FRE Goes Global

Under the direction of Charles Tapiero, the Department of Finance and Risk Engineering has been steadily expanding its global reach, nurturing a network of connections with such institutions as the University of Paris 1 / Panthéon-Sorbonne, Korea’s Ajou University, and the Institut des Hautes Études de Management (HEM) in Morocco.

That international scope is readily apparent in the line-up of speakers taking part in the 2013- 14 Topfer Chair Lectures, a series of talks inaugurated by Tapiero in 2006 that has drawn luminaries from the worlds of business, finance, and academia.

Among this year’s speakers have been Oren Tapiero of the University of Paris 1, who spoke about dark pool and high frequency trading; Bouchra Rahmouni Benhida of Morocco’s ESCA Ecole de Management, whose topic was financial geo- politics and globalization; and Eckhard Platen, of Sydney’s University of Technology, whose talk was titled “The Benchmark Approach to Finance.”

The caliber of those offerings is contributing greatly to NYU’s status as a Global Network University and raising the NYU Poly- technic School of Engineering's profile among economists and academicians. Members of the department are finding them- selves much in demand around the world: Professor Tapiero recently delivered the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of African Business Schools, for example, while Professor Agnes Tourin spoke at the Third International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society, in Paris.

Tapiero plans to continue expanding his department’s reach and focus. “Past achievements are merely augmenting our future challenges,” he has said. “The last decades have seeded a future transformation of finance. However, it requires accelerating financial innovation.... In our technological and financial perspective, we remain, as engineers, a work in progress.”