Organising Committee

The Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance research group is committed to raising the standard and practical value of research in our field. Find out more about the faculty leading the FIRCG research group below:

Dr. Nadia Massoud

Professor (Finance) Associate Dean of Research at MBS
Qualifications: Ian Potter Chair of Finance PhD (Queen's), MEc (Waterloo)

Dr. Nadia Massoud is the Ian Potter Professor of Finance. Nadia earned her Ph.D. from Queen’s University and her Master of Economics from the University of Waterloo. Nadia has conducted extensive research in the areas of financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate governance and market microstructure.

Her research has been published in major academic journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, Journal of financial economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Rand Journal of Economics and has also won several prestigious awards and grants including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC, Canada.


Dr. Renée Adams

Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Economics (University of Chicago), M.S. in Mathematics (Stanford University)

Renée B. Adams is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales. She is also the Director of UNSW Business School’s Women in Leadership Network, an Affiliate of LSE’s Financial Markets Group, Senior Fellow at the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research and Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Since 2016, she is a Finance editor at Management Science. She holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Professor Adams’ research focuses on the organization of corporate boards. She has written papers examining the information flow between managers and the board, gender diversity on boards, governance problems in banks, group decision-making on boards and the governance of central banks. She has published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies and Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Adams’ interest in gender diversity is not limited to research. In 2012, Professor Adams founded The F.E.W. (The Financial Economics Women Network)-a support, development and lobbying group for female academics in Finance and Economics. She co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s “Academic Female Finance Committee”, in 2015.

Dr. Ali Akyol

Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Qualifications: PhD in Finance (University of Alabama)

Dr. Ali Akyol has a Ph.D in Finance from University of Alabama. Ali is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the University of Melbourne. Ali joined the Department in July 2007 after gaining his PhD in Finance from the University of Alabama.

Ali’s research interests are primarily in corporate governance.



Scientific Committee

The scientific committee peer reviews the submitted papers for the annual conference to ensure that the papers selected are of high quality and reflect innovation.
Name Institution
Margaret  Abernethy University of Melbourne
Anat Admati Stanford University
Ilona Babenko Arizona State University
Marieke Bos The Swedish House of Finance
Laura Bottazzi Bocconi University
Susan Christoffersen University of Toronto
Claudia Custodio NOVA School of Business and Economics, Lisbon
Diane Del Guercio University of Oregon
Amy Dittmar University of Michigan
Laura Field University of Delaware
Mariassunta Giannetti Stockholm School of Economics
Maria Guadalupe INSEAD
Wei Jiang Columbia University
Jennifer Juergens Drexel University
Simi Kedia Rutgers Business School
Yelena Larkin York University
Kai Li University of British Columbia
Angie Low Nangyang Technological University
Michelle Lowry Drexel Uniersity
Bernadette Minton Ohio State University
Lalitha Naveen Temple University
Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi University of Mannheim
Charlotte Østergaard BI Oslo
Helen Popper Santa Clara University, California
Manju Puri Duke University
Meijun Qian Australian National University
Wenlan Qian National University of Singapore
Vanitha Ragunathan University of Queensland
Clara Raposo ISEG Lisbon
Elena Simintzi University of British Columbia
Betty Simkins Oklahoma State University
Laura Starks University of Texas at Austin
Miriam Swartz-Ziv Michigan State University
Karin Thorburn Dartmouth College
Margarita Tsoutsoura University of Chicago
Toni Whited University of Michigan
Yupana Wiwattanakantang National University of Singapore
Anne Wyatt University of Queensland
Moqi Xu London School of Economics
Danielle Zhang BI Norwegian business school
Weina Zhang National University of Singapore
Mengxin Zhao University of Alberta