Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Jonathan BattenDouglas CummingKevin Lang, Narjess Boubakri, Keun Lee, Wolfgang Kürsten, Christos Kollias, and Michael Chletsos will join the conference as the keynote speakers and/or invited editors.


Jonathan Batten is professor of finance and CIMB-UUM Chair in Banking and Finance at the School of Economics, Finance and Banking at the University Utara Malaysia (Malaysia). Prior to this position, he worked at the Monash University (Australia), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and Seoul National University (Korea). He is a well-known academician who has published articles in many of the leading economics and finance journals and currently serves as the Editor of Emerging Markets Review (SSCI), Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (SSCI), and Finance Research Letters (SSCI). He was also the President of EBES from July 2014 till December 2018. His current research interests include: financial market development and risk management; spread modelling arbitrage and market integration; and the investigation of the non-linear dynamics of financial prices.


Douglas Cumming, J.D., Ph.D., CFA, is the DeSantis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Florida Atlantic University (USA). In his prior position, he was a Professor and the Ontario Research Chair at York University (Canada) and has also held visiting appointments at Essex Business School, Kobe University, and EMLyon, among others. He has published over 18 academic books and 150 articles in leading refereed academic journals in finance, management, and law and economics, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking &Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.  His papers were cited more than 17K (Google Scholar). He is currently serving in numerous academic journals: Review of Corporate Finance (Founding Editor-in-Chief), British Journal of Management (Managing Editor-in-Chief), Corporate Governance: An International Review (Co-Editor), European Journal of Finance (Assoc. Editor), Studies in Economics and Finance (Assoc. Editor), and Journal of Banking and Finance (Assoc. Editor). Previously, he was the Managing Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Corporate Finance and Finance Research Letters and Co-Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His areas of expertise are crowdfunding, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and law & finance. He earned both a law degree and a doctoral degree in Economics and Finance at the University of Toronto.


Kevin Lang is a professor in the Department of Economics at Boston University (USA), elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College, London), a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn) and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Employment Research Forum. He served as a co-editor of Labour Economics, the Journal of the European Association of Labor Economists and remains as an associate editor. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Labor Economics. Prior to BU, he spent a year at the NBER as an Olin Foundation Fellow and before that was an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has also visited MIT as a visiting scholar and professor and spent his sabbatical at the Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australia) and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration. He has published many articles in top journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. His research interests are economics of labor markets and education, including such topics as discrimination, unemployment, the relation between education and earnings and the relation between housing prices, taxes and local services. He earned his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).


Narjess Boubakri is professor of Finance at American University of Sharjah (AUS) (United Arab Emirates) where she joined in 2007. She is currently the Dean of the School of Business Administration at AUS as well. She has taught at Laval University and HEC Montreal School of Business (Canada). She has also several editorial roles at leading journals such as Editor (Finance Research Letters), Co-Editor (Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance), Associate Editor (Journal of Corporate Finance), and Subject Editor (Emerging Markets Review; Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money; and Journal of International Business Policy). Her papers were published in well-known journals such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Accounting Research. Her research has been widely cited (Google Scholar=6,000+). Her research areas are Corporate Governance, Privatization, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal and Political Institutions, Lobbying, and Earnings Management.


Keun Lee  is a Professor of Economics at the Seoul National University (South Korea). He had also short-term positions at University of California, Davis (USA) and University of Aberdeen (UK). He was the winner of the 2014 Schumpeter Prize for his monograph on Schumpeterian Analysis of Economic Catch-up (2013 Cambridge Univ. Press). He is currently the Editor of Research Policy, an associate editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, and a council member of the World Economic Forum since 2016. He served as the President of the International Schumpeter Society (2016-18), a member of the Committee for Development Policy of UN (2014-18). One of his most cited articles is a paper on Korea’s Technological Catch-up published in Research Policy, with 1.3K citations (Google Scholar). His research areas are economics of development, transition, and catch-up, economics of innovation, and corporate organization and growth, among others. He obtained Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).


Wolfgang Kürsten is a Full Professor at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. Prior to his current role, he worked in many leading institutions such as the Catholic University of Eichst, Germany, the University of Zürich, Switzerland, and University of Hannover, Germany, among others. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Operations Research Spectrum - Quantitative Approaches in Management and the Managing Editor of Review of Managerial Science (SSCI). He also served as Co-Editor in Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft and Operations Research Spectrum-Quantitative Approaches in Management. He has published many articles in journals such as Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics and Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft. His research interests include investments, capital structure, and asymmetric information, optimal credit contracts under moral hazard, credit rationing, asset-liability-management of banks, hedging with derivatives, stock options, and management incentives, corporate finance and governance, risk measures and stochastic dominance, decisions under uncertainty, mergers and acquisitions and firm valuation. 


Christos Kollias is a Professor of Applied Economics and Acting Dean at the University of Thessaly, Greece. In his career, he has published more than 100 papers and many edited volumes and books. His papers were published in many of the leading journals such as Journal of Multinational Financial ManagementApplied EconomicsApplied Economics LettersFinance Research LettersPublic ChoiceSouthern Economic Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics. He is currently the Editor of Defence and Peace Economics (SSCI) and a member of the Editorial Boards of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy and the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and a member of the governing body of the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS). His research interests include defence economics, terrorism, international political economy, and applied macroeconomics.

Michael Chletsos
 is a Professor of Economic Analysis at the Department of Economics at the University of Piraeus where he is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Program. Prior to his current position, he taught at the University of Thessaly, the University of Crete, and the University of Ioannina. He was the head of the Dept. of Economics at the University of Ioannina and a senior researcher at the National Labour Institute and the Centre of Planning and Economic Research and Director of the Research Department of the Employment Observatory Research and Informatics S.A. He has been elected by Cedefop to serve as National Expert in skills forecasting and labor market developments. His research interests are labor economics, public economics, health economics and economics of social protection, poverty, and income inequalities, and economics of education. He holds a Ph.D. in economics degree from the Univerisity of Picardie - France.


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