Vlad Mares is Affiliate Professor of Economics at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD, Mares received his PhD at Rutgers University and taught at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research interests include game theory, auction theory and industrial organization. Professor Mares is currently working on how to balance price and quality interests in the design of procurement auctions with differentiated suppliers. He also studies the strategic importance of information manipulation in large auctions.