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Meet the team

The Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI) has a strong Research Team and support staff who are not only delivering impactful research affecting policy and governance of UK and international business, but also creating an exciting and innovative environment for Post Graduate Researchers and early career researchers.

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Core staff

The core staff at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity are highly skilled researchers and each contribute unique background and expertise to promote our vast research portfolio.

Name Title Research Interests
Professor Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Executive Director, Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity Stakeholder heory; Corporate Finance; Behavioural Finance; Empirical Asset Pricing
Dr Jin Suk Park PGR Director Strategic Lead Applied Econometrics, Financial Econometrics, Sectoral and Regional Studies
Professor Umut Turksen Law, Risk and Compliance Theme Lead Financial Crime, Compliance and Risk, EU Energy Security and Law, Comparitive Counter-terrorism and Societal Security, International Trade and Economic Law, Digital Property and Assets - https://protax-project.eu/ 
Professor Ahmed El-Masry Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Theme Lead Corporate governance, Risk management, Leverage (distress risk) and stock returns, Islamic finance, Dividend policy, Capital structure, Capital adequacy, Market efficiency/anomalies, Credit risk in SMES, Mergers and acquisitions, Financial stability, Financial inclusion, Prediction using neural networks and machine learning
Professor Yilmaz Guney Financial Innovation and Stability Theme Lead Corporate finance and corporate governance
Dr Dimitrios Kafteranis Assistant Professor in Law - Law, Risk and Compliance Financial crimes, whistle-blowing, new technologies
Dr Adam Abukari Research Fellow - Law, Risk and Compliance Financial crime; energy security; sustainable development; the rule of law and justice
Dr. Abay Mulatu Associate Professor of Economics -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Impact assessment; economic geography; international trade; development economics; environmental economics
Dr Angelos Sinapis Assistant Professor of Finance -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability ESG and responsible finance, financial regulations, financial performance, insider trading, market-based accounting, and M&As
Dr Rita Goyal Assistant Professor -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Women on boards, board diversity, board effectiveness, board chairs and role effectiveness, women on boards and the glass cliff, enlightened leadership, functional diversity on boards, passport diversity on boards
Dr Folajimi Ashiru Assistant Professor -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Corporate governance
Dr Alaa Alhaj Ismail Assistant Professor -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Accounting quality, accounting regulations, fair value accounting, accounting for financial institutions, corporate governance including employees and executives’ engagement and pay, corporate social responsibility (CSR) with focus on customers and employees
Dr Styliani (Elina) Panetsidou Assistant Professor of Finance -Corporate Finance, Governance and Sustainability Corporate finance, financial markets, corporate governance, private equity, insider trading
Dr Daniel Santamaria Associate Professor of Finance - Financial Innovation and Stability Financial economics, contagion, asset pricing models, global financial markets, money and fixed income markets
Dr Mehtap Hisarciklilar
Associate Professor of Economics - Financial Innovation and Stability Labour and education economics; investment decision, location choice and host economy effects of foreign direct investment; firm innovation and firm performance
Dr Jeiel Joseph Assistant Professor in Law AI application to financial crime; technology and law (general)

Visiting Professors/Scholars

Visiting academics are an important asset to any research teams. Our Visiting Professors/Scholars are a valuable addition to the CFCI team and compliment the expertise of our Core staff.

Professor Michael Adams

Western Sydney University, Australia

Professor Adams is an internationally recognised specialist in corporate law, governance, securities markets regulation. He has been writing, teaching and regularly presenting on all these topics for over 20 years.

Professor Nicholas Ryder

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Prof Ryder is a Professor in Financial Crime who has authored four monographs The Financial War on Terror (2015), The Financial Crisis and White Collar Crime (2014), Money laundering an endless cycle (2012) and Financial Crime in the 21st Century (2011). Nicholas has also published two edited collections The Financial Crisis and White Collar Crime - Legislative and Policy Responses (2017) and Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis: Policy, Trends and Sanctions (2014).

He has also authored three text books The Law Relating to Financial Crime in the United Kingdom (2013 and 2016) and Commercial Law: Principles and Policy (2012). Nicholas is the series founder and editor for Routledge's The Law Relating to Financial Crime and is a member of several editorial boards and contributing editor for Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice. Nicholas is the Co-I for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats.

Professor Mahmoud Mohieldin

Cairo University, Egypt

Professor Mohieldin is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science and an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development.

He is the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt. He is an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund and has been the United Nations Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda since February 2020.

Professor Douglas Cumming

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Douglas Cumming, J.D., Ph.D., CFA, is the DeSantis Distinguished Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at the College of Business, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Douglas is also a Visiting Professor of Finance at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK. Previously, Douglas was a Professor and the Ontario Research Chair at the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada from 2007-2018. He has held prior visiting appointments at Essex Business School, Kobe University, EMLyon, RMIT, and University of Bergamo, among others.

Douglas is the Managing Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Corporate Finance. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. He is a former Managing Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Management and the Journal of Corporate Finance. He is an Editor of Corporate Governance: An International Review. He is the Founding Editor of Annals of Corporate Governance and a former Co-Editor of Finance Research Letters and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Economic Modelling, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Studies in Economics and Finance, and an Editorial Board member of numerous academic journals.

In November 2022, Douglas was listed by Clarivate as one of the top 92 most cited researchers in the world in the business and economics category. Douglas' work has been cited over 27,500 times according to Google Scholar.

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