Jan Toporowski is Professor of Economics and Finance at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He was born in Oxford, UK of Polish émigré parents. He studied Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Birmingham. He has worked in fund management, international banking, and in central banking. In 2013 his book ‘Why the World Economy Needs a Financial Crash’ and Other Critical Essays on Finance and Financial Economics (London: Anthem Press 2010) won the Unicus Prize for the Best Book Promoting the Understanding of Economics at the Warsaw Book Fair in 2013. Jan Toporowski’s most recent book is Michał Kalecki An Intellectual Biography Volume 1 Rendezvous in Cambridge 1899-1939 (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2013).