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New VUB chair in collaboration with six major insurance companies

Social anthropologist Paul Jorion first VUB chair holder Stewardship of Finance

Talking about the new VUB chair 'Stewardship of Finance', VUB Rector Paul De Knop says it is crucial that the financial sector is examined from an ethical perspective. ‘The current financial crisis has shown that a moral reflection is most certainly necessary.’ 

For a term of 5 years at the least
The chair starts on Thursday 4 October 2012 and will run run for five years. Doctorandi will examine the theme of ethical financial services from the perspective of various scientific disciplines including economics, law, philosophy, mathematics and actuarial science. The research has to give rise to new insights about the ethics and morals of financial activities, more specifically of insurance and financial management.

Research and education
The chair is founded on two pillars: research and education. Students from various disciplines will learn to think about the stewardship of finance during a series of lectures; knowledge which they will be able to subsequently implement once they start working in the financial sector themselves. ULB professors will also participate in the project and will encourage their students to attend.

Social anthropologist Paul Jorion first chair holder
The chair has called on the services of Paul Jorion for the lectures. A renowned social anthropologist, Jorion has worked in the European and American financial industry for several years. He writes columns, among others, for the economic supplement of the authoritative newspaper, Le Monde. During the academic year 2012-2013 he will give 60 hours of guest lectures. On Thursday 4 October 2012 at 3 p.m. Paul Jorion will give his inaugural lecture for the chair. This lecture will take place on campus Etterbeek of Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Aula Q.

Chairman
The chairman of this chair is Professor of economic and financial law, Michel Flamée, who also serves as a special representative for insurance supervision and is an auditor with the National Bank of Belgium. Professor Koen Byttebier of the Faculty of Law and Criminology will be in charge of coordinating with the partners and faculties involved. The project will also benefit from an active contribution by ULB.

Insurance companies
The six insurance companies which have agreed to support the chair are AG Insurance, Allianz, Baloise Insurance, Belfius Insurance, Ethias and P&V Groep

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About the chair

‘Stewardship of Finance’ is sponsored by six major insurance companies and will focus on research as well as on education. Behind its foundation lies the believe that the current financial crisis has shown that a moral reflection is most certainly necessary.

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Videos about the chair

All lectures and panel discussions wil be filmed and put online.

Holder of the chair

Koen ByttebierThe chairman of this chair is Professor Koen Byttebier of the Faculty of Law and Criminology.

Professor dr. Régine Feltkamp and Tom Wera will be in charge of coordinating with the partners and faculties involved. The project will also benefit from an active contribution by ULB.

Insurance companies

The six insurance companies which have agreed to support the chair are AG InsuranceAllianzBaloise Insurance,Belfius InsuranceEthias and P&V Groep.

AG InsuranceAllianzBaloise Insurance

Belfius InsuranceEthiasGroup P&V