ZU has appointed Professor Florentina Paraschiv to the Chair of Finance. A native of Bucharest, she comes to Lake Constance from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and will strengthen the Faculty of Corporate Management & Economics at ZU.
Appointed to the Chair of Finance at Zeppelin University: Professor Dr. Florentina Paraschiv. (Photo: ZU/Lena Reiner)
“My research interests in green finance and fintech have become particularly important recently and require competencies in the fields of economics, culture, and politics. The academic environment at ZU is the ideal place to work on these interdisciplinary topics in collaboration with scientific colleagues and students, and thus also to achieve a societal impact,” explains Prof. Paraschiv.
“By appointing Florentina Paraschiv, we are welcoming a new academic colleague who will address the increasingly pressing questions of how sustainable business can succeed and how economy and ecology can be reconciled,” says ZU’s President, Professor Klaus Mühlhahn. “Her knowledge and expertise will benefit not only our students as future decision-makers in the fields of business, culture, and politics, but also our university as a whole – after all, we intend to become carbon neutral by 2035.”
Born and raised in the Romanian capital Bucharest, Florentina Paraschiv studied International Economic Transactions (diploma) and Banking and Capital Markets (Master’s) at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg). This was followed by a teaching assistantship at her alma mater and a spell as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Economics at the University of Zurich. She then completed her PhD at the Institute for Operations Research and Computational Finance at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Subsequently, she was awarded an assistant professorship there, at the end of which she successfully earned her post-doctoral qualification. Florentina Paraschiv then moved on to the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, where she was initially an Associate Professor and later Professor of Financial Economics and Head of the newly founded NTNU Centre for Banking and Finance. At the same time, she remained associated with the HSG as a lecturer.
Florentina Paraschiv has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Vienna, the University of Oslo, the London Business School, and the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge. Her research results in energy finance have earned her multiple awards. In addition to green finance and fintech, she will conduct research and teach at ZU in the fields of banking and financial regulation, econometrics, and machine learning.