Arman Eshraghi, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance and Investment at Cardiff Business School

Arman Eshraghi is a Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance and Investment at Cardiff Business School, UK. His academic research spans finance, accounting and psychology with interests including behavioural finance, financial technology and corporate governance. His work is published in some of the leading journals of the field, cited in the media including the Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Bloomberg, and contributed to handbooks published by Cambridge University, Wiley, Springer and Routledge. Professor Eshraghi is an Editor of International Review of Economics and Finance, Senior Editor of Finance Research Letters, Shimomura Fellow of the Development Bank of Japan, Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty at UCL, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Director of the Cardiff Fintech Research Group, and an Advisory Board Member of Fintech Wales. He has advised a number of UK fintech and investment firms in recent years.

Canh Thien Dang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Economics, King's College London

Dr. Dang is a Lecturer in Economics (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London. He is also an academic supervisor at the Institute of Finance and Technology, University College of London, and a chief examiner for the University of London International Programme (Econometrics). Before joining King's, he lectured and conducted research at the London School of Economics as an LSE Fellow in Economics, and at the University of Warwick as a postdoctoral fellow (in Economics). He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham in 2018. He uses both theory and data to answer questions at the intersection of economics and public policies. His research interests include Development Economics, Public Economics, and Applied Econometrics. His current research focuses on the economics of nonprofit organisations, financial data, public good provision (housing, security, preferential tax treatment, and public procurement), and innovation. Recently, he has published at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Economic Development and Culture Change.

Kausar Abbas, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance and Banking at the Monarch Business School Switzerland

Kausar Abbas holds a PhD in Islamic Banking and Finance from International Islamic University Malaysia. She teaches Islamic Banking and Finance, E-commerce, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Quantitative Research, and supervises dissertations at the Postgraduate level. Dr. Abbas has experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate business and management courses since 2015 in Pakistan and Dubai. Dr. Abbas has presented multiple papers related to Islamic Banking and Finance at the national and international level and has organized global forums, seminars, workshops and training sessions on Islamic Banking and Finance for different sectors since 2014. She has more than 18 papers published in refereed academic journals to her credit.

Kristle Romero Cortes,Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Banking and Finance in the Business School, University of New South Wales

Dr. Kristle Cortés is an Associate Professor in the School of Banking and Finance in the Business School at the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include financial intermediation, empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, and the structure, optimization, and regulatory practices of the financial services industry. Dr. Cortés previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where, in addition to her research, she took part in the Federal Open Market Committee process. Her work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics and The Review of Corporate Finance Studies. Dr. Cortés has a PhD in finance from Boston College and a BA in economics and philosophy from Northwestern University.

Chinny Nzekwe-Excel, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Wolverhampton

Dr Chinny Nzekwe-Excel is an Academic Lead, Consultant and Research Expert in the broad areas of Management Development Initiatives & Repositioning Strategies; International Business; Leadership Concepts; Operations Management Research; Teaching & Learning Innovations, and Construction Management. She is also a Statistics Expert; a Senior Fellow of the Advance Higher Education, UK; a Certified Management & Business Educator; and a Leadership and Management Professional.

Chinny is the Academic Director of the International Masters of Business Administration, and the Program Director of the International Masters of Business Administration with Professional Practice at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She has strategic involvements with wider & global higher education platforms and has published over 50 research outputs in leading academic journals & conference/ scholarly networks.

Chinny's research outputs have continued to gain wide attention and international recognitions including the Highly Commended Emeralds Literati Networks award. She serves as an editor and a reviewer in several peer-reviewed journals including the Built Environment, Project & Asset Management; Innovations in Education and Teaching Journal; International Journal of Learning; Research & Development, Science Publishing Group.

Muhammad Abrar, Ph.D.

