Speakers

 

Bernard Morency

Mr. Morency is Adjunct Professor at HEC Business School, Montréal where he collaborates with the Retirement and Savings Institute. He is a Senior Fellow of the CD Howe and Global Risk Institutes. He is an independent consultant specializing on strategic issues relative to governance, design and investments of retirement programs. He served as a member of the Expert committee on the future of the Québec retirement system. Mr. Morency spent nine years with La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec where he was EVP, Depositors, Strategy and COO. He sat on the Executive and the Investment-Risk Committees. He oversaw relations with the Caisse’s 40+ depositors including their strategic asset allocation.

Prior to this, Mr. Morency worked at Mercer for over 30 years. He occupied a variety of leadership roles including Global Retirement Practice Leader, EVP responsible for Mercer’s Retirement and Benefits businesses worldwide and President of Mercer Health & Benefits. Mr. Morency serves on the Board of Directors of Desjardins General Insurance Group and of the International Center for Pension Management. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a graduate of Laval University and of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

   
   
 

Casper van Ewijk

Casper van Ewijk (1953) is professor in economics at the University of Amsterdam and director of Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (www.netspar.nl). Until October 2013, he was deputy director of CPB, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Research. He has been member of several advisory committees for the Dutch government on pensions (e.g. parameter committee, UFR committee). Casper van Ewijk has published on pensions, aging and fiscal policy.

   
   

Jesper Rangvid

Jesper Rangvid is Professor of Finance and Director of the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School. Rangvid earned his master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen and his Ph.D. from Copenhagen Business School. In his research, Rangvid studies asset return determination and forecastability, financial crises, financial institutions (in particular asset managers and banks), international finance, and household finance. He was Chairman of the government-appointed committee that investigated the causes and consequences of the financial crisis in Denmark. Rangvid is a board member of The Medical Doctors’ Pension Fund and The Medical Doctors’ Pension Bank.

   
   

Joao Cocco

João Cocco is a Professor of Finance at London Business School, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a Founding Member of the CEPR Network on Household Finance. He holds an MA and a PhD degree in economics from Harvard University. João has carried out research on a wide range of topics, including household finance, banking, corporate governance, asset allocation, real estate finance, and pensions. His research has appeared in top finance and economics journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, among others. His work has also been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, including The Financial Times, The Times, Actuary, Pensions Week, among others. João is an accomplished teacher, who has won a number of teaching awards. João has held several consulting posts. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Economic Policy, of The Review of Financial Studies, and of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.

   
   

Linda Sandris Larsen

Linda Sandris Larsen is Associate Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School. She holds a master degree in mathematical economics (cand.scient.oecon) and a PhD degree in finance from University of Southern Denmark. Her main research focuses on theoretical models on households’ consumption, pension, and investment decisions, but she is also involved in several empirical projects investigating the relationship between the mortgage choice of households and the households’ other financial decisions regarding savings, investments and consumption. She is a board member at SydInvest.

   
   

Malene Kallestrup-Lamb

Malene Kallestrup-Lamb is an Associate Professor of Economics at CREATES, the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University and a PeRCent Research Fellow. She is an active researcher in the fields of time series econometrics and microeconometrics, with particular focus on mortality, longevity, ageing, pension, retirement and health. She has provided useful insight in explaining and identifying longevity trends and contributed with new types of mortality data that allows both pension funds and governments the ability to account for characteristics such as marital status, affluence, and cause of death in the estimation and forecast of mortality. She teaches the course ‘Life Insurance and Pension Economics’ and is the coordinator of Finance courses for the Economics program and the master program in Finance and International Business.

   
   

Marcel Fischer

Marcel Fischer is an Associate Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School, a Professor of Finance at the University of Konstanz, and a member of the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent). Marcel holds a PhD in Finance from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. His research interests include life-cycle portfolio decisions and retirement saving. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics or the Review of Financials studies.

   
   

Michael Burda

Michael C. Burda is a Professor of economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he teaches macroeconomics, labor economics and the economics of European integration. He has written widely in these areas. In 2017, Michael Burda and Charles Wyplosz published the 7th edition of their textbook “Macroeconomics: A European Text”, Oxford University Press, which first appeared in 1993 and has been since translated into twelve other languages.

 

Since 1993, Michael Burda has served as director of the Institute for Economic Theory II and also taught at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berkeley and INSEAD. In 1998, Burda received the Gossen Prize of the German Verein für Socialpolitik. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and a Fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA). From 2011 – 2014, he served as President (Vorsitzender) of the Verein für Socialpolitik.

