Jean-Philippe Bouchaud graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in physics in 1985. Until 1992, he held an appointment with the CNRS. After a year spent in the Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge), he joined the Service de Physique de l’Etat Condensé (CEA-Saclay), where he worked on the dynamics of glassy systems and on granular media. Bouchaud became interested in economics and theoretical finance in 1991. His work in finance includes extreme risk models, agent based simulations, market microstructure, and price formation. He founded the company Science & Finance in 1994 that merged with Capital Fund Management (CFM) in 2000, and was appointed as a Statistical Physics Professor at ESPCI (Paris) in 2000, a position he held for 8 years. He is now the Chairman and Head of Research at CFM, and professor at Ecole Polytechnique where he teaches statistical mechanics and a course on “complex systems.” In 2009 he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.