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Renée Adams is a Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, a former Finance Department Editor at Management Science, and the former chair at the American Finance Association’s committee for women in Finance (AFFECT). Her research focuses on information flows on boards, bank governance, group decision-making, the governance of central banks and gender diversity on and off boards.  Her work has a strong policy orientation and lies at the intersection between economics, finance, management and psychology. In 2019 she won the Female Career Award from HEC Lausanne. This award honours twice a year an outstanding female academic career outside HEC and Renée won the 1st edition in 2019. Her publications have appeared in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies and Strategic Management Journal.

Steven Ongena is a Professor of Banking in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, a research professor at KU Leuven, a research professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Business School, and a research fellow in financial economics of CEPR. He is also a research professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank and a regular research visitor at the European Central Bank (ECB). He is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry, the International Journal of Central Banking, the International Review of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Services Research. In 2017 he received an ERC Advanced Grant, in 2012 an NYU-Fordham - RPI Rising Star in Finance Award, and in 2009 a Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship of the ECB. His work has appeared in numerous top journals like: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, Management Science, etc