Mustapha Wasseja joined the PhD programme in Economics at the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in 2018. Mustapha obtained his MSc Economics from University of Leeds and BSc Economics and Statistics from Kenya. His research area is on monetary and fiscal policy interactions and their impact on Trade in Nigeria in a DSGE framework. Mustapha is being supervised by Dr Atanas Christev and Prof Arnab Bhattacharjee. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt, Mustapha was working as a Medical Statistician for the Wellcome-Trust Research Programme in Kenya.
Romi Hartarto joined the economics group in November 2017. Under the supervision of Prof. Arnab Bhattacharjee and Dr. Catharine Porter, his research focuses on the impact of conditonal cash transfer on the consumption behaviour of the poor households. His areas of interest are development economics, economic policy, and subjective well-being. He is a teaching assistant for introductory macroeconomics. He holds bachelor’s degree in economics (Hons) from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (2012) and master’s degree in economics with distinction from Macquarie University, Australia (2015). Prior to joining in the group, he has two years of teaching experience in Indonesia.
Xin (Mark) Wang joined the economics group at Heriot-Watt University in October 2013 as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Arnab Bhattacharjee and Professor Mark Schaffer. His PhD research focuses on semi-parametric econometric theory and methodologies, specifically varying coefficient regression methods, as well as their applications in the spatial setting. Apart from PhD research, he is also interested in various topics, such as causality/treatment effect model (e.g. Matching/DID/RDD), spatial and spatial temporal statistics, functional data analysis, high dimensional regression, statistical ill-posed problem, urban economics and policy, etc. He holds an MSc in Economics (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh and currently works at HSBC.
Sergii Kozik joined the Economics group in January 2015. Under the supervision of Prof David Cobham and Dr Atanas Christev, Sergii’s main research fields are macroeconomics, monetary economics and finance. His PhD research includes three major studies. In the first chapter, Sergii assesses the performance of inflation targeting contrasting it with other monetary regimes such as exchange rate, nominal GDP or monetary targeting. In a second chapter, Sergii analyses the importance of fundamentals and policy as determinants of the recovery after the financial crisis. Finally, in the third chapter, he constructs a dataset of fiscal policy decisions of OECD countries in a period 2006-2015.Sergii is presently a teaching assistant on the Intermediate Macroeconomics course. He has also tutored Introductory Economics (both Micro and Macro) and supervised Econometrics Projects on the topic “Determinants of Exposure to the Financial Crisis”. Sergii has presented his work at the 48th Money Macro Finance Conference (September 2016) and at the annual PhD Conferences in Crieff (January 2016, January 2017). He holds an MSc in Economics (Finance) at the University of Edinburgh.
Rong Fu joined the economics group in September 2015. Under the supervision of Professor Joseph Byrne and Dr Andrea Eross, her research focuses on financial economics and Bayesian econometrics. Rong’s thesis investigates out-of-sample predictability of stock returns and time-varying financial integration. Her research implements high computational Bayesian methodologies. Rong is a teaching assistant for introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. She holds an MSc in Economics and Finance with distinction from University of Edinburgh and BSc in Statistics from East China Normal University. Rong presented her research at the Royal Economic Society conference in 2017.
Wei Fan joined the economics group in September 2015. Under the supervision of Dr Catherine Porter and Dr Philippe LeMay-Boucher, her research focuses on early childhood development and skills development in developing countries, such as India and Ethiopia. She specifically studies the technology of human capital formation and parental responses to children's early life development. Wei is a teaching assistant for introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. She holds an MSc in Economics with distinction from University of Edinburgh.
Olga Eigner (née Demyanova) joined the department of Economics at Heriot-Watt University in September 2014. She holds a BA degree in Business Economics and Finance from Cleveland State University and a MSc degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University as a doctoral candidate, she worked for financial industry in financial regulation and portfolio analysis capacities and for mortgage industry in managerial role overseeing delinquent mortgage loans across the US. Olga served as a UN volunteer promoting environmental protection and alleviation of extreme poverty. Olga's research interests lie in the areas of environmental economics, general equilibrium and input-output analysis. Her doctoral thesis is aimed at quantifying the environmental impact of using an outdated technology in energy industry of a single region as well as at quantifying the environmental and economic impacts of the technology modernization in energy and transportation sectors of the single region. Olga's PhD project is supervised by Professor Mark Schaffer, Dr Atanas Christev and Professor Karen Turner (external supervisor). Further details can be found at odemyanova.com.
