Invited Speakers
We are pleased to announce that distinguished scholars Steven OngenaJosé María Labeaga, Ricardo Gimeno, M. Kabir Hassan, and Amine Tarazi will join the conference as the keynote speakers.

Steven Ongena is a professor of banking at the University of Zurich, a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, a research professor at KU Leuven, and a research fellow in financial economics of CEPR. He is also a research professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank. He has been cited more than 12,000 according to Google Scholar and published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, Review of Finance, and Review of Financial Studies, among other journals. He co-authored, with Hans Degryse and Moshe Kim, the graduate textbook Microeconometrics of Banking: Methods, Applications and Results published by Oxford University Press. He is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry, the International Review of Finance and the Journal of Financial Services Research, and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Stability, Economic Notes, the Asian Review of Financial Research, the Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions, and the Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences. In past, he has served as a co-editor for the Review of Finance and as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the European Economic Review and the Journal of Banking and Finance, among other journals. He is a fellow of CFS and serves on the scientific advisory board of EBES, FINEST, GOLCER, the Halle Institute for Economic Research, IBEFA, the Research Data and Service Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank and SAFE.

José María Labeaga is a full professor of economics at the National Distance Education University (UNED), where he was the director of the Graduate School and he is now Director of the Ph.D. Program in Economics and Business. He is also a member of the research group ERGON (Economic Research in Energy Efficiency) and Research Affiliated at Economics for Energy. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability and he has served as editor and associate editor of several academic journals and as a referee for more than 50 international journals. He was also General Director of the Spanish Institute for Fiscal Studies and director of the Chair FEDEA-BBVA of New Consumers. His papers have been published in journals such as the Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Economics Letters, Health Economics, and many other academic journals. His current research interests lie in fields like the analysis of individual behavior in demand, consumption and labor supply decisions, as well as microsimulation and evaluation of public policies.

Ricardo Gimeno
is the head of the Market Analysis and Intelligence Division at the Banco de España. Prior to this position, he worked as visiting economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), visiting professor at CEMFI (Spain), part-time visiting professor at the New York University, senior economist at the European Central Bank, visiting fellow at the International Center of Finance, Yale University (U.S.A.) and Assistant Professor at ICADE (Spain). He is a well-known academician who has published articles in many leading journals such as the Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Banking and Finance. His current research interests include asset pricing, inflation expectation, and corporate governance.

M. Kabir Hassan is Professor of Finance and Hibernia Professor of Economics and Finance at University of New Orleans (USA), where he holds three endowed Chairs. He has consulting, research and teaching experiences in development finance, money and capital markets, Islamic finance, corporate finance, investments, monetary economics, macroeconomics, Islamic banking and finance, and international trade and finance. Prof. Hassan has done consulting work for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, Transparency International-Bangladesh (TIB), Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Government of Turkey and many private organizations. He has also been elected a Board Member of Ethics and Governance Committee and Education Board of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for the Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). Prof. Hassan has provided academic leaderships to several organizations such as President of Southwest Finance Association (SWFA)Southwestern Society of Economist (SSE)Academy of International Business-US Southwest and Academy of Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB). He is currently board member of Southern Finance Association (SFA)Prof. Hassan has over 350 papers published as book chapters and in top refereed academic journals. The number of publications would put Prof. Hassan in the top 1% of peers who continue to publish one refereed article per year over a long period of time according to an article published in Journal of Finance. His research interests are banking, finance, islamic finance, economic development, and monetary economics. His research has been cited more than 21K+ according to Google Scholar. He is also among the top 5% authors according to number of Journal Pages at RePAC/IDEAS. He has won 32 Best Paper Awards from academic conference presentations. Prof. Hassan has been honored by the fellow members of Academy of Economics and Finance for life-long contribution to teaching and research in 2016 and 2018 respectively. For his outstanding research and scholarly work, Prof. Hassan has been recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by UNO Research Council in 2019. Prof. Hassan is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Senior Editor of International Journal of Emerging Markets and Associate Editor of Review of International Business and FinanceInternational Review of Economics and Finance, and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. He has guest edited special Issues of many journals as well.

Amine Tarazi is a professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Limoges (France) where he is currently the Director of a research center, LAPE, and Head of Master and PhD programs in Banking and Finance. He was appointed as a senior fellow of IUF (Institut Universitaire de France) in 2017 for recognition of his research achievements. He served as a Vice-President in charge of Research and President of the Scientific Board of the University and as head of the Economics Department and head of international affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Limoges in 1992 and holds an MSc in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham (UK). He also served as a research consultant for ACPR (French Prudential Supervisory Authority), where he is currently a member of the Scientific Committee, and has visited universities in many countries. He has coordinated several European Commission backed research projects and other international research programs and grants. In particular, he has acted as the global coordinator of the European Commission ASIALINK/B7-301/2005/105-139 program and is currently the global coordinator of the European Commission OPTBANK program involving various universities in Europe and Asia. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Money Credit and Banking, the Journal of Financial Stability, the European Journal of Finance and other finance and economics journals. He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. His current research interests relate to financial institutions, bank risk and prudential regulation. His works have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Comparative Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Financial Services Research, and others.  

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