Professor Gabriel S. Lee studied mathematics and economics at the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and economics at the University of Western Ontario (M.A. Economics). He then obtained his Ph.D. (Economics) at the University of Chicago with the dissertation titled “Housing Investment under Time to Build and Adjustment Costs”. Following completion of his PhD in Economics at the University of Chicago (1997), he held positions at various institutions such as at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California, Davis, the University of Vienna and Innsbruck, and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna before joining the University of Regensburg. Since April 2004, he holds the chair professorship for real estate economics at the University of Regensburg.
Professor Lee’s main research focuses on real estate topics in the context of macroeconomics with the focuses on Dynamic Stochastic Macroeconomic Models with Housing Markets, Uncertainty Risk, Agency Costs, Housing and Business Cycles, and Zero Lower Bound and Long Run Uncertainty Risk. He published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journal, which include several A* publications in Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and Economic Theory. He also has several editorial\reviewer roles, and he is the conference organizer of one of the best conferences in Macroeconomics (name is Vienna Macro conference – https://sites.google.com/site/viennamacrocafe/). This conference is financially supported by European Economic Review, an A* journal.
As a BlockFin Asia co-founder, Robert organize Vietnam’s first blockchain conference in 2016 to advocate for closer collaboration between industry and regulators. In addition to advising startups, he manages Bitcoin Saigon, the original home of the city's Bitcoin, blockchain and fintech community. In 2014, he played an early part in voicing industry concerns about cryptocurrency double taxation in Australia.
Prior to this, Robert was a buy side equity research analyst in Melbourne and New York City. He has an MBA from New York University and an engineering degree from RMIT University.