Keynote Speakers 2024

Professor Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics)

Bo Becker is a professor in the Department of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics and currently the Head of the Department of Finance. His research is on corporate finance. Recent topics include corporate credit markets, bank lending, credit ratings and restructuring. His research has been published in top academic such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. Professor Becker has been awarded several prizes and grants, including the Standard Life Prize for best paper in the ECGI Finance WP series, the Nordea Price for Best Corporate Finance Paper at the European Finance Association’s annual meeting and the Lamfalussy Research Fellowship from the European Central Bank.

Professor Becker holds a masters degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He previously worked at the University of Illinois and at Harvard Business School. He has served on the board of directors of the Swedish National Debt Office and was previously a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is a department editor of the Review of Financial Studies.

Professor Becker is member of the European Systemic Risk Board’s (ESRB) Advisory Scientific Committee. He also takes part of the Swedish Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council.

Education: PhD University of Chicago

Professor Pab Jotikasthira, PhD, CFA (Cox School of Business Southern Methodist University)

Chotibhak (Pab) Jotikasthira is a Professor of Finance at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining Cox, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jotikasthira’s research interests include financial intermediation, international finance, and fixed income, with a particular focus on trading behaviors of institutional investors and their impact on asset prices. He has written extensively on the effects of institutional frictions, including regulatory capital and accounting rules, on financial intermediaries’ investment and trading incentives, which in turn shape the overall risk and interconnectedness of asset markets.

His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Economic Policy, and Journal of International Money and Finance, and featured in practitioner-oriented journals and business press, including the Economist among others. Jotikasthira received his Ph.D. in finance from Indiana University in 2009. Prior to starting his doctoral coursework, he worked as a Portfolio and Risk Manager for the Bank of Thailand, where he managed $38 billion in foreign-exchange reserves invested in global fixed-income markets and developed quantitative models for formulating investment strategies.