Keynote Speaker

Josef Zechner, WU Vienna University, Member of DFI Scientific Board
Josef Zechner is finance professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and Speaker of the Vienna Graduate School of Finance. Before, he was professor at the University of Vienna and at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research covers a broad set of topics in Corporate Finance, Banking, and Asset Management and is published in leading journals, including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Political Economy. He is past president of the Western Finance Association, the European Finance Association and the German Finance Association and vice president of the Society of Financial Studies. He is also a member of the Austrian Academy of Science and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Ludwig –Maximilians-Universität Munich.


Jan Bartholdy, Aarhus University and DFI

Jan Bartholdy er siden 1999 lektor på Århus Universitet med speciale i Corporate Finance og finansielle institutioner. Han har en MA i økonomi fra Dalhousie University (Canada) og en PhD fra Queen’s University (Canada) med speciale i Finansiering, Industriel Organisation og Monetær økonomi. Jan Bartholdy har tidligere undervist på Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) og University of Otago (New Zealand). Hans nuværende forskning er koncentreret omkring finansiering af Europæiske SMEs og regulering af finansielle institutioner.


Niels Johannesen, University of Copenhagen and DFI
Niels Johannesen is a professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen and a research fellow at the Danish Finance Institute. His research covers a range of topics in public finance and household finance and has been published in American Economic Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Review of Financial Studies and other journals. He received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2010.


Daniel Streitz, Copenhagen Business School and DFI
Daniel Streitz is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and a research fellow at the Danish Finance Institute. His research focuses on financial intermediation and monetary policy and has been published in Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and other journals. He received his PhD from Humboldt University of Berlin in 2015. Before joining Copenhagen Business School in 2017, Daniel worked as an economic consultant on antitrust cases.



Signe Krogstrup, Danmarks Nationalbank
Signe Krogstrup is Assistant Governor and Head of the Economics and Monetary Policy Department at Danmarks Nationalbank. Prior to joining the Nationalbank in June 2019, she was Advisor to the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, where she managed research projects on monetary policy, international capital flows and external imbalances. From June 2007 to 2015, Signe held different positions at the Swiss National Bank, notably as Assistant Director and Deputy Head of Monetary Policy Analysis. She also spent time as Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Federal Reserve Board, and has worked as an associate economist for the United Nations in Beirut. Signe holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, where she has also worked as a lecturer. She has published widely on a broad range of international finance and monetary policy issues.


Anders Damgaard, Group CFO at PFA Pension, Denmark
Anders Damgaard is Group CFO and responsible for Finance & Group Functions.
Before joining PFA on 1 December 2014, Anders Damgaard was Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at Danske Bank. Prior to his employment with Danske Bank, Anders Damgaard was Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Southern Denmark.
Anders Damgaard is Chairman of PFA Bank and sits on the Board of Directors of Danish Ship Finance, Blue Equity Management, PFA Asset Management, PFA Real Estate and PFA Kapitalforening.
Anders Damgaard holds a Master of Science in Mathematics-Economics from Aarhus University as well as a PhD in Finance.
  Lasse Heje Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School and DFI

Lasse Heje Pedersen is a finance professor at Copenhagen Business School and a principal at AQR Capital Management. He has served as Director of the American Finance Association, in the Liquidity Working Group meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to address liquidity issues, in the New York Fed’s Monetary Policy Panel, on the Economic Advisory Boards of NASDAQ and FTSE, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Finance, Journal of Economic Theory, The Review of Asset Pricing Studies, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. His academic awards include the Bernácer Prize to the best E.U. economist under 40 years of age, the Banque de France-TSE Prize, the Fama-DFA Prize, and the Michael Brennan Award. Lasse received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Copenhagen and his Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His latest book is Efficiently Inefficient: How Smart Money Invests and Market Prices Are Determined.


Moderator of panel discussion

David Bentow, Borsen business daily

David Bentow is Managing Editor at Borsen business daily, with responsibility for the papers’ financial coverage.

He has previously served as Editor for FinansWatch, an online news service covering the financial sector, as a financial reporter at Berlingske Business, bureau chief for Bloomberg News in Copenhagen and as financial reporter, US Correspondent and Financial Editor at Borsen.

Additionally, he has worked as a research assistant for professor David Lando at the Center for Financial Frictions at Copenhagen Business School, and been a consultant at asset manager BLS Capital.
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