reporter at FinansWatch

Anne Louise Houmann graduated as a journalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus in 2002. During Anne’s last year of the education, she participated in the program ‘Europe in the World’ which has specific emphasis on economy, politics and the EU. Anne’s first job was with the news agency  Reuters, where she was covering Danish government bonds, Danish mortgage bonds and Danish economy. Following this, she took up a position at Berlingske with pension as the primary field, and from 2007-2014 she was a journalist at the Danish newspaper Børsen, where she worked as a financial reporter and news editor. In 2015, Anne was employed with Danske Capital, until she joined FinansWatch in January 2016. At FinansWatch she covers pension, asset management and mortgage banks.


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