Dr. Niels Kroner has worked for a number of years as a management consultant in the Financial Institutions Group at McKinsey & Company. He has also served as a director for corporate strategy at Barclays and, most recently, as senior financials analyst for a large London hedge fund. Niels was born in Hamburg and studied at Oxford, Hamburg and Stanford. His academic work in empirical accounting research focused on the usefulness of bank reporting in the context of bank valuation. He lives in London.