Koen Schoors is a Belgian economist and Full Professor at the Department of Economics of Ghent University’s under Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. In the past, he also taught at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), at the Vlerick Business School and at the Higher School of Economics at Moscow. He is ranked in the top 10% of the IDEAS top of economists worldwide. His main field of research is the banking and finance sector, business financing and direct foreign investments, with a particular focus on Russia. Furthermore, he is an expert on economic recessions, a subject he often holds public talks on. Professor Schoors appears on a regular basis in the media as commentator on socio-economic events, recently on the economic sanctions on Russia.