Youssef Cassis holds the joint chair in Economic History at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute. He was Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2004-2011) and Professor of International Economic History at the University Pierre Mendes France in Grenoble, France (1997-2004). He also held a long-standing research fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Cass Business School in London, and the University of St. Gallen. His work focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His most recent books include ‘Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005’, ‘Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance’ and, with Philip L. Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe. Rise, Retreat and Resurgence’.