Yeshwas Bogale joined the PhD programme in Economics at the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in 2016. Yeshwas obtained MSc degree (Cand. Polit.) in Economics from University of Copenhagen. His main research interests are migration, trade and development economics in general. Yeshwas is being supervised by Dr Catherine Porter and Dr Philippe LeMay-Bouche.
Javaad Hussnain joined the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance in September 2017. His PhD research focuses on the conventional and nonconventional bond market, under the supervision of Dr Boulis Ibrahim. He was awarded the Departmental Prize for MSc Investment Management and holds an MA in Accounting and Finance. Before starting his PhD, he worked in the finance industry as an Investment Analyst. Javaad is also involved in teaching and marking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in: Financial Derivatives, International Bonds and Currency Markets, Introduction to Finance and Financial Markets Theory. He is currently a member of the Centre for Finance and Investment (CFI) as well as Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre at Heriot-Watt University.
Hoang Nguyen started her PhD in January 2016. Her supervisors are Dr. Boulis M. Ibrahim and Dr. Bing Xu. Her main research area is Market Microstructure. She is interested in linking different aspects of market microstructure, such as price discovery process, volatility and liquidity, to specific corporate events, on an intraday basis. She is also a teaching assistant on several finance courses at undergraduate level: Introduction to Finance, Corporate Financial Theory, and Managing Corporate Value. Before joining Heriot-Watt University, completed a Master of Science in International Finance at the Skema Business School, France. Hoang also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 2008. After that, she worked as a lecturer at Eastern International University (Viet Nam). Hoang completed her CFA – level 3 examination in 2014.
Peihao Zhang joined the Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance in September 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Bing Xu and Professor Mustafa Caglayan. Peihao’s research is focus on the quantitative relationship between mutual fund return and financial economic uncertainties. And in detail, how changes in financial uncertainty affect the return of different types of mutual funds. Peihao obtained his master’s degree from London School of Economics in 2016.
Wahida Yaakub joined the PhD programme in Accounting and Finance at Heriot-Watt University in September 2013. She is under the supervision of Dr Mo Sherif and Prof Roszaini Haniffa. Her research focuses on behavioral corporate finance, specifically the behavior of initial public offerings in the main stock markets of the Association of South East Nation (ASEAN) state members. For her thesis, she examines how investor sentiment affects IPO valuations in the region, using emotion and textual sentiment as proxies for sentiment. Her research is purely quantitative, combining econometrics and textual analysis techniques. She holds a BA in Accounting and Finance (Hons.) from Liverpool John Moores University and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from MARA University of Technology in Malaysia. She has 5 year working experience in finance and project management.
Nana Abena Kwansa
Nana Abena Kwansa is a PhD student in accounting and finance. Before joining the University, she worked as a financial analyst at Strategic Hedge Capital, an investment banking firm in Ghana which specialises in debt and equity issue and financial advisory. Nana received an MSc in Finance with distinction from University of Strathclyde and she recently qualified to be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana. The industry experience developed the interest for her current research on capital structure, agency cost and internationalisation. Under the supervision of Dr. Edward Jones and Dr. Hao Li, her research seeks to investigate the factors that influence the corporate financing behaviour of multinational companies, particularly how increased international exposure affect the choice of debt and/or equity of firms. Nana is a teaching assistant on Corporate Finance theory and Research Methods courses for Accounting and Finance disciplines. She contributed to an academic textbook on Research Methods for Accounting and Finance.
Anthony Kyiu began his PhD in October 2014 and is being supervised by Dr. Edward Jones and Dr. Hao Li. His research interests lie in Investor Protection, Market Efficiency and Emerging Markets. Specifically, his thesis investigates how institutional development and ownership structure affect the impact of corporate information in selected common law African countries. Anthony is a teaching assistant on several finance courses including Corporate Financial Theory, Managing Corporate Value and International Bonds & Currency Markets. He has also contributed to the textbook on Research Methods for Accounting and Finance within the department. Anthony holds an MSc in Investment Analysis (with distinction) from the University of Stirling, UK where he was a Karen Napier Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Konstantin Kamp started working on his PhD in September 2014. Konstantin is supervised by Dr Edward Jones and Dr Bing Xu. He researches the usage of agency cost proxies in UK takeover markets. In his thesis, Konstantin examines the influence of agency costs on takeover likelihood and -bidding firm abnormal returns surrounding takeover announcements. Konstantin's teaching activities at Heriot-Watt University encompass the courses Introduction to Finance, Financial Market Theory, Corporate Finance, Financial Derivatives, Research Methods, as well as Agency Theory and Corporate Governance. Konstantin holds an MSc with distinction in Finance and Management from Heriot-Watt University. He is an Associate Fellow at the UK Higher Education Academy.
