Every year, the SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science, in partnership with the Institut Europlace de Finance/Louis Bachelier, awards each year since 2016 the prize for the Best Young Researcher in Finance and Insurance.

Created at the end of 2011, the SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science is part of the Group’s long-term commitment to research and the dissemination of risk knowledge. This involvement is part of SCOR’s identity, as reflected in its signature “The Art & Science of Risk”. Indeed, risk is the “raw material” of reinsurance and SCOR intends to be at the forefront of risk expertise and research thanks to its vast network of academic institutions and the support it provides to numerous disciplines: mathematics, actuarial science, physics, chemistry, geophysics, climatology, economics, finance, etc. The creation of the SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science marked a new stage in the Group’s commitment to scientific disciplines and, more broadly, to its societal mission, in line with its CSR policy.

Paris 26th March 2021

During the International Forum on Financial Risk and the “Rising Talents” side event organised by the ILB/Europlace Institute of Finance on 26 March 2021, the SCOR Foundation for Science awarded the 2020 and 2021 Best Young Researcher in Finance and Insurance prizes to Matthieu Bouvard, professor at the Toulouse School of Management (University of Toulouse), specialising in Finance, and member of the Toulouse School of Economics, and Kim Peijnenburg, professor of Finance at EDHEC, researcher affiliated to the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and member of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (Netspar).

André Levy-Lang, President of the SCOR Foundation for Science, comments: “The SCOR Foundation for Science is pleased to honour researchers who highlight lesser-known areas of research that are strategic for the development of contemporary societies.

Philippe Trainar, Director of the SCOR Foundation for Science, states: “With this award, which is being presented for the fifth consecutive year, SCOR and its Foundation for Science are proud to encourage innovative and original young researchers who are working on key areas at the frontiers of our knowledge of new technologies and agents’ financial decisions.

2021 Award: Kim Peijnenburg, (EDHEC Business School)

Kim Peijnenburg received her PhD in Finance from Tilburg University in 2011. Kim was a faculty member at HEC Paris from 2016 to 2018 and at Bocconi University from 2011 to 2016. She is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a member of the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (Netspar). Kim is a recurring guest at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and regularly visits the Copenhagen Business School and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her main area of research is household finance, and her research is published in leading journals such as Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and The Economic Journal.  Her recent publication in the Journal of Financial Economics explores the impact of ambiguity aversion on portfolio choice using a household survey. She has received research grants from the Pension Research Council/TIAA in the US, Netspar in the Netherlands, the Centre for Pension Superannuation in Australia and the European Savings Institute in France. She is a member of the programme committee of the Adam Smith Workshop and the Netspar International Pension Workshop. Kim has presented her work at numerous international conferences such as the Western Finance Association, the SFS Cavalcade and the European Finance Association, as well as at universities around the world, including the London School of Economics, Melbourne University and the University of Zurich.

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2020 Award: Matthieu Bouvard, (University of Toulouse)

Matthieu Bouvard is Professor of Management Sciences at the Toulouse School of Management (University of Toulouse), specialising in Finance, and a member of the Toulouse School of Economics. He obtained his PhD from the University of Toulouse in 2009. His research focuses on financial intermediation and the impact of technological innovation in finance (Fintech). His work has been published in international journals such as Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science. He has received funding from the Agence National de la Recherche in France, and from provincial and federal agencies in Canada (FRQSC, IFSID, SSHRC).

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Award 2019: Guillaume VUILLEMEY, (HEC Paris) and Aurélien ALFONSI, (CERMICS/ENPC)

Guillaume Vuillemey is assistant professor of finance at HEC Paris. His research focuses on banking economics, derivatives markets and risk management, bank financing, central clearing and financial history. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics, among others. He is also a research fellow at the CEPR (London) and the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Régulation (ACPR). He was awarded the Best Young Researcher in Finance prize by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) in 2016. He holds a PhD in economics from Sciences-Po (Paris).

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Researcher at CERMICS (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique, Aurélien Alfonsi defended his thesis written under the supervision of Benjamin Jourdain on 26 June 2006. After his thesis, he was a post-doctoral student in Berlin (TU), before joining CERMICS as a researcher. He has made major contributions to several areas of financial mathematics, including numerical simulation (his article “On the discretization schemes for the CIR (and Bessel squared) processes” was cited 212 times according to google scholar), optimal execution (his article “Optimal execution strategies in limit order books with general shape functions”, co-authored with A. Fruth and A. Fruth. Schied has been cited 379 times according to Google Scholar) and price impact models, multi-dimensional stochastic volatility models based on the Wishart process, and the use of the optimal transport theory of measures. He is Deputy Director of CERMICS, has directed 5 PhD theses and is the author of a book on the simulation of affine diffusion processes.

