Appointment: Martin Brown Prof. Dr. Martin Brown has been Full Professor of Banking at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance since 1 February 2011. Brown obtained his doctor’s degree from the University of Zurich. Prof. Dr. Martin Brown was born on 12 August 1970. He is of Irish and Swiss nationality and lives in Zurich. After his Matura school leaving examinations, he read economics at the University of Zurich from 1991 to 1997 and obtained his licentiate’s degree with the distinction of summa cum laude. He obtained the degree of a Dr.oec. from the same university, again summa cum laude (with a thesis entitled Relational Contracts in Competitive Markets - An Experimental Analysis). From the ETH to Zurich University From 1997 to 1998, he worked as a scientist at the Institute of Economic Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), conducting empirical research into individual risk affinities. From 1999 to 2000, he worked as a scientist at the Institute of Empirical Economic Research at the University of Zurich. During that time, he did research into labour-market and organisation economics while teaching microeconomics and organisation economics and simultaneously attending the “Program for Beginning Doctoral Students” at the Study Center Gerzensee. Senior Expert in East Africa, Assistant Director of the SNB From 2000 to 2002, he was employed by Swisscontact as a Senior Expert in Microfinance in East Africa. His tasks included consultancy activities for commercial banks in Kenya and Tanzania and for village banks in Uganda. In addition, he was responsible for the acquisition, implementation and evaluation of private sector funding projects. Subsequently, Dr. Martin Brown was Programme Director at Swisscontact in Zurich until 2004; at that time, he worked as a consultant for financial sector programmes in Africa, Latin America and Asia. At the same time, he was responsible for the management of the private sector funding programme for Sri Lanka. Since 2004 until the present day, Dr. Martin Brown has been scientific advisor and Assistant Director at the Swiss National Bank. In this capacity, he leads research projects in the fields of financial intermediation and international economics. He advises the Governing Board of the National Bank with regard to these issues and represents the SNB in international bodies. Extensive list of publications Dr. Martin Brown’s extensive list of publications includes papers in outstanding academic journals such as Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Moreover, Dr. Brown acts as an independent peer reviewer for reputable international journals. Focal research points Dr. Martin Brown’s research foci are on financial intermediation, experimental economics and development economics. For the last six years, his research has centred on determinants of the development of the financial sector in emerging countries, particularly in Eastern Europe. He also uses methods of experimental economics to explore key questions of financial intermediation such as the determinant causes and effects of credit relations. Most recently, Dr. Brown has been investigating fundamental issues in the Swiss finance sector. Among other things, he has been exploring the impact of taxation on the development of property prices in the various cantons, which has enabled him to make a contribution towards the ongoing discussion about financial market stability. Since 2005 until now, Dr. Martin Brown has been a guest lecturer at the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. In 2008, he was appointed Associate Professor of Finance at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and took up this part-time post in September 2009. Additionally, Dr. Martin Brown was a member of the renowned CentER research centre and of the European Banking Center at Tilburg University.