Family man has enjoyed long career in finance
SWEDISH by birth, 54-year-old Stefan Gerlach has had a distinguished career in international finance.
The father of five studied economics and politics in the University of Gothenburg before continuing his studies at postgraduate level in Geneva, Switzerland.
He began his career in academia, first as a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the US and later as an assistant professor of economics at another Ivy League school, Brown University.
In the early 1990s, he became head of monetary policy and exchange rates at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland.
His wife, economist Petra Gerlach-Kristen, who has dual-Swiss and German citizenship, also worked for BIS until this year.
She is now an associate research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin.
In the last decade, Prof Gerlach has worked as the director of the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research before returning to Europe and BIS in 2004.
Most recently, he was managing director of the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability at Goethe University Frankfurt and has published several books and papers.
In 2009, he co-wrote an economics tome 'Are the Golden Years of Central Banking Over?'