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Award 2018: Catherine BOBTCHEFF, (TSE)

Catherine Bobtcheff is a research fellow at the CNRS and a professor at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). Catherine is an actuary and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toulouse 1. Her research focuses on applied theoretical economics, insurance and finance, and industrial economics. Her recent publications in major international journals focus on the economics of risk, investment dynamics and strategic interactions.

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Award 2017: Dylan POSSAMAI, (Université Paris Dauphine-PSL)

After obtaining his engineering degree from the École Polytechnique and M2 from the University of Paris 6 in 2009, Dylan Possamaï began his doctoral thesis in October 2009, under the supervision of Nizar Touzi, at the École Polytechnique. This thesis, entitled “Journey to the heart of second-order EDSRs and other contemporary problems in financial mathematics” was defended two years later in December 2011, and received the École Polytechnique’s 2012 thesis prize, as well as the third Bruti-Liberati prize from the Bachelier Finance Society in 2013. He then defended his Habilitation to direct research in December 2016. He has been a Senior Lecturer at Paris-Dauphine University since September 2012, and was a lecturer at the École Polytechnique between 2015 and 2016. His favourite topics include stochastic calculus under uncertainty, stochastic control, EDSR, and contract theory. In recent years, he has made a significant contribution to the development, from a practical and theoretical point of view, of the Principal-Agent problem theory.

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Award 2016: Peter TANKOV (Université Paris-Diderot) and Johan HOMBERT (HEC Paris)

Peter Tankov is professor of quantitative finance at ENSAE, the French national school for statistics and economic administration, having previously worked at Paris-Diderot (Paris 7) university and Ecole Polytechnique. He is a mathematician, specialist in applied probability and stochastic processes. His current research interests include quantitative finance, energy finance, and green and sustainable finance. Peter is the author of over 50 research articles on these and other topics and of the widely read book, Financial Modelling with Jump Processes. He is the recepient of the 2016 Best Young Researcher in Finance award of the Europlace Institute of Finance and the principal investigator of several national grants. Peter is the scientific director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Research Program at Louis Bachelier Institute, member of the board of directors of GRASFI, the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and and Investment, and member of editorial boards of the main quantitative finance journals: Mathematical Finance, Finance and Stochastics and SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics.

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Johan Hombert is a professor of Finance at HEC Paris. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE, and Paris School of Economics, and his PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics. His research interests are entrepreneurship and innovation, financial intermediation, and frictions in financial markets. His papers have been published in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics.

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2015: Sophie MOINAS, (TSE)
2014: Mathieu ROSENBAUM, (Ecole Polytechnique et Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Christophe PERIGNON, (HEC Paris)
2013: Bruno BOUCHARD, (Université Paris-Dauphine) and François DERRIEN, (HEC Paris)
2012: Augustin LANDIER, (TSE) and David THESMAR, (HEC Paris)
2011: Joël PERESS, (INSEAD)
2009: Thomas MARIOTTI, (TSE)
2008: Pascal MAENHOUT, (INSEAD)
2007: Nizar TOUZI, (Ecole Polytechnique)
2006: Laurent CALVET, (HEC Paris)
2005: Thierry FOUCAULT, (HEC Paris)

2016: Olivier GUEANT (ENSAE) and Charles-Albert LEHALLE (Capital Fund Management) 
2015: David THESMAR and Johan HOMBERT, (HEC Paris)
2014: Sébastien POUGET and Sophie MOINAS, (TSE)
2013: Jean-Paul DECAMPS, Stéphane VILLENEUVE and Thomas MARIOTTI, (TSE), Jean-Charles ROCHET, (Zurich University)
2012: Joël PERESS, (INSEAD)
2011: Jean TIROLE, (IDEI Toulouse)
2009: Thierry FOUCAULT (HEC Paris)
2008: Elyès JOUINI and Clothilde NAPP (Université Paris-Dauphine)
2007: Harald HAU (INSEAD)
2006: Pascal MAENHOUT (INSEAD)
2005: Bruno BOUCHARD (Université Paris-Dauphine), Nizar TOUZI (Ecole Polytechnique)

2016: Bruno BIAIS et Sophie MOINAS (TSE), Thierry FOUCAULT (HEC Paris)
2015: Joël PERESS, (INSEAD)
2014: Pierre HENRY-LABORDERE, (Ecole Polytechnique et Société Générale)
2013: Clotilde NAPP, (Université Paris-Dauphine)