International banker to speak at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 3, 2004 – International banker David Bieri will give a talk, "Why Central Banks Manage Reserves," on Monday, April 5, 11 a.m. in 1045 Pamplin Hall on the Virginia Tech campus. His talk is part of the "International Business and Culture" guest lecture series sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business. The talk is free and open to the public.

Bieri is head of business development at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, where he is responsible for new financial products and services, customer business analysis, and investment analytical support.

He was previously an investment analyst at the bank and has also worked as an analyst at Bankers Trust International in London. He has held summer internships at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Bieri earned a master of science in economics from the University of Durham in England in 1998, and a bachelor of science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1997. He has given talks lectures around the world and also speaks German, French, and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Stuart Mease at (540) 231-5706,

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