Martin Schmalz is Professor of Finance and Economics, Head of the Finance, Accounting, Management, and Economics Area, Academic Director of the Blockchain Strategy Programme, and co-director of the Open Banking & AI in Finance Programme at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Before joining Oxford with tenure, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan, USA. He co-authored “The Business of Big Data: How to Create Lasting Value in the Age of AI”, and was featured as one of the “40 under 40” best business school professors worldwide at the age of 33. He was invited to present to regulators and policy makers across the globe, including the US Department of Justice, The White House Council of Economic Advisers, European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, various central banks, and at universities across America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His prize-winning research focuses on corporate governance and asset management. It has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and was covered, among others, by The New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fortune, Handelsblatt, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He holds a graduate degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in mechanical engineering from the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) and a M.A. and PhD in Economics from Princeton University (USA).