Thursday 29 Mar. 2012

Unige - Debate series: The Impact of Emotions on Globalized Financial Risks


This debate explores how the perception, awareness, and appetite for risk-taking influences our decisions, and how we could better manage and mitigate its impact.
The following key questions will be addressed in the debate:

  • Have financial risks increased or has our perception/ awareness of these risks become magnified over the recent decades?
  • What is the role of emotions in financial markets and in financial risks assessment?
  • How can we manage and mitigate both objective and subjective dimensions in financial risks?


  • Prof. Rajna Gibson, Professor of Finance at the University of Geneva since September 2008. She also holds a Swiss Finance Institute Chair, Managing Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute of the University of Geneva and the head of research at the Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Prof. Klaus Scherer, Professor Emeritus at the University of Geneva and Director of the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives as well as the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.
  • Prof. Brian Knutson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Stanford University and Director of the Symbiotic Project on Affective Neuroscience.
  • Mr. Kurt Karl, Managing Director and Head of Swiss Reʼs Economic Research and Consulting.

Moderator: Ms. Chiemi Hayashi, responsible for the Global Risks Report, subject-specific projects such as Risk and Responsibility in a Hyper-connected World, Supply Chain and Transport Risk.

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Registration by email : (Indicate Name, Affiliation, due to limited capacity please confirm before 24th March 2012)

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Unige - University of Geneva
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