 

Burda received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987. In 2014, the Faculty of Economics of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg awarded him an honorary doctorate (Dr. rer. Pol. h.c.) in recognition of his research on the economics of German reunification. He serves as scientific advisory boards of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg, the Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH), and the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). He is Program Director of the research area “Labor in the Macroeconomy” at the Institut der Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn.

   
   

Niku Määttänen

Niku Määttänen is research director at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) and adjunct professor at Aalto-university in Helsinki where he teaches macroeconomics. Määttänen received his PhD in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) in 2004. His research interests are in public finance, pensions, and housing markets. His academic articles have been published in well-recognized journals such as Journal of Economic Theory and Review of Economic Dynamics.

 

   
   

Ole Beier Sørensen

Ole Beier Sørensen has deep and broad insight in pensions, pension economics, pension management and pension policy in his own country as well as internationally. Before forming his own independent research and consultancy company Beier Research in 2018, he served as Private Pensions Expert with the OECD and he worked for many years among other as Chief of Research and Strategy with the Danish pension fund ATP. Mr. Beier has been closely involved in numerous reform efforts, and he is an acknowledged contributor to the pension debate in his own country and he has substantial international insight and experience. Mr. Beier’s analytical expertise spans social security, pension policy, private pensions and insurance, the interaction and alignment of public and private pensions, pension management, welfare and labour economics. Mr. Beier has substantial experience in reform strategy, policy communication and policy implementation.

   
   

Rikke Sejer Nielsen

Rikke Sejer Nielsen is second-year PhD in Finance at Copenhagen Business School. She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern Denmark. Her main interest of research is within the area of household finance. In her PhD she studies how the choice of mortgage affects the households’ financial investments and consumption/saving behavior over time.
   
   

Roel Beetsma

Roel Beetsma (1967) is the MN Chair of Pension Economics and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam. His other affiliations include fellowships of CEPR and CESifo. He has held visiting positions at DELTA (Paris), the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the University of California in Berkeley and the EUI Florence. He has been a consultant for the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission. Further, he is a member of the European Fiscal Board, the Supervisory Board of the pension fund of the Dutch retail sector and the Supervisory Board of a.s.r. Vermogensbeheer. He was a member of a government commission on second-pillar pensions.

 

   
   
 

Svend E. Hougaard Jensen

Svend E. Hougaard Jensen is Professor of Economics and Director of the Pension Research Centre (PeRCent) at Copenhagen Business School. He is chairman of Bruegel’s Scientific Council, and he is a member of the Systemic Risk Council. He holds an MSc (Econ) degree (University of Aarhus, DK), an MA (Econ) degree (University of Manchester, UK) and a Ph.D. (Econ) degree (London Business School, UK).  His research has focused on monetary unification and fiscal policy in Europe, generational and macroeconomic effects of changing demographics, pensions and social security, structural reforms and macroeconomic policy more generally. He has published widely on these issues in scholarly journals and books. Jensen has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, and other government agencies.

   
   

Søren Leth-Petersen

Søren Leth-Petersen is Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen where he does research on consumption, savings, and household finance, and in particular how savings behavior is related to house buying, the choice of mortgage, the development of house prices, and expectations to income. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

 

 

   
   
  Torben Möger Pedersen

Torben Möger Pedersen (b. 1955), CEO, PensionDanmark. PensionDanmark offers defined contribution pension, insurance and health care products on the basis of collective agreements covering more than 710,000 individuals employed in 26,400 companies within the private and public sector. Pension­Danmark has made direct investments in energy infrastructure, and assets under management were at EUR 31bn as of 2017.

Mr. Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships incl. Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund I &  II, the Danish Climate Investment Fund, the Danish Agribusiness Fund, Danish Society for Education and Business (DSEB), SDG Accelerator Advisory Board, Center for Pension Research (PeRCent) at CBS, the Private Sector Advisory Group of UN’s Green Climate Fund and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future of Investments and the Forum’s Investor Governors Steering Committee. 

Torben Möger Pedersen holds a M.Sc. Economics from University of Copenhagen and is adjunct professor at CBS.

   
   

Ulrik Nødgaard

Ulrik Nødgaard has been Chief Executive Officer at Finance Denmark since 2015. From 2009 to 2015, he was Chief Executive Officer at the Danish FSA, from and before that Finance Director at the Danish Ministry of Economics and Business Affairs from 2005 – 2009. Ulrik holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Aarhus 1996 and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Warwick 1995.

 

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