Koen Schoors (Deinze, 8 december 1968) is a Belgian economist and professor at Ghent University. In the past he also teached at the Catholic University of Leuven, at the Vlerick Business School and at the Higher School of Economics at Moscow.
Mr. Schoors studied economy at Ghent University and the Catholic University of Leuven. Hij obtained his PhD at Ghent University in 1998, studying the rise of the commercial banking system in Russia at the start of the 90’s of the 20th century. He continued this study with a postdoctoral degree at Oxford University. He’s 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. He’s director of CERISE (Centrum of Russian International Socio-political and Economical research) and focusses mainly on company restructuring, both academical and in real life applications. Further he is expert on economic recessions, a subject he often holds public talks on.
Next to this, Mr. Schoors is chairman of the board of goverment agencies Gigarant, part of the Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen, and Trividend, the Flemish investing fund in the social economy, part of the board of the Ghentian coorperation Energent and the collective Bij de Vieze Gasten. Since 2017 he’s part of the board of Stichting Administratiekantoor Aandelen Triodos Bank (SAAT), where the shares of Triodos Bank are held.
Koen Schoors appears on a regular basis in the media as commentator on soco-economic events. In october 2012 he published his book ‘De Perfecte Storm’ (‘The Perfect Storm’) where he takes on the European goverment dept crisis and and aging problems together with his collegue-economist Gert Peersman.