Central Banks, Asset Management & Financial Infrastructure

Marlene AMSTAD specializes in the development of economic indicators for policy makers and investors.

As Professor of Practice in Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen she conducts research on financial institutions (central banks, asset management and financial infrastructure). She also teaches in the MBA in Finance at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Marlene acts as a member of the board at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Bern, Switzerland.

Previously she worked with 11 Asian Central Banks in EMEAP (Executives’ Meeting of East Asia-Pacific Central Banks) as Regional Adviser and Asset Management Representative at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) in Hong Kong. She coordinated the Asian Bond Fund (ABF) initiative and conducted research on asset management.

Prior to her time in Asia, Marlene acted as Deputy Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Financial Market Analysis at the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and served as one of three members of the SNB’s investment committee (CHF 250 bn AuM).

Marlene is specialized in the development of indicators for inflation, credit and business cycles. As Resident Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York she created the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)” and a similar gauge for China in joint work with People’s Bank of China. As Credit Portfolio Manager at Credit Suisse she built quantitative credit risk models and developed business cycle indicators as Senior Economist at Swiss Economic Institute (KOF), where she also served as Executive Officer of CIRET (Center for International Research on Economic Tendency Surveys).

Marlene is an internationally recognized speaker at investor conferences and board meetings of public and private sector institutions. She is a research fellow at BIS and Bank of Japan. Since 2007, she is lecturer for Financial Institutions and Financial Markets at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Marlene publishes in applied and peer reviewed journals, newspapers and books on central banking, asset management, and financial infrastructure. In the past she contributed to over 40 published speeches by SNB board members.

A native Swiss, Marlene received a master in economics from the University of Bern, a doctorate in econometrics from the University of St. Gallen and pursued her management education at INSEAD and IMD. She lives in Hong Kong, China and Switzerland.