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Panel Discussion

The Managing Director of the IMF in dialogue with the Chairman of the Governing Board of the SNB


Monday, 13. May 2024, 18:45 – 20:00 h

At the University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich, KOH-B-10 (Access only via Künstlergasse)

Event Language: English

The panel discussion focuses on current events.

Access to KOH-B-10 is only possible via Künstlergasse.

  • The event is open to the public and admission is free. Pre-booking is not necessary.
  • Access to KOH-B-10: only possible via Künstlergasse.
  • Seating: It is not possible to reserve seats in KOH-B-10. Visitors may not reserve seats in the lecture room on their own authority (for colleagues, friends). If all seats in the main hall KOH-B-10 are taken, other interested visitors will be asked to go to the broadcasting room (signposted on site). The security staff on site will inform you of any last-minute changes.
  • No drinks bottles, liquids etc. may be brought into the lecture theatre.
  • Luggage: Due to security precautions, no bags/backpacks larger than an A4 sheet of paper may be taken into the lecture room KOH-B-10. The security staff reserves the right to check bags/backpacks. Please be in front of lecture room KOH-B-10 in good time. These regulations do not apply to the broadcasting room.
  • Photography and filming are prohibited without authorisation and must be refrained from.
  • Q&A: If you have a question during the Q&A, please raise your hand. If you are given the floor, please limit your comments to one question.

The event will also be broadcast live and made available for replay.


Dr Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Short Bio

Before joining the IMF, Ms. Georgieva was CEO of the World Bank from January 2017 to September 2019, during which time she also served as Interim President of the World Bank Group for three months.

Previously, Ms. Georgieva helped shape the agenda of the European Union while serving as European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources. Ms. Georgieva began her career in public service at the World Bank as an environmental economist in 1993.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1953, Ms. Georgieva holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an Associate Professor between 1977 and 1993. During her academic career, she was visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Professor Thomas J. Jordan

Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank

Short Bio

Thomas J. Jordan studied economics and business studies at the University of Berne, completing his degree in 1989 and his doctorate in 1993. He wrote his post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) during a three-year post-doctoral research period at the Department of Economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The University of Berne appointed him lecturer (Privatdozent) in 1998 and honorary professor in 2003. He lectures there in monetary theory and policy.

In 1997, Thomas J. Jordan joined the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in Zurich as an Economic Advisor in Department I. With effect from mid-2004, the Swiss Federal Council appointed him an Alternate Member of the Governing Board. Effective May 2007, he was appointed Member of the Governing Board by the Federal Council. At the same time, he became Head of Department III (Financial Markets, Banking Operations and Information Technology). With effect from the beginning of 2010, the Federal Council appointed him Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board and he took over management of Department II in Berne (Financial Stability, Cash, Finance and Risk). On 18 April 2012, Thomas J. Jordan was appointed Chairman of the Governing Board by the Federal Council and thereby also Head of Department I in Zurich (Economic Affairs, International Monetary Cooperation, Legal and Property Services, Secretariat General). Detailed biography at the following Link.

Overview of the SIAF speakers