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Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS)

DeFiMS Staff

Head of Department

Professor Christine Oughton

Director of Distance Learning

Prof Pasquale Scaramozzino

Deputy Director of Distance Learning

Ms Sonja Ruehl / Dr Alberto Asquer

Head of Distance Learning Administration

Ms Elizabeth Harris

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Eunsuk Hong (term 1) and Dr Huan Zou (term 2)

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Helen Macnaughtan

PhD Tutor

Professor Ciaran Driver


Robert F Ash
Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan
Bob Ash China’s economic development in the 20th and 21st centuries (especially agricultural and rural change, demographic and employment issues, consumption and living standards); evolution of ‘Greater China’; economic development of Taiwan and cross-Strait economic relations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4525
  • Email: ra2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 267
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Reinhard Bachmann
Professor of International Management
Programme Convenor BSc Management
Reinhard Bachmann

Strategic Management, Organizational Analysis and Comparative Management

Ciaran Driver
Professor in Financial Economics
Ciaran Driver

Theories of corporate governance; testing real-options theory; capital investment studies; policy.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4993
  • Email: cd12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 540
  • Office Hours: Thursday 5-6pm
Bassam Fattouh
Professor in Finance and Management for the Middle East
Bassam Fattouh

Management in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), managerial systems and management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the Middle East (MSc), and Islamic banking and finance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4053
  • Email: bf11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 526
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Laurence Harris
Professor of Economics
Staff Silhouette

Corporate Finance, Ethics and Finance, Central Banking and Macroeconomics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4051/ 4050
  • Email: lh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 516
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-12 & 3-5
Gerhard Kling
Professor of International Business and Management
Gerhard Kling

Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Mathematical & Statistical Modelling

  • Tel: 020 7898 4821
  • Email: gk17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 529
  • Office Hours: Thursday 10-12

Christine Oughton
Professor of Managerial Economics, Head of Department
Christine Oughton

Industrial organisation and policy, innovation, sustainable development and corporate governance, including the governance and regulation of sport

  • Tel: 020 7898 4410
  • Email: co12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 532
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5pm
Pasquale Scaramozzino
Professor of Economics
Pasquale Scaramozzino Macroeconomics; fiscal policy; applied econometrics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4055
  • Email: ps6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 528
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Senior Lecturers

Ibrahim Abosag
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Staff Silhouette

Cross-cultural marketing, international consumer behaviour.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4223
  • Email: ia9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 584
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Hong Bo
Reader in Financial Economics
Hong Bo

Firm investment decisions under uncertainty; capital market imperfections; corporate finance; corporate governance; financial economics; China.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4528
  • Email: hb22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 543
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11-1

Alberto Feduzi
Senior Lecturer in Strategy
Staff Silhouette

Strategic and organizational decision making; Project management under high uncertainty; Behavioural economics and the behavioural foundations of strategy; the economics of the welfare state.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4460
  • Email: af19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 442
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 4-5
Matthew Haigh
Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Matthew Haigh

My research draws on moral philosophy and visual sociology to engage with environmental regulation and the behaviour of financial markets.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4145
  • Email: mh92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 548
  • Office Hours: Friday 10-12

Ben Hardy
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management
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Linda Hsieh
Senior Lecturer in International Business Management
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Federico Mucciarelli
Reader in Financial Law
Federico Mucciarelli

Takeover regulation; corporate and insolvency law; international corporate law and freedom of establishment.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4545
  • Email: fm11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 550
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11am
Mark Neal
Senior Lecturer in International Business & Management (MENA)
Academic Programme Director: International Management (Middle East and North Africa)
Mark Neal

Management and leadership in the Middle East and South East Asia. Corruption. Tourism. Business education and poverty reduction. Sustainable development in MENA and SE Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4778 / 07517670054
  • Email: mn12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 566
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5

Gary Schwarz
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management
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Yoshikatsu Shinozawa
Senior Lecturer in Financial Studies
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Dr Shinozawa's research interests lie in asset management firms and their products. Recently he has developed a special interest in the areas of corporate governance, and the banking industry in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4084
  • Email: ys6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5

Huan Zou
Senior Lecturer in International Management
Huan Zou

International market entry strategies; international acquisitions; international entrepreneurship; knowledge learning; venture capitals in emerging markets.


