Julián P. Díaz is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in the fields of international trade and international macroeconomics, focusing on the effects of trade and financial liberalization in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe that joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Elina Ribakova is a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel. Her expertise is in financial markets, emerging economies and central banking. She has an extensive career in finance at Citigroup, Amundi (a large European asset manager), Avantium (Emerging Markets dedicated hedge fund) and most recently as Managing Director of Research at Deutsche Bank. Prior to moving to the financial industry, Ribakova worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (1999-2008).
Elina studied Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics and completed her graduate studies at the University of Warwick in 1999. In 2015-16 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs of the London School of Economics. She has published extensively including in academic journals and is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg, Sky News, FT, WSJ, BBC and economic blogs such as Project Syndicate.