Mohamed Elshinawy (Moh)
Mohamed Elshinawy (Moh) joined the Finance group in April 2016. Moh holds a full grant from the Egyptian government to study for his PhD degree at Heriot-Watt University. Moh holds an MSc in Business Administration (Finance Major) from Cairo University Business College (CUBC) where he works as an Assistant Lecturer. Moh’s research focuses on behavioural finance and bank performance under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Paterson and Dr. Mo Sherif. His research and teaching interests are Finance, Behavioural Finance, Banking, Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance. Moh has participated in the Accounting, Society and the Environment (ASE) Research Workshop held in 2016 at Heriot-Watt University as well as the Scottish Doctoral Colloquium organized by Heriot-Watt University in 2016. Currently, Moh is finalizing his working paper entitled ‘Who Enters the Board Room? Board Diversity, CEO Education, and Bank Performance’ to be prepared for journal publishing, in addition to writing ‘Decision Making Under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty’ chapter to contribute to third year level Management Accounting text book.
Nana Kofi Agyei
Nana Kofi Agyei is a PhD student with a particular interest in the co-movement of liquidity between financial assets, the European Union Allowances and the Certified Emission Reduction both trading on the European Climate Exchange. Prior to joining the PhD programme at Heriot Watt University in September 2016, Nana Kofi completed a MSc in Investment Analysis at the University of Stirling where he graduated with distinction. His current supervisors are Dr Boulis M. Ibrahim and Dr Bing Xu. He is the tutor for Financial Derivatives, Managing Corporate Value and International Bonds and Currency Markets. He is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a graduate fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.
Oluwagbenga Adamolekun (Gbenga)
Oluwagbenga Adamolekun (Gbenga) joined the finance group in January 2017. His current research disentangles the impact of Cash Holding among listed companies which is being supervised by Dr Edward Jones and Dr Hao Li. He holds an MSc in International Investment and Finance with distinction from Bournemouth University. Gbenga is a member of the Centre of Finance and Investment (CFI) at Heriot-Watt University.
Mohammed Alshurafa joined the PhD programme in Accounting and Finance at Heriot-Watt University in July 2017 funded by James Watt Scholarship. Mohammed holds an MSc in accounting and finance from De Montfort University, Leicester at distinction and was awarded Leicester Business School Prize for the best dissertation on MSc accounting and finance. Mohammed has more than 5 years of experience in accounting and auditing at Ernst and Young and Education Above All Foundation in addition to his academic experience as part-time lecturer at the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine. Mohammed’s research is supervised by Prof. Rania Kamla and Dr. Akira Yonekura and focuses on NGOs’ accountability towards beneficiaries in the Occupied Palestinian Territories through a qualitative approach. The research focuses on how NGOs would remedy the government to provide basic services to beneficiaries who are increasing in numbers and needs due to war and siege. Currently, Mohammed is a teaching assistant on the Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting course for the Accountancy and Finance disciplines at Heriot-Watt University.
Kwadwo Boateng is a PhD student in the Accounting and Finance department. He is an investment banker and a registered securities trader on the Ghana Stock Exchange with more than five years of experience in African Markets. He holds a BSc in Finance and an MSc in Investment Management with first class and distinction honours respectively. He was also awarded the best graduating student (departmental prize) both at the BSc and MSc levels in GIMPA and Heriot-Watt University respectively. His current research focusses on the role of the engagement partner on the quality of audits performed in the United Kingdom. Under the supervision of Professor Chris Pong and Professor Mustapha Caglayan, he seeks to investigate if there exists significant variation in the quality of audits performed at the partner level and more so, if this can be explained by certain partner characteristics thus assessing the necessity or otherwise of mandating auditor rotation at the partner level.
Lubaina Zakaria joined the Accounting PhD programme at Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Prof Rania Kamla, Dr Edward Jones and Dr Santhosh Abraham (external) in 2014. Her research interest focuses on how social media enables the shifting of power to users/marginalised voices and specifically how these users mobilise this platform to challenge the hegemony as well as to mobilise collective action and emancipatory change in the context of crisis. Lubaina received MSc in International Accounting and Management with distinction from Heriot-Watt University in 2013. Prior to that, she had eight years of working experience with Petronas, a Malaysian oil and gas company. She has held various accounting and finance positions within Petronas, including corporate treasury, corporate finance, financial and management accounting, and risk management. She is also a teaching assistance in a number of accounting undergraduate courses at Heriot-Watt University. Lubaina also published two chapters in the Research Methods for Accounting & Finance textbook published by Goodfellow in 2016.
