Professor Thorsten Beck, Co-Investigator
Thorsten Beck is Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School in London. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the CESifo. He was professor of economics from 2008 to 2014 at Tilburg University and the founding chair of the European Banking Center from 2008 to 2013. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an MA from the University of Tübingen in Germany.
Previously, Professor Beck worked in the research department of the World Bank and has also worked as consultant for – among others – the IMF, the European Commission, and the German Development Corporation. His research, academic publications and operational work have focused on two major questions: What is the relationship between finance and economic development? What policies are needed to build a sound and effective financial system? He has co-authored several policy reports on access to finance, financial systems in Africa, and cross-border banking.
His country experience, both in operational and research work, includes Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, Russia and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.