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.

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.

Operations Team

Name Title Support Area
Nicola Boyle​ Operations Manager, Centre for  Financial and Corporate Integrity​ Leadership, HE Administration Management, Coaching and Mentoring​

Applied Economic Analysis & Policy

Name Title

Research Interests

Dr Abay Mulatu​ Associate Professor and Cluster Lead ​for Applied Economic Analysis and Policy (AEAP)​ Impact assessment; Economic geography; International trade; Development economics; Environmental economics​
Professor Mansoob Murshed​​ Professor of Economics Macroeconomics; Aid Conditionality; Economics of Conflict; International economics; Political economy of Natural Resource Management​

Finance and Governance

Name Title Research Interests
​Professor Panagiotis Andrikopoulos Executive Director, Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity Stakeholder Theory; Corporate Finance; Behavioural Finance; Empirical Asset Pricing
Professor Ahmed El-Masry​ Professor in Corporate Finance and Governance, Cluster Lead for Finance and Governance (FG)​ 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  Professor of Finance Corporate finance and corporate governance
Professor Nathan Lael Joseph Professor of Accounting and Finance Governance and financial integrity, fund performance, asset pricing and risk management, regulation of financial markets, financial market crashes, time series analysis (including GARCH-type processes), accounting disclosure, financial and accounting regulation, mergers and acquisitions, information content of internet message boards.
Dr Thang Nguyen Assistant Professor of Finance Fintech and crowdfunding, Entrepreneurial finance, Corporate Finance and corporate diversification
Dr Jin Suk Park​ Associate Professor and PGR Director Instability in stock, foreign exchange and commodity futures markets; Interaction between the economy and financial markets; Sectoral studies - port, maritime and transportation industries; Regional studies - East Asia and Europe

Law, Risk and Compliance

Name Title Research Interests
​Dr Adam Abukari Research Fellow Rule of Law and Justice; Tax law and tax crime; environmental law; company law, compliance and contracting; EU law and public procurement; UN law; World Bank operations; interrelationship between internation and municipal law.
Dr Nathanael Tilahun  Assistant Professor of Law Financial Crime (AML/CFT), economic sanctions, global security governance/compliance of financial crimes and critical/theoretical/and socio-legal approaches to international law in general.
​Professor Umut Turksen​ Professor in Law, Cluster Lead for Law, Risk and Compliance (LRC) ​Financial Crime, Compliance and Risk, EU Energy Security and Law, Comparitive Counter-terrorism and Societal Security, International Trade and Economic Law, Digitial Property and Assets.​
Dr Donato Vozza​ ​Research Fellow  


Our Research Associates play a vital role in supporting our projects and are alligned to one of the three research clusters which make up the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity: Law, Risk and Compliance (LRC), Finance and Governance (FG) and Applied Economic Analysis and Policy (AEAP).


Applied Economic Analysis & Policy

Name Title
Dr Anna Cartwright Associate Professor in Economics ​(EFA)
Dr Ayse Demir  Lecturer in Economics
Dr Judith Kabajulizi​ Lecturer in Economics​ (EFA)
Dr Gueorgui Kolev Assistant Professor in Economics
Dr Piotr Lis Associate Professor in Economics​ (EFA)
Dr Mehtap Hisarciklilar​ Assistant Professor in Economics​ (EFA)
Dr Waseem Toraubally​ Assistant Professor in Economics (EFA)​


Finance and Governance

Name Title
Dr Salem Alhabasah​ Assistant Professor in Accounting (EFA)
Dr Loai Ali Alsaid Assistant Professor
Dr Ambisisi Ambituuni​ Assistant Professor in Project Management
Dr Kenneth Baldwin Assistant Professor
Dr Thanh Huynh Assistant Professor- Entrepreneurship
Dr Masud Ibrahim  Assistant Professor
Dr Sarkar Kabir​ Associate Professor in Finance​ (EFA)
Dr Andrews Owusu ​ Associate Professor in Accounting​ (EFA)
Dr Daniel Santamaria Associate Head of School - Research (EFA) and Associate Professor in Finance​ (EFA)
Dr Jia Shao​ Lecturer in Statistics​ (EFA)
Dr Sailesh Tanna Associate Professor in Finance​ (EFA)
Dr Da Teng Assistant Professor in Strategic Management​
Dr ​Jun Wang Assistant Professor in Finance​ (EFA)
Dr Sandar Win  Associate Professor