Professor & Director, Lyallpur Business School (LBS), GC University Faisalabad, Pakistan

Dr.Muhammad Abrar is a Management Sciences (Marketing) Professor. Currently serving as a Professor & Director Lyallpur business school at Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He received his PhD in Business Administration (Marketing) from The Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan, P.R.China, and holds an MBA from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan and M.Sc. (Hons.) Agronomy degree from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is a well-known scholar in his research areas (Brand Management, Supply Chain Management, Digital Marketing, Services Marketing, Management, and Business Education.).His scholarly peer-reviewed research articles have been published in the top journals, e.g., Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Management Decision, Journal of Competitiveness, Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Economic and Industrial Democracy, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Chinese Management Studies, Autex Research Journal, SAGE Open, Quality & Quantity, Industria Textila, Journal of Islamic Marketing. He can be contacted at: abrarphd@gcuf.edu.pk.

Javier Cifuentes-Faura, Ph.D.

Researcher in the Department of Financial Economics and Accounting, University of Murcia

Javier Cifuentes-Faura works in the Department of Financial Economics and Accounting at the University of Murcia (Spain). He graduated in Business Administration and Management from the University of Murcia with the Extraordinary End of Degree Award and the best grade of the promotion. He has completed postgraduate studies such as the Master in Business Administration MBA and the Master in Commercial and Marketing Management at the European Business School of Barcelona, both with Cum Laude recognition for academic excellence. He has been awarded the "Economics and Business 2018" prize by the Official Association of Economists. His lines of research include those related to public administration and economics, business, education, and those related to sustainability and environment. He is a member of the work plan of the EDINSOST2 project: Integration of sustainable development objectives in sustainability education in Spanish university degrees. He has published in JCR and Scopus impact journals, such as Educational Review, Social Indicators Research, Evaluation Review or Journal of Policy Modeling. He has participated in several international conferences, being invited to some of them as keynote speaker.

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Anh L. Tran

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam (Subra), Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Finance at UCLA

Professor Subrahmanyam ("Subra") is currently a Distinguished Professor of Finance and the Goldyne and Irwin Hearsh Chair in Money and Banking at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the Anderson School in 1990. He was Assistant Professor at Columbia University from 1990 to 1993, and Visiting Associate Professor at Anderson in 1993-1994. His current research interests range from the relationship between the trading environment of a firm's stock and the firm's cost of capital to behavioral theories for asset price behavior to empirical determinants of the cross-section of equity returns. Professor Subrahmanyam is the author or coauthor of more than a hundred refereed journal articles on these and other subjects in leading finance and economics journals. He is a member of the Working Research Group on Market Microstructure recently established by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Mass.

Title of Speech: Leverage is a Double-Edged Sword

Anh L. Tran

Anh L. Tran, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance; Academic Director, M&A Research Centre
Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London

Dr Anh Tran is a Professor of Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business School) of City, University of London in August 2010. He is the Academic Director of the M&A Research Centre, the Director of the Business School's summer programme, a fellow of the Gupta Governance Institute, and a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is also a founding member, trustee and vice president of the Vietnam Finance Association International. Professor Tran's research interests are in empirical corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, institutional investors, executive compensation, and corporate governance. He has published many research articles in world leading journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Management Science. His research papers have been presented at more than 40 international conferences and 60 university seminars around the world. He has been a co-chair of the annual academic conference in M&A at the Business School and acting as a journal editorial board member and a reviewer for many journals and conferences in the field.

Link to profile on the university website: https://www.bayes.city.ac.uk/faculties-and-research/experts/anh-tran

Title of Speech: When and How Are Rule 10b5-1 Plans Used for Insider Stock Sales?

Javier Birchenall

Javier Birchenall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Javier Birchenall is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research interests are in macroeconomics and long-term economic growth, especially on the effects of disease on long-run economic development, demography and population economics, and labor market mismatch. His work includes studies on the quantity-quality trade-off in fertility, the relationship between economic growth and the secular decline in mortality, the role of non-market-based allocations in the provision of military services, and the influence of agricultural productivity on China's structural transformation. Professor Birchenall received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004 under the supervision of Professor Robert Fogel. He has hold visiting positions at Yonsei University (Korea), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Universidad del Rosario (Colombia). He is currently an Associate Editor of Economia, the journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). He joined the Economics Department at UCSB in 2004.

Title of Speech: Disease and Economic Development