Paris, the 21st of March 2023, the IEF/SCOR Foundation for Science award: Best Young Researcher in Finance and Insurance has been attributed today in Paris, during the 16th Financial Risks International Forum, organized by Institut Louis Bachelier.

This year, two winners tied: Irina Zviadadze, Associate Professor of Finance at HEC Paris and Olivier Guéant, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Paris 1. They are the 8th winners of the IEF/Scor Prize and have been nominated by a large majority of votes.

Best Young Researcher in Finance and Insurance, 2023:
Irina ZVIADADZE, HEC and Olivier GUÉANT, Paris I

“ The mission of the SCOR Foundation for Science is to support scientific research and the dissemination of knowledge about risk. Through this award and with laureates such as Irina Zviadadze and Olivier Guéant, we contribute to our commitment to research. The research work of Ms Zviadadze and Mr Guéant, published in leading journals, was praised and recognised by their peers during the voting process. These two researchers have demonstrated their ability to develop models that contribute to the academic literature in finance on topics such as the valuation of financial assets and market making. It is with pleasure and pride that we present them with this 2023 prize, for the 8th time, in partnership with the Institut Europlace of Finance and the Louis Bachelier Group”, says Philippe TRAINAR, Director of Fondation SCOR for Science

“ Irina Zviadadze was identified as a promising researcher within the Louis Bachelier network   when she was named a Louis Bachelier Academic Fellow in 2022. We are delighted to present her with this award, which confirms the importance of her past work, but also the potential of her future research. Olivier Guéant has been a researcher involved in the Louis Bachelier network for many years, through several research programmes. This prize thus rewards his academic work, which is applicable to the financial sector”, says Didier Valet, President, Institute Europlace de Finance and Vice-President, Institut Louis Bachelier.

The Institut Europlace de Finance (IEF) launched The Best Young Researcher Award in 2005 for a promising researcher under the age of 40. The “Best Young Researcher in Finance and Insurance” award is sponsored by the SCOR Foundation for Science since 2016. Candidates are nominated by the Louis Bachelier Academic Fellows, then a first selection is made by the Scientific Board of the Institut Louis Bachelier. Finally, the laureates are elected by the members of the IEF Scientific Council.



Irina ZVIADADZE is an associate professor of finance at HEC Paris and an affiliated researcher at CEPR (Center for Economic and Policy Research). She holds a PhD from the London Business School since 2013 and first worked for the Stockholm School of Economics before joining HEC Paris in 2019. She conducts research on asset pricing and has published her research in top finance journals such as Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies. Irina has received several research awards, including Hans Dalborg’s award for excellence in research in financial economics.

Olivier GUÉANT is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Associate Professor of Finance at ENSAE. He leads the “Financial Modelling” team at the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (a group of 8 researchers and about 10 PhD students). His research focuses on optimal execution and market making. In particular, he has developed state-of-the-art models that are used by brokers in the OTC markets (notably in the foreign exchange and corporate bond markets). He was awarded the Rosemont-Demassieux prize for his thesis on mean-field games in 2010.


About the Institut Europlace de Finance and the Louis Bachelier Group:

Institut Europlace de Finance (IEF), Fondation du Risque (FdR) and Institut Louis Bachelier (ILB) form together the Louis Bachelier Group. The backbone of the Louis Bachelier Group (ILB, FdR, IEF) and its network is research, that aims to promote sustainable development in Economics and Finance. The Louis Bachelier Group currently hosts more than 70 research programmes within four main societal transitions: environmental, digital, demographic and financial.


 About SCOR Foundation for Science:

The mission of the Foundation is to support scientific research. The SCOR Corporate Foundation for Science lends its support to various kinds of risk and (re)insurance-related projects, including university chairs, research projects, conferences and publications.


 About the Financial Risks International Forum:

The 16th Financial Risks International Forum has its focus on:
“Finance & Green Society”.


For additional information, please contact:

Ryadh Benlahrech, Head of Communication, ILB.