The academic journey of a practitioner

My academic journey started at the end of my law studies at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain. I was assistant to the late Professor Paul Rousseau, who taught political economics. Topics included the international monetary system, emerging markets and financial institutions. Eventually, these same topics, more specifically U.S. pension funds, became the focus of my thesis for the granting of Bachelor in Economics under the sponsorship of the late Professor Alexandre Lamfalussy.

 

During my time at Morgan Stanley, I taught international capital markets at the College of Europe in Bruges. The college specializes in European topics and had students from all over Europe and even the United States.

 

At Harvard Law School, I was welcomed by Professor Hall who was running the Program of International Financial Systems as a special advisor. It was the beginning of the changes in US regulation on financial institutions and a fascinating time to be associated with HLS.

 

Since 2011, under the sponsorship of Professor John Coffee, I started teaching at Columbia Law School, as Lecturer in Law, European Banking and Finance. It has a combination of foreign lawyers who are getting a Law Master Degree and domestic lawyers getting a Juris Doctor degree. A fascinating group of 18 talented students from all over the world who are looking at understanding not just how the European regulation is unfolding but also the forces that are shaping international finance.

This year, professor Kate Judge and I are starting a class in the form of a reading group on Central Banking.

A dream has become true.

As part of this undertaking, I joined the advisory board of the Emerging Market Institute of Cornell University. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Polyfinances an initiative of Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada.