Speakers

 

 

Torben M. Andersen, Aarhus University
Torben M. Andersen is professor in economics at the department of economics and business, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He holds an MSc (London School of Economics, UK) and a PhD (CORE, Belgium). He is research fellow at: CEPR (London), CESifo (Munich), IZA (Bonn) and IfW (Kiel). He has been the editor of Scandinavian Journal of Economics, and is on several editorial boards and review committees. His research mainly deals with labour market and public policy issues. He has published widely in international journals and books on stabilization policy, labour economics, public economics and the economics of the Nordic welfare state. He has also been active in policy advice and has among other things served as chairman of the Danish Economic Council and the Danish Welfare Commission. He has been involved in policy advice for the European Commission and governments in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada and Greenland.

 

David Blake, Cass Business School
Professor David Blake is Director of the Pensions Institute at Cass Business School, City University of London, and chairman of Square Mile Consultants, a training and research consultancy. He is also: co-designer of the PensionMetrics life-cycle financial planning software; co-author of the A2Risk attitude to risk questionnaire; co-inventor of the Cairns-Blake-Dowd stochastic mortality model; and co-founder with JPMorgan of the LifeMetrics Indices. In 2014, he was appointed Chair of the Independent Review of Retirement Income. Its report ‘We Need a National Narrative: Building a Consensus around Retirement Income’ was published in March 2016 (pensions-institute.org/IRRIReport.pdf). He won the 2016 Robert I. Mehr Award for ‘A Two-Factor Model for Stochastic Mortality with Parameter Uncertainty: Theory and Calibration’ (with Andrew J. G. Cairns and Kevin Dowd) published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the journal of the American Risk and Insurance Association. This Award is presented each year for the paper published in the JRI ten years before that has best stood the test of time.  He has a PhD from LSE.

 

 

 

Andrew J.G. Cairns, Heriot-Watt University
Andrew Cairns is Professor of Financial Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Director of the Actuarial Research Centre of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He is well known both in the UK and internationally for his research in financial risk management for pension plans and life insurers. In recent years, his research has focused on the modelling of longevity risk: how this can be modelled, measured and priced, and how it can be transferred to the financial markets. Amongst his work in this field, he has developed a number of new and innovative stochastic mortality models. He is an active member of the UK and international actuarial profession: he qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1993; from 1996 to 2017 he was editor of the leading international actuarial journal ASTIN Bulletin - The Journal of the International Actuarial Association and editor-in-chief for the last 10 of these years; and in 2005 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Swiss Association of Actuaries.
His research has received several international prizes including the Halmstad Prize in 2008, the Society of Actuaries Annual Prize in 2009 and the Robert I. Mehr Award in 2016. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's national academy of science and letters.

 

 

 

Søren Jarner, ATP
Søren Fiig Jarner is Vice President for Pensions at the Danish pension fund ATP and affiliated professor in Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Copenhagen. He has played a central role in the strategic development of ATP over the last fifteen years. In particular, he has contributed within the areas of annuity design, indexation policies, longevity modelling, risk management, and asset‐liability management (ALM). Much of the work is internationally acclaimed and published in academic and industrial journals. He has kept strong ties with academia and has supervised two industrial PhD-students while at ATP. He is also a regular presenter at conferences and lecturer in courses for actuarial students at the University of Copenhagen. A statistician by training, he holds a PhD in Applied Probability from Lancaster University, England.

 

 

 

Svend E. Hougaard Jensen, Copenhagen Business School
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.

 

 

 

David Laibson, Harvard University
David Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and an incoming Faculty Dean of Lowell House. He leads Harvard Universityʼs Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative. His research focuses on the topic of behavioral economics, with emphasis on household finance, macroeconomics, aging, and intertemporal choice.  He is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he directs the National Institute of Aging Roybal Center for Behavior Change in Health and Savings, and is a Research Associate in the Aging, Asset Pricing, and Economic Fluctuations Working Groups.  He serves on the Board of the Russell Sage Foundation and on Harvardʼs Pension Investment Committee. He serves on the advisory board of the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium.  He has served as the Chair of the Department of Economics at Harvard University and as member of the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He is a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship.  He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a two-time recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security. He holds degrees from Harvard University (AB Economics, summa cum laude), the London School of Economic (MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Economics).  He received his PhD in 1994 and has taught at Harvard since then. In recognition of his teaching, he has been awarded Harvardʼs ΦΒΚ Prize and a Harvard College Professorship.

 

 

 

Allan Lyngsø Madsen, Danish Trade Union Confederation
Allan Lyngsø Madsen is Chief Economist and Head of Department at the Danish Trade Union Confederation, FH. He is a member of the Tripartite Statistics Committee and serves on the board at the Danish Economic Society. His career started in the Economic Council which primary objective is to provide independent analysis and policy advice to Danish policy makers. His great interest in providing economic counselling to policy-makers have served as a guiding star throughout his career. Before being appointed Chief Economist at FH, he held various positions at The Danish Metalworkers’ Union, Dansk Metal. Here, he served as the Head of Department for Labour Market Policy, actively advising policy-makers based on research within labour economics. He later became the Chief Economist at Dansk Metal, a position he held for four years before joining FH in 2015. He obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from Aarhus University.

