My Academic Journey

My academic journey began at the end of my law studies on the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain. I was assistant to the late Professor Paul Rousseau, who taught political economics including the international monetary system, emerging markets and financial institutions. Ultimately, these areas (more specifically U.S. pension funds), became the focus of my thesis for my Bachelor in Economics under the sponsorship of the late Professor Alexandre Lamfalussy.

While at Morgan Stanley, I taught a class on international capital markets at the College of Europe in Bruges. At Harvard Law School, I was welcomed by Professor Hall as part of the Program of International Financial Systems as a special adviser. This marked the beginning of the changes in US regulation on financial institutions and was a fascinating time.

In 2011, under the sponsorship of Professor John Coffee, I began teaching at Columbia Law School, as Lecturer in Law, European Banking and Finance. The program includes a combination of foreign lawyers receiving Law Master Degrees and domestic lawyers receiving a Juris Doctor degree. Every year, I have the privilege of working with a fascinating group of talented students from all over the world who are looking to understand how European regulation is unfolding and the forces shaping international finance. Additionally, I have also recently begun co-teaching a Central Banking class in the form of a reading group alongside Professor Kate Judge.

In 2017, I began teaching as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. I serve on the advisory board of the Emerging Market Institute of Cornell University and am a member of the Board of Directors of Polyfinances – an initiative of Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada.

L8138 S. International Banking and Finance: The Challenges

Section 001, Spring 2020

The class targets students with an interest in financial regulation and does not require in-depth familiarity with financial vocabulary and concepts of financial regulation. The purpose of this class is to improve this understanding and provide students with more background to discuss recent issues in financial regulation.

L9518 Reading Group on Brexit

Section 001, Spring 2019

On March 29, 2019, the United Kingdom will cease to be a Member State of the European Union. Such a separation is a unique experience for the EU, but also internationally. The evolvement of Brexit raises fundamental legal and regulatory questions that will change the future course of both the UK and the EU. At the time of writing, the process is developing, with both sides weighing their options in the negotiations, also in anticipation of the upcoming EU Summit in the last days of June.

Georges is a member of Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute Advisory Group.

Founded in 2010, Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management provides thought leadership on the role of emerging markets—and emerging market multinationals—in the global economy. The Institute brings together preeminent practitioners and academics from around the world to develop the next generation of global business leaders and create the premier research center on the role of emerging markets in the global economy.

Georges is on the Board of Directors at PolyFinances.

Since its creation in 2011, PolyFinances has helped to train a new generation of engineers. Highly qualified technically, the 17 members of the committee will also be able to understand the financial stakes of a project as well as to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a technological company taking into account its economic and commercial environment.