Find out more about confirmed speakers for the Quantitative Finance and Risk Analysis 2018. 

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Professor Soosung Hwang

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Soosung Hwang is a Professor of Financial Economics at College of Economics, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul. His main research area is asset pricing in both cross-section and time series over different markets such as equities, real estate, and emerging markets. He is also interested in portfolio theory, performance measures, financial econometrics, and behavioural aspects of investors in financial markets.

He has published over 40 academic papers, and acted as a referee or an associate editor for various finance/economics journals. He has extensive work experience in finance industry: he has worked as a fund manager/consultant for several hedge funds and investment banks in London and Seoul.

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Professor Neil Kellard

Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK

Neil Kellard is a Professor of Finance at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Currently, Neil also holds several external positions including as a non-executive trustee of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) and scientific committee member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools' (CABS) International Guide to Academic Journal Quality.  Previous roles include Deputy Director, member of the Senior Management Team and Head of the Finance Group for Essex Business School. 

Neil’s research examines the linkages between commodity price behaviour, high frequency and big data, growth and poverty, investment and risk management, derivative markets and financial econometrics. 

He has published several papers in international journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the British Journal of Management, Social Science and Medicine, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Journal of Futures Markets. 

Neil has advised a number of organisations and his research has been cited by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and UN Food and Agricultural Organisation amongst others.

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Professor Stavros A. Zenios

University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Stavros A. Zenios is a professor of finance and management science at University of Cyprus and Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, USA. He currently holds a Marie Curie fellowship working on sovereign debt risk management.

He published more than 150 scholarly articles in some of the leading journals in the fields of finance, management science and operations research. His specialization is financial risk management. He authored five books with Cambridge University Press, Blackwell and Wiley Finance. He co-authored with Yair Censor the award-winning book "Parallel Optimization", Oxford University Press. His book with Patrick Harker on "Performance of Financial Institutions" was translated in Chinese. A list of publications is posted on ResearchGate with h-index 48 on Google Scholar and several prizes and awards.

He was a tenured associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and held visiting appointments at MIT (USA), University of Haifa (IL), Athens University of Economics and Management (GR), University of Bergamo (IT), Universidad San Andres (AR) and the Bruegel think tank in Brussels. He lectures extensively internationally. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Stability Mechanism, and several financial institutions in the USA, Switzerland, Italy and Cyprus (none of which is currently bankrupt).

He served on the Board of Central Bank of Cyprus and two 8-year terms as President of UNICA-Universities of European Capitals and Rector of University of Cyprus. His latest book discusses an agenda for political reform of Cyprus, PAPAZISIS Publishers, Athens.

With his wife Nina they climbed Kilimanjaro on August 17, 2002, reaching Uhuru peak (5,895m.) at 8.20am.