Hélyette Geman is a Professor of Finance at Birkbeck, University of London where she is the Director of the Commodity Finance Centre and Research Professor at John Hopkins University. She is a graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure in Mathematics, holds a Masters degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Probability from the University Pierre et Marie Curie and a PhD in Finance from the University Pantheon Sorbonne. In 1993, she became 'Professeur Agrege des Universites' in Management and Juridicial Sciences. For the last 18 years a scientific advisor to major banks, energy and mining companies as well as commodity houses, covering the spectrum of interest rates, catastrophic risk, crude oil and electricity, metals and agriculturals. She was previously the Head of Research at Caisse des Depots in Paris. Professor Geman was the first president of the Bachelier Finance Society and has published more than 115 papers in top international finance and insurance Journals.