Philipp is a PhD Candidate in Economics at KU Leuven and is currently visiting Georgetown University in Washington DC in 2023. His research combines insights from international trade, networks and environmental economics to study how supply chain interactions affect firm behavior, consumer welfare and the environment. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Philipp worked as a Consultant at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, a joint organization of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Philipp holds two MSc degrees in Economics from KU Leuven and Lund University and a BSc in International Economics and East Asian Studies at the University of Tuebingen. website
Víctor Ortiz Giménez is joining the department as a visiting PhD student under the supervision of Hylke Vandenbussche until August 2023. His research interest lies at the intersection of International Trade and Policy Evaluation. In particular, he combines predictive and causal tools to understand the dynamics of Colombian exporters. Víctor expects to graduate during the summer of 2023 at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca.
Giorgos Morakis is joining the department in 2023 as a PhD student under the supervision of Hylke Vandenbussche as part of a double degree program with IMT Lucca. After obtaining his Bachelor's in Economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela, he received MSc in Computational economics from the University of Essex, UK. Later joined the PhD program on Economic Networks and Business Analytics at IMT Lucca, focusing on economic networks and regional development