Young Finance Scholars Conference

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Research Committee

If accepted for presentation, one of the following eminent academics will be chairing your session and acting as the primary discussant.

Carol Alexander Professor of Finance, University of Sussex

Carol AlexanderCarol Alexander is Professor of Finance at Sussex and Co-Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. Recently she became visiting professor at the Oxford campus of Peking University Business School having taken the John von Neumann Chair at TU Munich in 2018. Carol was the founding chair of the Academic Advisory panel for the Professional Risk Manager's International Association (PRMIA) and later Chair of the Board. Her four-volume textbook on Market Risk Analysis (Wiley, 2008) is the definitive guide to the subject. Her latest interests focus on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies and her forthcoming book (with Douglas Cumming, FAU) is another Wiley text on Corruption and Fraud in Financial Markets. She also consults for banks, asset managers, exchanges, pension funds and other financial institutions.

Hervé Alexandre Professor of Banking and Finance, University Paris Dauphine

Herve AlexandreHervé Alexandre is a Professor of Finance at Université Paris Dauphine and the dean of the Chair Fintech. He holds a master in Econometrics, a master’s in finance and a PhD in Finance. His fields of teaching and research are Banking Risk and Financial Intermediation. He has published several academic articles in international journals (Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Corporate Finance, …).

Ephraim Clark Professor of Finance, Middlesex University

Ephraim ClarkEphraim Clark is Professor of Finance at the Middlesex University. Prior to this he has been a financial analyst, forecaster and consultant. Ephraim holds two PhD’s, one in Development Economics and the other in Financial Economics and his current interests include continuous time finance, real options, political risk analysis, emerging markets, capital budgeting and issues in corporate strategy and international business. He is the founding editor of the European Journal of Finance. His research has been published in numerous journals, including Management Science, Journal of International Money and Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance.

Michael Coulon Senior Lecturer in Finance, University of Sussex

Michael CoulonMichael Coulon is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the University of Sussex Business School, with research expertise in quantitative finance, stochastic modelling and commodity markets.  He has served in various departmental leadership roles including recently as head of the Finance group.  Michael has a strong academic background with mathematics and finance degrees from Imperial College (BSc), Princeton University (MFin) and the University of Oxford (DPhil), complemented by industry experience at leading investment banks.  He frequently collaborates with several energy companies to apply mathematical techniques to practical risk management and valuation problems.  He has developed many commodity price models and derivative pricing techniques, especially for electricity and environmental markets.  He is an associate editor for the Journal of Commodity Markets, often presents at leading international conferences in this field, and has published in top international journals.

Douglas Cumming Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, Florida Atlantic University

Douglas CummingDouglas Cumming, J.D., Ph.D., CFA, is the DeSantis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at the College of Business, Florida Atlantic University. Douglas has published over 180 articles in leading refereed academic journals in finance, management, and law and economics, such as the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Financial EconomicsReview of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of International Business Studies, and has been cited over 15,000 times according to Google Scholar.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Management (2020-2022) and the Journal of Corporate Finance (2018-2020). He is the Founding Editor of Annals of Corporate Governance, and a former Co-Editor of Finance Research Letters and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His most recent books are Corruption and Fraud in Financial Markets: Malpractice, Misconduct and Manipulation (Wiley, 2020, coauthored with Carol Alexander) and Crowdfunding: Fundamental Cases, Facts, and Insights (Elsevier Academic Press, 2019, coauthored with Sofia Johan) complete with  companion materials.  He is the coauthor of Venture Capital and Private Equity Contracting (Elsevier Academic Press, 2nd Edition, 2013), and Hedge Fund Structure, Regulation and Performance around the World (Oxford University Press, 2013).  He is the Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance (2013), the Oxford Handbook of Private Equity (2013), the Oxford Handbook of Venture Capital (2013), the Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds (2018), the Oxford Handbook of IPOs (2019), the Research Handbook of Finance and Sustainability (2018), and the Research Handbook of Investing in the Triple Bottom Line (2019).  Douglas’ work has been reviewed in numerous media outlets, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, the National Post, and The New Yorker.  

Dimitrios Gounopoulos Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Bath

Dimitrios Gounopoulos'Dimitrios Gounopoulos is Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Bath and the Head of Department (Research) in the Accounting and Finance Group of the School of Management. Prior to this he was a Professor at Newcastle University. He is the External Examiner for Imperial College, London (Full Time MBA and Executive MBA) and a consultant to several private companies and government consulting projects related to electronics. His research focuses on Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), bonds structure, corporate governance, executive compensation and earnings management. He published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Economic History Review etc. He serves as an occasional columnist in Columbia University, School of Law prestigious CLS Blue Sky Blog on issues relating regulations intervention as well as a Visiting Research Scholar. 