Law, Risk and Compliance

Name Title
Dr Costantino Grasso​ Assistant Professor in Law​ (EFA)​​
Dr Wangwei Lin​ Assistant Professor in Law​ (CLS)
Dr Stuart MacLennan​ ​Assistant Professor in Law (CLS)
Dr Lorenzo Pasculli​ Associate Head of School - Research (Law) - Assistant Professor in Law​ (CLS)

ASPiRE Fellows

Our ASPiRE Fellows are enrolled on The Academic Support Programme in Research Excellence (ASPiRE) which supports early career academics, with strong research promise, to access the University's rich research environment and work towards becoming independent researchers.


Applied Economic Analysis & Policy

Name Title Research Interests
Dr Eliana Lauretta Lecturer in Finance Business Cycles / Financial Stability / Monetary & Regulatory Policy / Financial Innovation / Financial Crisis
Dr Akin Sharimakin Lecturer in Economics Energy Economics / Environmental Economics / Efficiency & Productivity Analysis


Finance and Governance

Name Title Research Interests
Dr Ahmad Abras ​Lecturer in Accounting Islamic Financial Reporting / NGO / International Accounting / CSR + Business Ethics
Dr Alaa Alhaj Ismail Assistant Professor​​​ Financial Reporting / Corporate Governance / Executive + Employees Pay / Firm Value + Performance
Dr Jiaqi  Guo Lecturer in Finance Crowdfunding / herding / momentum / sentiment / market anomalies /asset pricing 
Dr Rasha Kassem Assistant Professor Audit / Fraud / Corporate Governance / Business Ethics / CSR / Qualitative Research
Dr Amir Khorasgani Assistant Professor SMEs Finance / Credit risk Management / Credit Risk Modelling / Basel Regulation / Corporate Finance
Dr Abdurafiu Noah Lecturer in Accounting Biodiversity Accounting / CSR / Government Accounting Reforms / Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Dr Styliani (Elina) Panetsidou Lecturer in Finance Corporate Finance / Financial Markets / Private Equity / Insider Trading / Fintech / Blockchain + Digital Currencies
Dr Ahmad Saleh Assistant Professor Tax Evasion / International Accounting Standards / Reporting Quality + the Cost of Equity + Debt
Dr Angelos  Synapis Lecturer in Finance​ Corporate Finance / Financial Markets / Private Equity / Insider Trading / Fintech / Blockchain + Digital Currencies
Dr Boying Xu Lecturer in Finance Private Equity / M&A / Dividend Payout / CSR


Law, Risk and Compliance

Name Title Research Interests
Dr Amber Darr Lecturer in Law​ Commercial Law / Competition Law / South Asian Legal Studies
Dr Gavin Leigh Assistant Professor​ Criminal Law

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, Associates and ASPiRE fellows.

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 Jon Tucker

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Jon Tucker is a Professor of Finance in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance at the Faculty of Business and Law, the University of the West of England, Visiting Professor in Finance at Coventry University, and Visiting Professor in Finance at the Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Jon was formerly the Director of the Centre for Global Finance, and now a member of BCEF. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and formerly acted as Chief Examiner for Investment Analysis for that body. Jon is on the editorial board and referee panel of a wide range of accounting, economics and finance journals.

Professor Brigitte Unger

University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Prof Unger holds the chair of Economics of the Public Sector at the Utrecht University School of Economics. From 2012 till 2015 Brigitte Unger was also Director of the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences (WSI), in Düsseldorf. Her publications are on Corporatism, Economic Policy, Tax Competition and Money Laundering. She has measured Money Laundering for the Netherlands in 2006, has published three books with Edward Elgar on Money Laundering and several academic articles on it. Furthermore, she is consultant of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC, the EU and EUROSTAT on Money Laundering issues.

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