IESE Welcomes New International Faculty Members

Finance and People Management departments strengthened


Christian Eufinger, Echo Yuan Liao and Raphael Silberzahn

(Left to right) Christian Eufinger, Echo Yuan Liao and Raphael Silberzahn.

IESE’s faculty keeps on growing. This academic year three new professors join the Financial Management and Managing People in Organizations departments. These new appointments reinforce the international nature of IESE’s faculty, which now includes 104 full-time professors representing 31 different nationalities.

Three young talents

Christian Eufinger joins the school as an Assistant Professor in the Financial Management Department. Eufinger is from Germany and holds a PhD in Finance from Goethe University Frankfurt and visiting research scholar at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Eufinger’s academic interests include financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate governance and applied microeconomics. His research is specifically focused on the microeconomic foundations of interbank markets, the interaction of banks' capital structure and investment choices, the corporate governance of banks, banking regulation, and the channels through which financial intermediaries exert an influence on the real economy.

The Managing People in Organizations Department also welcomes two new professors this term with the appointment of Echo Yuan Liao, who is Chinese, and the Raphael Silberzahn from Germany.

Echo Yuan Liao holds a PhD in International Business from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University and an MPhil in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining IESE, Liao held the post of postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Management at University of New South Wales Business School in Sydney. She has taught at Simon Fraser University and Justice Institute of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Liao’s academic interests lie in cross-cultural management, regulatory focus, cultural intelligence, and multiculturalism. Her primary research focuses on how to improve the way people work with others in culturally diverse workplace.

Raphael Silberzahn obtained his PhD in Business Administration from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Innovation, Strategy & Organization from the University of Cambridge. Prior to his graduate studies, Raphael worked for a large multinational enterprise as executive consultant to the CEO of a global business unit and as manager of global IT projects in Germany and India.

His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, management and culture, with a specific focus on how implicit cognitive factors affect people's interactions.