Lemma W. Senbet, Founding Director
William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance
Senbet serves as senior policy advisor to the center.
Professor Senbet was Chair of the Finance Department, 1998-2006, and his tenure saw rapid transformation of the department into world class. His widely cited publications have appeared in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, and other leading academic journals. He has received numerous honors and professional recognitions. He has been a director of the American Finance Association and served as President of the Western Finance Association.He is currently the Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). He is inducted Fellow of the Financial Management Association International and a member of the Financial Economists Roundtable. He was awarded an honorary doctor of letters Honoris Causa by Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia's flagship institution of higher learning. Senbet has advised the World Bank, the IMF, the UN, and other institutions on issues of financial sector reforms and capital market development. He has served as an independent director for The Fortis Funds and currently is an independent director for The Hartford Funds. Senbet has also served on over a dozen editorial boards, including the Journal of Finance (12 years), Financial Management (20 years), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (7 years), served as executive editor of Financial Management (6 years), and Editor (Finance), JIBS (5 years). Senbet has produced a string of doctoral students and placed them in major universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Minnesota. He received the Smith School's Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 1994.
Michelle Lui, Special Affiliate
Michelle served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Financial Policy from 2011-2014. Prior to joining the CFP, Michelle served as Director of Enrollment Management Operations at Franklin & Marshall College. In this role, she was responsible for managing the daily operations of the college's Enrollment Management division, overseeing communication flow, organizing special events, providing relevant data analyses to internal and external groups, monitoring the capital and operating budgets, managing the technological processes utilized in the organization, and interfacing with the Board of Trustees. She regularly collaborated with other college divisions including Advancement, Communications, Institutional Research, Finance, and Technology Services.
Michelle has also had previous experience in product management at Tyco Electronics. There, she collaborated with Marketing and Communications managers to revise and create catalogs, datasheets, and web content. Moreover, she oversaw the transfer of data to a global data system and provided liaison support between technical engineers and global account managers.