Keynote Speakers

Prof. Alexander Carol

  • Professor of Finance, University of Sussex
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Portfolio Management
  • Co-Editor of Journal of Banking and Finance, Elsevier
  • Advisory Editor, Journal of Commodity Markets, Elsevier
  • Steering Committee Member, Centre for Financial Industries, Fields Institute
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Fintech and AI in Finance, European Cooperation in Science and technology (COST) Action

Professional Profile

Carol Alexander is Professor of Finance at Sussex University Business School, Visiting Professor at Peking University HSBC Business School and Co-Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. Her current research focusses on practical and regulatory issues with cryptocurrency derivatives markets, such as information flows to and from unregulated exchanges, their novel market mechanisms such as auto deleveraging, and the design of tradable indexes. With Douglas Cumming (Florida University) she edited the book ‘Corruption and Fraud in Financial Markets: Malpractice, Misconduct and Manipulation (Wiley, 2020). 

She also publishes widely on a broad range of other topics in quantitative finance, including risk management, asset pricing, benchmarking and indexing. She is sole author of the best-selling 4-volume text ‘Market Risk Analysis’ (Wiley, 2008). She holds two patents (with NYSE) for pricing and hedging active ETFs. From 2010 – 2012 Carol was Chair of the Board of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association. She holds degrees from the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics and she has held several positions in financial institutions: Fixed Income Trader at UBS/Phillips and Drew (UK); Academic Director of Algorithmics (Canada); Director of Nikko Global Holdings and Head of Market Risk Modeling (UK); Risk Research Advisor, SAS (USA). Recently, she designed and implemented the first live-streamed bitcoin implied volatility index (for CryptoCompare, the cryptocurrency data provider).

Prof. Guido Friebel

  • Professor for Human Resource Management, Goethe University, Germany

  • Vice President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Sciences Po, Paris

Professional Profile

Prof. Guido Friebel research is on human resources, organizational and personnel economics. I carry out randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with and within firms and analyze observational career and promotion data. He also does applied theory on careers and talent management. His second main field of interest is how institutions shape the accumulation and allocation of human capital, focusing on problems of families, gender, and migration.

Prof. Guido Friebel is a fellow at CEPR, IZA, and a VP of SIOE, a founding member of the Organizational Economics Committee of the German Economic Association (VfS), a member of the Women in Economics Committee of the European Economic Association, the Scientific Advisory Board of Sciences Po, and of ConTrust at Goethe University. He is also Scientific Director of CLBO.

Before joining Goethe, Guido Friebel held positions at the Toulouse School of Economics and EHESS, and at SITE, Stockholm School of Economics.

Prof. Andreas Stoffers

  • Country Director Vietnam

  • Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom

Professional Profile

Prof. Dr. Andreas Stoffers studied political science and economics with a focus on International Relations and completed his PhD on German – Thai relations. Andreas has many years of practical management experience in the areas of sales organization, sales management, leadership of strategic projects and business development in Southeast Asia. As a long-time member of Deutsche Bank AG Vietnam Executive Board, he was responsible for successful market intelligence and opening up of new markets. Since 2014, Andreas is Professor of International Management at the International University / SDI Munich. Moreover, he is Visiting Professor at University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia at Vietnamese-German University VGU in Binh Duong and at University of Economics and Business UEB/VNU Hanoi. In December 2019, Andreas became director of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation Vietnam FNF in Hanoi.

Prof. Vu Minh Khuong

  • Dr. Khuong Vu is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore).

  • His research and teaching concentrates on economic growth, productivity analysis, and impacts of the digital revolution on economic transformation and development. Prof. Vu has published extensively in leading international journals and he currently serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Telecommunications Policy.

Professor Vu received the LKYSPP Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and 2011 and the LKYSPP Research Excellence Award in 2021. He is one of the four LKYSPP faculty recognized among the Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide in 2020 (


Before transitioning into academia, Dr. Vu had held various government positions in Vietnam, including Deputy Chief of Haiphong City’s Government Office, Vice-Chairman of Dinh Vu Economic Zone, and CEO of State-owned Song Cam Chemical Company.

Dr. Vu has provided extensive consulting and advisory services to international organizations and government agencies, including UNIDO, UNDP, IMF, World Bank, IFC, ILO, APO, USAID, KPMG, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Infocomm and Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the Financial and Budgetary Committee of Vietnam’s National Assembly, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam.

Dr. Vu is a member of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Economic Advisory Team. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of Facebook’s “We Think Digital” Initiative and a member of the Advisory Council of the Chandler Institute of Governance (Singapore).

Dr. Vu received his BA in Mathematics (with highest honours) from Hanoi National University, MBA from Harvard Business School, and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.