Youssef Cassis holds the joint chair in economic history with the RSCAS and the Department of History and Civilization. He was Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2004-2011) and Professor of International Economic History at the University Pierre Mendes France in Grenoble, France (1997-2004). He also held a long-standing research fellowship at the LSE and has been a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Cass Business School in London, and the University of St. Gallen. His work focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His most recent books include Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005 (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2nd revised edition 2010), Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance (Oxford University Press, 2011), and, with Philip L. Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe. Rise, Retreat and Resurgence (Oxford University Press, 2015).