Centre for Global Finance


The Centre for Global Finance (CGF) is established under the AXA Chair in Global Finance.

The centre undertakes rigorous research that explores mega-trends in global finance and how they impact on development in the international financial system and the world economy. The research via the centre aims to significantly extend the existing body of knowledge on finance, stability and growth. This can help identify the drivers of growth in emerging economies, and the issues that lead to financial crashes.

CGF also offers a Mphil/PhD Scholarship every year to invite talented individuals to support the research of the founding Director of CGF - Professor Victor Murinde.

Professor Victor Murinde is a financial economist, with more than 25 years’ expertise, post-PhD, mainly involving university research and teaching, but also including senior-level stints at practitioner, policy and consultancy roles for governments and leading international organisations.

In 2017, he has been appointed to the AXA Chair in Global Finance in the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London.

He has contributed over 100 research papers to the financial economics literature, mainly in the areas of banking and finance, development finance, and financial markets. According to the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), his research on “Shaping Bank Regulatory Reforms in Africa” was recognized for exceptional impact.

He was the founding Director of African Development Institute at the African Development Bank (2011-2014). 

Professor Victor Murinde is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a large research project on “Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth”, funded under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme. He is also a Co-Investigator on ESRC – NSFC Grant on “Research on China’s Financial System towards Sustainable Growth: The Role of Innovation, Diversity and Financial Regulation”, [ESRC Reference: ES/P005241/1] jointly with colleagues at SOAS University of London and Nankai University Tianjen, and Zhejiang University, Hangzou, in China.

He is the Chair of Africa Regional Standing Committee of the Econometric Society. Also, he is Chair of Group C (Finance & Resource Mobilization) for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); and Board Member of New Rules for Global Finance, a policy forum based in Washington DC.

Our major research projects

Contact us

Professor Victor Murinde

Email: v.murinde@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4057

Dr Meng Xie

Email: xm1@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4572