Egon Zakrajšek joined the BIS in August 2019 after nearly 25 years with the US Federal Reserve System. A native of Slovenia, Egon started his career in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and later joined the division of Monetary Affairs at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. In Monetary Affairs, Egon served as the chief of the Banking Analysis section and in 2007 was appointed to the Board's official staff. Between 2007 and 2019, he held a succession of senior roles in the division, most recently as a Senior Adviser. His research on the role of financial factors in economic fluctuations has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Egon is a CEPR Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics at the University of Nottingham and serves as the editor of BIS Working Papers. In addition to his extensive policy experience, he has also taught economics at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. Egon holds a PhD in economics from New York University.