Konstantinos Ritos joined the Accounting PhD programme at Heriot-Watt University in January 2017. His research is focused on social inequalities and how accounting is used to preserve and maintain them. More specifically, under the critical perspectives of accounting, he looks at the use of accounting in the literature, standard setting and the current accounting practices to find where these inequalities stem from and how are they maintained. His research is conducted under the supervision of Dr Akira Yonekura and Professor Rania Kamla. In addition to his research, he is acting as a Student Representative for accounting postgraduate research students. He also graduated with distinction on his MSc in International Accounting and Finance at Heriot-Watt University in 2016.
Vasileios Milios joined the Accounting department in September 2015. Under the supervision of Dr Audrey Paterson and Dr William Jackson, Vasileios is researching the accounting practices of the Greek National Health system in a historical context. His research is a qualitative project (interviews and document analysis) which tries to evaluate the interaction between accounting and the political environment, and more specifically, how the excessive populism of the Greek society influenced the accountability within health system. Vasileios is also a teaching assistant in several accounting courses (introduction to accounting, social and environmental accounting, and management accounting).
Anees Farrukh joined the PhD programme in Accounting at Heriot –Watt University under the supervision of Dr Rania Kamla and Dr Audrey Paterson in 2014. His PhD aims to shed light on the accountability of NGOs to address the question of transparency that has emerged with a massive increase of public, international and private funds. By applying qualitative method of research, his thesis examines the relationship of the major actors involved in the NGO accountability. The focus of the research is the educational crisis in Pakistan with emphasis on the role of NGOs in the development process. Anees has also been tutoring courses that include Introduction to Accounting, Social and Environmental Accounting, Research Methods, Accounting Profession and Practice, Management Accounting in Organisations and Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting. Anees also contributed to a chapter in a Research Methods for Accounting and Finance textbook.
Vivian Agbemabiese joined the Accounting PhD programme in September 2016, under the Supervision of Professor Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen, Dr. Esinath Ndiweni and Professor Rania Kamla. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on gender equality and diversity within the accounting profession in the UAE using the feminist Intersectional framework. Her research adopts a qualitative approach. Vivian is also currently in the final semester of her PG CAP. She completed a MSc. in International Accounting and Finance from Heriot Watt University, (Dubai campus) in 2013 and has worked as an adjunct faculty since 2015. She has taught and tutored a variety of undergraduate courses including Managerial Accounting-Decision Making, International Accounting, Research Methods for Accounting and Finance and Management Accounting in Organisations. Prior to joining Heriot Watt, Vivian’s career was in the banking industry with Barclays Plc (UK). She also holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Economics and French.
Zayyad Abdul-Baki joined the Department of Accountancy, Economics and Finance in January 2016. He is being supervised by Professor Roszaini Haniffa and Dr Akira Yonekura. His research entails an investigation into the Institutionalisation of IFRS and its implications for capital market and accounting quality in Nigeria. He adopts a mixed method for the study. He has a number of journal articles published in ABS listed outlets while some are currently under consideration in 3* journals.
Yusuf Abdelrhman joined the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance in 2014. He is currently completing his PhD in accountancy and finance under the supervision of Professor Roszaini Haniffa and Professor Mustafa Caglayan. Yusuf’s research is interdisciplinary and mostly quantitative in areas that includes corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. He has been contributing to teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in a number of universities over the last ten years. Currently, Yusuf is a teaching assistant on the Finance and Financial Reporting course for the Accountancy and Finance disciplines at Heriot-Watt University. Yusuf holds a master’s degree with a first-class distinction from the University of Dundee.
Sakariyahu, Ola Rilwan is a PhD student in the Finance Department. Before now, he has worked as a banker with Sterling Bank plc and United Bank for Africa plc, both in Nigeria. He later joined University of Ilorin, Nigeria, as a lecturer in Finance, and gained more than five years of experience. He holds both BSc and MSc in Finance, from the University of Ilorin and University of Lagos respectively. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) where he was awarded best student in Law, Ethics and Corporate Governance. Also, he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers in Nigeria (CIS) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, United Kingdom (CISI). Under the supervision of Dr. Mo Sherif and Dr. Audrey Paterson, his current research focuses on how activities of sentiment-induced investors influence sectoral behaviour in the UK market, particularly in light of the uncertainties surrounding BREXIT.