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Prof. Dr. Sabri Boubaker

Professor of Finance at EM Normandie Business School (Paris, France)

Sabri Boubaker is a Professor of Finance at EM Normandie Business School (Paris, France) and Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche en Gestion (University of Paris Est). Dr. Boubaker holds a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Paris Est (2006) and a HDR degree (Habilitation for Supervising Doctoral Research) in 2010 from the same university. Dr. Boubaker has published more than 80 academic papers in international refereed journals including Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Journal of Financial Research. He has also edited eleven books on corporate finance, corporate governance, board of directors and corporate social responsibility (Emerald Group Publishing, Springer Verlag, World Scientific Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, Elsevier, Hermes International Publishing, Edward Elgar) and many special issues in top tier refereed journals. Dr. Boubaker serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Management, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (Subject Editor), Emerging Markets Review (Subject Editor), Economic Modelling (Subject Editor), Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting (Associate Editor), Finance Research Letters (Associate editor), Business Ethics: A European Review (Associate Editor), Global Finance Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, and Review of Accounting and Finance. Pr. Boubaker is the co-founder and co-chair of the annual Paris Financial Management Conference (2013–) and of the Vietnam Symposium in Banking and Finance (VSBF) series (2016–). He is also the President of the International Society for the Advancement of Financial Economics (ISAFE).


 Dr. Ourania Dimitraki

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the University of Bedfordshire (UK)

Dr. Ourania is a committed Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance, with over 15 years of experience in academic leading UK and Greek institutions, teaching students from various cultural and social backgrounds. Ourania started her professional life as a governmental official in Greece. She finished her PhD in Economics in Brunel University, UK in July 2012 and joined the Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Global Strategy Group in the University of Essex in October 2012, as the expert on accounting and finance. Since March 2015 she is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the University of Bedfordshire.Having majored in economic and political studies both in the undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level, her principal research interests, though, lay on the impact of the regional aspect of social reproduction under specific sociohistorical conditions and political/governmental policies on economic growth. At present she is investigating the effects of political regime types, the policies which stem out of different political systems and the underlying social environment on the economic well-being in LDC (mainly Asian countries and the Balkans) by using the latest econometric modelling and analysis techniques.Her latest research papers investigate the relationship between fiscal policies and military expenditure in different places of the world.


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