Markus Leippold is a Professor at the Department of Banking at Finance of the University of Zurich and holds the Chair in Financial Engineering. From 2007 to 2009, he was an Associate Professor in Quantitative Finance at Imperial College London and served in the organization committee for the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance. Until 2007, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before moving back to academia in 2002, he was working for Sungard, Trading and Risk Management Systems, and the Zurich Cantonal Bank. During his PhD studies, he was a research fellow at the Stern School of Business in New York. He obtained his PhD in financial economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, in 1999.