Short CV/Education and training


  • 1979
    Baccalauréat Type C, Collège du Léman, Versoix, Switzerland

  • 1982
    Licence in Commercial and Industrial Sciences (Business Administration),University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1987
    PhD, summa cum laude, Economic and Social Sciences (Specialization in Finance), University of Geneva, Switzerland

Academic Experience

  • 1982 – 1987
    PhD student and Assistant in Finance, Department of Commercial and Industrial Sciences, University of Geneva, Doctoral thesis, "Un Modèle d’Evaluation en Univers Incertain des Obligations Assorties d’une Clause de Remboursement Anticipé: Le Cas des Titres Emis par la Confédération Helvétique"

  • 1984 – 1986
    Teaching Assistant, Center of Monetary and Banking Studies, Geneva

  • 1987 – 1990
    Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA and Visiting Scholar, NYU Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, researched the pricing of real options and oil contingent claims (with Professor Eduardo Schwartz at UCLA)

  • 1990 – 1991
    Assistant Professor of Finance, Groupe HEC, Jouy-en-Josas, France

  • 1991 – 2000
    Full Professor of Finance, Ecole des HEC, University of Lausanne

  • 1993 – 1997
    Director, Master in Banking and Finance, Ecole des HEC, University of Lausanne

  • 1998 – 1999
    Director of Research, Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME), Switzerland

  • 1999 – 2000
    Director of the Institute of Banking and Financial Management, University of Lausanne

  • 2000 – 2008
    Full Professor of Finance, Swiss Banking Institute, University of Zurich

  • 2001 – 2006
    Scientific Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Finance, jointly offered by the University of Zurich and ETHZ

  • 2001 – 2009
    Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research, Financial Valuation and Risk Management (FINRISK)

  • 2006 – 2014
    Director of Research of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI)

  • Since 2008
    Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Finance at the University of Geneva

  • 2009 – 2013
    Deputy Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research, Financial Valuation and Risk Management (FINRISK)

  • Since 2009
    Director, Geneva Finance Research Institute, University of Geneva

  • For further information see: CV Rajna Gibson Brandon

Selected publications

  • Rajna Gibson Brandon with Michel A. Habib and Alexandre Ziegler , "Reinsurance or Securitization: The Case of Natural Catastrophe Risk", Journal of Mathematical Economics, Volume 53, August 2014, pp. 79–100, 2014.

  • Rajna Gibson Brandon with Carmen Tanner and Alexander F. Wagner: Preferences for Truthfulness: Heterogeneity Among and Within Individuals, American Economic Review, 103(1): 1–18, 2013.

  • Rajna Gibson Brandon with Songtao Wang, Liquidity Risk, Return Predictability and Hedge Funds' Performance: An Empirical Study, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Volume 48, Issue 01, pp. 219-244, 2013.

  • Rajna Gibson Brandon with Carsten Murawski, Margining in Derivatives Markets, and the Stability of the Banking Sector, Journal of Banking & Finance, 2013.

  • Rajna Gibson Brandon with Carmen Tanner, and Alexander F. Wagner, Honesty Can Trump Self-Interest: Experimental Evidence on the Protected Value of Truthfulness as a Motivator for Truth-Telling. Working Paper University of Geneva, September 19, 2011.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Regulatory Bodies

  • Member, Swiss Federal Banking Commission, 1997-2004

  • Member, Swiss Takeover Board, 1995-1996

Board Memberships

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re, 2000 – Current

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Banque Privée Edmond De Rothschild, 2012-2015

Professional Activities

  • President, Scientific Council of Training Center for Investment Professionals, Bülach

  • Member, Advisory Board of the Finance Summit Conference

  • Member of the Board and of the Scientific Council of the Fondation Natixis, Paris

  • Member of the Strategic and Surveillance Committee of Sustainable Finance Geneva

Academic Memberships

  • American Finance Association

  • European Finance Association

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