Richard Alexander
Lecturer in Financial Law
Richard Alexander

Financial Services Law and regulation, control of economic crime, human rights law (especially European Convention on Human Rights – measures taken to fight organised and economic crime and terrorism), European Union Law

  • Tel: 020 7898 4644
  • Email: ra30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 553
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2.30-4.30
Alberto Asquer
Alberto Asquer

Public policy and management, especially in the political economy of regulation and regulatory reforms, public policy implementation, public management.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4460
  • Email: aa144@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 442
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1

Senija Causevic
Lecturer in Marketing
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
  • Email: sc83@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 549
  • Office Hours: Monday 2 - 4
Maurizio Fiaschetti
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Eunsuk Hong
Lecturer in International Business & Management (China)
Eunsuk Hong

Foreign Direct Investment, Emerging-Market Multinationals, Applied spatial econometrics, Chinese management/economy

Tolulola Lawal
Lecturer in Accounting
Staff Silhouette

Determinants and capital market implications of accounting information, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4620
  • Email: tl5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 525
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Helen Macnaughtan
Senior Lecturer in International Business and Management (Japan)
Helen Macnaughton
  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Damian Tobin
Lecturer in Chinese Business and Management
Damian Tobin

Hong Kong's financial system; Renminbi internationalisation and banking reform; Economic modernisation and the State; China's management reforms, especially in the oil sector

  • Tel: 020 7898 4058
  • Email: dt29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 555
  • Office Hours: Friday 1.30 - 3.30pm

Tuukka Toivonen
Lecturer in International Management
Tuukka Toivonen

Organisational sociology; social innovation and entrepreneurship; collaborative innovation communities and networks; the emergence of alternative organisational models and institutional frameworks; youth-led social entrepreneurship; youth issues in Japan; social policy; comparative research (esp. Europe and East Asia)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4526
  • Email: tt37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 560
  • Office Hours: Monday 3 - 4.30
Sonja Ruehl
Fellow in Financial and Management Studies; Deputy Director, CeFiMS
Staff Silhouette Financial Sector Development in Japan and Vietnam. Gender Issues in Financing Development. Microfinance Institutions in Vietnam

Huanguang Qiu
Newton International Fellow
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Senior Teaching Fellows

Adel Hamaizia
Senior Teaching Fellow
Adel Hamaizia

Adel Hamaizia is a DPhil Candidate at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Financial and Management Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research focuses on the Political Economy of the Maghreb. His special interests are MENA-oriented and include regional integration; energy policy; economic diversification; private sector development; rentier states; state-business relations; and the development of institutions.

Yoshiko Jones
Senior Teaching Fellow
Yoshiko Jones

Ms Jones is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Financial and Management Studies and Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea.

She also coordinates The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese and Japanese Language Proficiency Test at SOAS Language Centre.

Vanesa Pesque Cela
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Teaching Fellows

Jing Bian
Teaching Fellow
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Financial Regulation, International Economic Law, Chinese Law, Corporate Governance, Cross-border Mergers and Aquisitions

Yueqin Dong
Teaching Fellow
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Laura El-Katiri
Teaching Fellow
Laura El Katiri

Energy policy, oil, natural gas, electricity, economic development and diversification, Middle East, GCC economies, Iran.

Associate Members

Dafydd Fell
Dafydd Fell Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: 020 7898 4206
  • Email: df2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 201
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2- 4
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2014/15
Nicholas H D Foster
Nick Foster Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.

Sanzhu Zhu
Sanzhu Zhu

Chinese law; comparative commercial and corporate law with reference to China; legal aspects of Chinese financial and futures markets; civil procedure and dispute resolution in China, particularly securities disputes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4667
  • Email: sz8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 240
  • Office Hours: Wednesday + Thursday 13:30 to 14:30
Machiko Nissanke
Machiko Nissanke North-South Economic relations, adjustment and development, finance and development, international trade and finance, and comparative economics policy studies in Asia and Africa. Teaching interests include open economy macroeconomics, international trade and finance and financial economics. Africa and Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4542
  • Email: mn2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 282
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Visiting Professors

Mohsin Khan
Visiting Professor
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Professorial Research Associates

Tony Allan
Professorial Research Associate
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

Alberto Iozzi
Professorial Research Associate
Alberto Iozzi

Industrial organisation, regulation, public economics.

Scott Rozelle
Professorial Research Associate
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Research Associates

Yothin Jinjarak
Research Associate
Yothin Jinjarak

International economics, macroeconomics, financial economics.

Tao Li
Research Associate
Tao Li

Jack Wu
Research Associate
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Administrative Staff

Richard Story
Department Manager
Richard Story
Matthew Jaggar
Faculty Officer (Academic Support)
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Anya Kropfitsch
Faculty Officer (Student Support)
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4487
  • Email: ak84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: R201
  • On Sabbatical:On leave
Helena Theseira
Faculty Officer (Student Support)
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