Ranko Jelic Professor of Finance, Sussex

Ranko JelicRanko leads Business Finance (BF) research group and convenes PhD Finance programme in the Business School. His research interests include: corporate and SME finance, European bond markets, IPOs, insider trading, private equity, and regulation of banks and insurance firms. He has published over thirty academic papers and contributions to research monographs and is consistently ranked among top 10% authors on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) by number of citations and paper downloads. With more than 1,000 citations his Google Scholar i10 and h-index are 22 and 16 respectively. Ranko's work has been commented on and referenced in the Financial Times and other media outlets. He received research grants from UK Institute for Quantitative Investment Research (INQUIRE), Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), and African Development Bank (ADB). Ranko is an associated editor of the European Journal of Finance and elected board member of European Financial Management Association.

Andreas Kaeck Professor of Finance, University of Sussex

Andreas KaeckAndreas Kaeck is Professor of Finance at the University of Sussex. Prior to joining the Finance Group at Sussex, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of St Gallen (Switzerland). His research interests cover investment-related research problems, as well as topics in financial econometrics, derivatives pricing and asset pricing. His current work includes studying asset pricing effects of earnings announcement risk. His research has been published in leading international journals, including the Review of Financial Studies and the Review of Finance.

Christophe Mues Professor of Data Science and and Information Systems, University of Southampton

Christophe MuesPrior to my appointment at the University of Southampton, I was employed as a researcher and teaching assistant at KU Leuven (Belgium), where I obtained the degree of Doctor in Applied Economics. In September 2004, I joined the Southampton Business School, where I am currently Programme Leader of the MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management (KISM) and teach on a variety of subjects in information systems and analytics.

S. Ghon Rhee Professor of International Banking and Finance, University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business

S Ghon RheeDr. Rhee received his BA from Seoul National University Law School, MBA from Rutgers University, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  He is holding the K. J. Luke Distinguished Professor of International Banking and Finance.  He is the managing editor of the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, a premier academic journal focusing on Asia-Pacific capital markets and financial systems.  He is currently holding an adjunct professorship at Monash University (Australia) since September 2011 and a distinguished visiting professorship at National Central University (Taiwan).  He also serves as External Academic Advisor for City University of Hong Kong for a three-year period from October 2014 to September 2017.

Richard Tol Professor of Economics, University of Sussex

Ephraim ClarkRichard S.J. Tol is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Sussex and the Professor of the Economics of Climate Change, Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Academia Europaea. Previously, he was a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, the Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change at Hamburg University and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He has had visiting appointments at the Canadian Centre for Climate Research, University of Victoria, British Colombia, at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, University College London, and at the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Department of Economics, Princeton University.

Radu Tunaru Professor of Finance and Risk Management, University of Sussex

Radu TunaruProfessor Radu Tunaru is Professor of Finance and Risk Management at the University of Sussex Business School. His research interests are in financial derivatives, risk management, model risk and applied financial econometrics. Tunaru is currently carrying research related to real estate derivatives, minimum capital requirements and systemic risk testing, construction of risk networks for financial systems, and model risk. He is the Head of the Accounting and Finance Department. Tunaru is on the Associate Editor Board of the Journal of Derivatives and the Journal of Portfolio Management and he served as an associate editor for the Journal of Banking and Finance. He published Model Risk in Financial Markets  (World Scientific Publishing) and  Real Estate Derivatives (Oxford University Press) and co-edited Preparing for the Next Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press).  He wrote several papers with Robert Shiller, the Nobel laureate for Economics in 2013. He conducted consulting for various banks, hedge-funds, start-ups and executive training houses including Lloyds and London Financial Studies.

Ulrich Volz Reader in Economics, SOAS University of London

Ulrich VolzUlrich Volz is a Reader in Economics at SOAS University of London and Founding Director of the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the German Development Institute and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Leipzig. At SOAS, he previously served as Head of the Department of Economics and Member of the University’s Executive Board. Ulrich is Chairman of the Japan Economy Network and Co-editor-in-chief of the Asia Europe Journal. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Board of Sufinda, the Sustainable Financial Data Initiative. Ulrich is a lead author of a 2018 report commissioned by UN Environment on Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries and a co-editor of the recently published Routledge Handbook of Banking and Finance in Asia. He is currently Principle Investigator of an INSPIRE grant on “Climate Risk and Sovereign Risk in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Connections and Implications for Financial and Monetary Authorities”. He is also a Co-Investigator in an ESRC-funded collaborative research project with Nankai University and Zhejiang University on “Developing Financial Systems to Support Sustainable Growth in China – The Role of Innovation, Diversity and Financial Regulation”. Ulrich was the 2017 Banque de France Chair at EHESS in Paris.


Awards will be given to the best paper on Responsible Finance, the best overall paper and the best poster. The author of the best overall paper will also be awarded the title ‘Young Finance Scholar of 2020’.


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