How and when did you get to IE?
By way of those unpredictable walks of life… three years ago!
What sport do you practice?
I alternate running and indoor cycle with… doing nothing! I love skiing!
What is your favorite book?
I must cite three: The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien, War and Peace, by Tolstoi and Persuasion, by Austen
Where were you born?
What is your favorite dish?
A memorable moment:
I am unable to choose one. I am thankful as I have had many!
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
To me, it means to be knowledgeable, be able to convey that knowledge and can motivate students to further into that knowledge.
How do you keep up-to-date?
I read. I always try to have the latest edition of reference text books, and try to keep an eye on financial news.
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
Honestly, I think there is no secret. I simply dedicate plenty of time to preparing for classes.
A ritual before teaching:
I always come in early. And I buy a hot chocolate from the vending machine. Be it freezing or scorching outside.
A story in the classroom:
10 minutes before the end of a particularly intricate session in technical terms, suddenly what appeared to be the sound of a champagne bottle being opened does off… silence reigned in the classroom, so I just said “we have finally finished this valuation method!… although let us wait until the final exam before enjoying the champagne!”. It was absolutely a chance event, but it did relax tension a whole lot.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
Although I often fail miserably, I try to follow the postulates of the poem If, by Rudyard Kipling
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
My second session in my first IMBA impartation. I completely blanked out. I was writing on the board the most basic formula you could think of when, without prior notice, my memory decided to go on vacation and I simply could not complete the equation. The students, whose respect I hadn’t really earned yet, started dictating the formula to me. I simply couldn’t react. Awful!