Sylvester Eijffinger is Professor of Financial Economics at Tilburg University, President of the Tilburg University Society, as well as Visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA during the Spring semester of 2003, 2008 and 2013. He held, amongst others, Visiting Professorships at University of Johannesburg, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, and the University of Munich. Professor Eijffinger has a keen interest in monetary and fiscal policy and European economic and financial integration, and was Visiting Scholar at the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Bank of Japan, the Banque de France, the Bank of England, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as well as Special Adviser to the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.  Professor Eijffinger has published widely in prestigious economics journals, such as the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Stability, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Public Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, the Open Economies Review, and the European Journal of Political Economy. He is Editor of several professional journals and newsletters, as well as Programme Director of the European Summer Institute of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. He is one of the founding fathers of the newly established European Banking Center in Tilburg. Sylvester Eijffinger was during three years a member of the Council of Economic Advisers of the Dutch Parliament between 2000 and 2015 he was a member of the Monetary Experts Panel of the European Parliament for the Monetary Dialogue with the ECB.