7 – 8 June, 2012 | London, UK

2nd International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society

Keynote Speakers

Lucio Sarno, University of London, UK

Lucio Sarno is Professor of Finance at Cass Business School, City, University of London, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Warwick, the University of Oxford and Columbia University. Lucio’s main research and teaching interests are in international finance, empirical asset pricing, and asset management. He also has broad interests in macroeconomics and its interaction with financial markets, especially the effects of monetary and exchange rate policy. He is the author over 80 articles, published in top finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, as well as general and top field journals in economics. He has authored and edited several books, including the Handbook of Exchange Rates (Wiley, 2012) and the graduate textbook The Economics of Exchange Rates (Cambridge University Press, 2003). His work is often featured or quoted in the press, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Lucio's research has received funding from several agencies, including three ESRC grants and three INQUIRE grants, and has been awarded the Best Paper Prize for Investments by the Western Finance Association in 2013, Best Paper Prizes by INQUIRE both in 2010 and 2011, the 2007 CEPR Prize for the Best Central Bank Research Paper, the 2017 CFA Institute Best Paper Prize at the FIRN Annual Conference, and the 2017 Runner-up Prize by WINNER (Wealth Innovation, Neuro- and Entrepreneurial Results). In 2011, he was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their “40 under 40”, a listing of the best 40 business schools professors under the age of 40. In addition to teaching and doing research, Lucio has been involved in policy advice, training, research and consulting projects for a number of institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and St. Louis, the Bank of Canada, the Central Bank of Norway, the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the World Bank, and the European Commission. He has wide-ranging consulting experience (over 15 years), involving some of the world's leading asset management firms, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, investment banks, and their research units, and has held senior positions outside academia, including as Director of Currency Research at AXA Investment Managers. He is currently a member of the Senior Advisory Board ("Consiglio degli Esperti") of the Department of the Treasury of Italy.


Ike Mathur, Southern Illinois University, USA

Ike Mathur is Professor of Finance, Department of Finance, at Southern Illinois University. During 2001-2002 he was Visiting Professor of Finance at the nationally ranked Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He has previously taught at the Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh He has published in Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Economic Letters, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of Macromarketing. His extensive managerial experience includes serving as Interim Dean for the College of Business, Chair of the Department of Finance, and Director of Doctoral programs, all at SIUC. He is the author or co-author of over 120 articles and 14 books, two of them being European Equity Markets and Corporate Financial Decisions (with John Doukas), and Wealth Creation in Eastern Europe (with Fred R. Kaen). He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals and was the executive editor of Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and of Journal of Multinational Financial Management, both published by Elsevier Science. Currently, he is the executive co-editor of the prestigious Journal of Banking and Finance. During 1983/84, he was Fulbright Professor of International Business at Turku School of Economics in Finland and during 1993/94 he was Fulbright Professor of International Finance at Portuguese Catholic University in Portugal. He has served as a consultant to numerous agencies including USAID and AMIDEAST, and has extensive training and evaluation experience in the Mideast, China, the Pacific Rim, and Europe He is listed in a variety of directories including Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Community Leaders of America, and Who’s Who Among Asian Americans. In 1995, 1998 and 2006 he was named Researcher of the Year in the College of Business and Administration, SIUC.

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