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The Swiss Finance Institute PhD program in finance is a centrally coordinated program operating on multiple campuses. It builds on and strengthens the existing programs offered by the Swiss Finance Institute's partner universities based in Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich.

Léman Campus

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Swiss Finance Institute local PhD representatives at the Léman Center:

Professor of Finance
Pierre Collin-Dufresne is Professor of Finance at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and has been an SFI Senior Chair since 2011. Prior to his appointments in Switzerland, Prof. Collin-Dufresne held a chair in Business at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He spent four years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was in charge of fixed income and credit trading strategies. He currently sits on the academic advisory boards of both Lombard Odier and Kepos Capital (a US asset management firm). He also provides expert advice for Cornerstone Research and serves on the editorial boards of various academic journals.
Professor of Finance
Norman Schürhoff is Professor of Finance at the University of Lausanne. He joined SFI in 2006 and has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2010. He obtained his PhD in Financial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Schürhoff’s work has been published in the top academic journals in finance.
Professor of Statistics

Fabio Trojani is Professor of Statistics at the Università della Svizzera italiana and has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2014. He graduated with a PhD in Economics and Finance from the University of Zurich. Prof. Trojani is a regular speaker at leading academic conferences in finance and econometrics.


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Lugano Campus

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For details of the courses please refer to the University of Lugano’s website: http://www.istfin.eco.usi.ch/dottorato.htm

Swiss Finance Institute local PhD representatives at the Lugano Center:

Professor of Finance

Francesco Franzoni is Professor of Finance at the Università della Svizzera italiana. He joined SFI in 2007 and has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2012. Prof. Franzoni obtained his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Franzoni’s research has been published in the top finance journals worldwide and featured in the international press. He is a regular speaker at leading academic conferences in finance.


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Zurich Campus

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  • Empirical Corporate Finance: Prof. Per Östberg
  • Mathematical Finance: Mathematical Finance and Derivatives: Prof. Marc Chesney
  • Microeconomics for Research Students Part I: Dr. Andreas Hefti

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Swiss Finance Institute local PhD representatives at the Zurich Center:

Professor of Banking

Steven Ongena is Professor of Banking at the University of Zurich and has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2013. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a PhD in Economics. Prof. Ongena’s papers have been published in leading academic journals in finance and economics. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a Fordham-RPI-NYU Rising Star in Finance Award in 2012.


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