Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens
Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics
University of Zurich
Thorsten Hens is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Zurich and Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. He studied at Bonn and Paris and held professorships in Stanford, Bielefeld and Zurich. Since 2007 he has been the Head of the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich. His research areas are behavioral and evolutionary finance. Thorsten Hens is ranked among the top 10 finance professors in the German spoken area (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). In researching how investors make their decisions, Professor Hens draws on work in psychology and he applies insights from biology in order to understand the dynamics of financial markets. His consulting experience includes application of behavioral finance for private banking and evolutionary finance for asset management. He is a founding partner of Behavioral Finance Solutions, a spin off firm of the University of Zurich. Professor Hens is a consultant of the investment committee of the city of Zurich pension fund as well as the president of the investment committee of the Vita pension foundation.