 

 

 

Katja Mann, Copenhagen Business School
Katja Mann is an Assistant Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics. In her work, she studies the macroeconomic effects of long-run demographic and technological developments. In particular, she is working on the effect of demographic aging and pension reforms on life-cycle savings and international portfolio choice. Apart from that, she is interested in how advances in automation technology affect the industrial structure and employment. She holds a PhD from the University of Bonn. During her PhD studies, she spent several months as a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and at the International Monetary Fund.

 

 

  Claus Munk, Copenhagen Business School
Claus Munk is a Professor of Finance at the Copenhagen Business School since 2012 and is also affiliated with PeRCent and the Danish Finance Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Mathematics and Economics. He conducts research on a variety of topics, such as household finance, asset pricing theory, executive compensation, and 

computational economics. He has published two PhD-level textbooks at Oxford University Press and numerous papers in leading journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, Management Science, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Economic Theory. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and a frequent reviewer for top journals and conferences. At the Copenhagen Business School, he teaches Investments and Advanced Asset Pricing, and he is the academic coordinator of the MSc programme in Finance and Investments.

 

 

 

Steen Nielsen, Confederation of Danish Industry
Steen Nielsen is Director of Wage Statistics and Labour Market Policy at the Confederation of Danish Industry. He is member of the board of Statistics Denmark and Industriens Pension and member of the Danish Employment Council. He holds an MSc (Econ) degree from University of Aarhus and a Ph.D. (Econ) degree from Copenhagen Business School. He formerly worked at the Danish Welfare Commission and the Danish Ministry of Finance.

 

 

 

 

 

Per Bremer Rasmussen, Insurance & Pension Denmark
Per Bremer Rasmussen is Chief Executive Officer in the Danish Insurance Association, the trade association of non-life and life insurance companies and multi-employer pension funds in Denmark. He has held this position since 2005. Before that, he was Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs. He has also held positions with Ministry for Economic Affairs, Danish Ministry of Finance, Statistics Denmark, and Den Danske Bank. He has also been research fellow in Department of Economics at University of Copenhagen. He holds a M.Sc. (Economics) from University of Copenhagen and has been studying and doing research at the Department of Economics and Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at University of Pennsylvania. He is Member of Strategic Board and Executive Committee in Insurance Europe, Member of Advisory Board – PeRCent and Member of Board at Concito.

 

 

 

Mogens Steffensen, University of Copenhagen
Mogens Steffensen is professor of life insurance mathematics at the University of Copenhagen. He has contributed to the development of market-based valuation methods in insurance. His research also covers various decision making problems within insurance and finance, and he is recently mainly interested in integrating insurance and pension decisions into classical consumption-investment problems. He participates actively in industrial discussions about accounting, solvency, and risk management and he has taken part in several research projects together with industrial partners. He is a member of the Accounting Committee under the Danish Actuarial Association and a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of PFA Pension.

 

 

 

Michael Svarer, Aarhus University and Danish Economic Councils
Michael Svarer is Professor at the School of Economics and Management at the University of Aarhus and is a core member of Centre for Applied Microeconometrics at University of Copenhagen and research fellow at IZA, Bonn. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Aarhus in 2001. Among others, he has published in Journal of Labor Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Economics Letters and Labour Economics. His current research interests includes; labour economics, economics of the family, and health economics. He is currently member of the chairmanship of the Danish Economic Council and former member of the Labour Market Commission both appointed by the Danish Government.

 

 

 

James Vaupel, University of Southern Denmark
James W. Vaupel is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the University of Southern Denmark. He has helped to expand the field of demography by taking a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates both human and non-human biology, epidemiology, mathematics, economics, genetics, population forecasting, and public policy. He received a B.A. with highest honors in mathematical statistics and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He was Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, where he worked from 1996 through 2017. He has been granted honorary doctorates from Newcastle University (in civil law) and Lund University (in economics). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Population Europe. According to Google Scholar (25 April 2019), his work has been cited 37,254 times. His three most cited articles, Ageing Populations: The Challenges Ahead, Broken Limits to Life Expectancy and The Impact of Heterogeneity in Individual Frailty on the Dynamics of Mortality, have each been cited more than 2000 times.

 

 

 

Roine Vestman, Stockholm University
Roine Vestman holds Ph.D. degree in Economics from New York University, USA. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at Stockholm University and a visiting research fellow at the Swedish House of Finance. His research interests include pensions, household decisions, and macroeconomics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ward Romp, University of Amsterdam and Netspar
Ward Romp (1976) is currently associate professor at the Amsterdam School of Economics of the University of Amsterdam and research fellow of Netspar. His current research focuses on pension reforms and the macroeconomics of pension fund policy and regulation. He published on ageing, pensions and risk sharing in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, the European Economic Review, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

 

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