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“Stewardship of Finance”, lectures resume on September 30 at 4 p.m.

My “Stewardship of Finance” lectures at the VUB resume on September 30.

Lectures will be delivered in English, they are held on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. in lecture hall QB (2 Pleinlaan, 1050 Brussels); auditors are free to attend.

Lectures are videotaped and can be viewed on YouTube as well as here on the blog.

1. Why stewardship of finance?, September 30

2. Is rational behaviour necessarily ethical?, October 7

3. Regulation and self-regulation. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand”, October 14

4. Law, Ethics and the business world, October 28

5. The business world and its regulators, November 4

6. National order and international disorder. Tax havens/shadow banking/mafias, November 18

7. Lord Adair Turner: socially useful and socially useless financial activities, November 25

8. Profit and Ethics. Aristotle’s chrematistics, December 2

“Stewardship of Finance” lectures will be held in French at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) during the second semester, their programme will be communicated in due time.

Calendar of the remaining events associated to the “Stewardship of Finance” Chair at the VUB

For registration, precise location and times, please look here.

On March 7th, my lecture will be devoted to the Enron corporation and its downfall as a counter-example of stewardship of finance.

On March 13, Jacques Attali will be our guest. He is head of Pla-Net Finance and of the study group on a positive economy (of which I have the privilege of being a member). He will answer the question “Peut-on théoriser l’avenir ?”

On the following day, on March 14th, I will be discussing “Financial instruments in an ethical perspective”, with an extensive review of those which are at the centre of the current crisis: Credit-Default Swaps, Asset-Backed Securities, Collateralised Debt Obligations and synthetic CDOs.

On the 20th and the 21st of March will be held a three-part, two-day, event dedicated to answer “Is there an ethical manner to ensure the redistribution of newly created wealth?”

It will be initiated by European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht on March 20th. On the following day I will deliver my lecture on the same subject, which will be followed by a Panel discussion with distinguished guests: Bruno Colmant (Roland Berger), Hilde Vernaillen (P&V Group), Benoît Verwilghen (CFO and vice-CEO of Ethias) and Benoît Lallemand (Finance Watch), moderated by Steven Rombaut (VRT journalist).

My lecture on March 28th will be devoted to “Speculation. Its causes, consequences, and history”.

On April 17th, I will be talking about “Our species and the planet which hosts it”. Finally on April 18th there will be a private event for our students writing a Master dissertation within the Chair’s framework (on the occasion of which I will deliver the introductory speech).


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is honored to invite you to attend the last two invited talks of this year.

Wednesday 5th of December – Emmanuel Todd:  Les élites européennes: incompétence historique et anthropologique? This talk will be held in French

Emmanuel Todd is a French historian, sociologist and political scientist at the National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), in Paris.

Entrance is free but please register here for the talk.

Wednesday 19th of December – Michel Prada:  Crise financière et régulation: progrès et problèmes. This talk will be held in French

Michel Prada is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IFRS Foundation/Président du Conseil de Normalisation des Comptes Publics (France) and Ancien Président de l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (France).

Entrance is free but please register here for the talk.

Both invited talks are part of the Academic Chair ‘Stewardship of Finance’ founded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and sponsored by six major insurance companies. ‘The current financial crisis has shown that a moral reflection is most certainly necessary.’ The chairman of this new chair is Professor of economic and financial law, Michel Flamée. The holder of the chair is famous Belgian anthropologist, Paul Jorion.

19:30 Introduction by Paul Jorion
19:40 Invited talk
20:30 Q&A
21:00 Concluding remarks

Location:  VUB, Promotion Hall, Building D, 2nd Floor, Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels.

For more information on the Academic Chair, please see here