Conference Organizers

Lemma Senbet

Professor Lemma W. Senbet

The William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY
MBA, UCLA 
E-mail: lsenbet@rhsmith.umd.edu

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 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), and served as executive editor of Financial Management (6 years). He is currently finance area editor for JIBS. 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.

Gurdip Bakshi

Gurdip S. Bakshi

Dean's Professor of Finance
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
E-mail: gbakshi@rhsmith.umd.edu

Professor Bakshi's research interests include asset pricing, international finance, term structure of interest rates, default risk, and pricing of derivative securities. His works have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Financial Studies. His recent work focuses on studying the valuation structures of technology stocks, risk premiums, investor irrationality, probability of stock market crashes, and credit risks. He was appointed FDIC Fellow in 2005, and won research grants from FDIC and BSI Gamma Foundation. Professor Bakshi also serves on the editorial boards of Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Derivatives Research and Journal of Financial Econometrics. He was ranked as a top 15% teacher in 2003, 2004 and 2007.

Rebecca Hann

Rebecca Hann

Associate Professor and KPMG Faculty Fellow
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
E-mail: rhann@rhsmith.umd.edu

Rebecca Hann received her MA and PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are in the areas of financial reporting and disclosure, corporate governance, and corporate finance. Her research has been published in leading accounting journals, including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Review of Accounting Studies. Prior to joining the Smith School, she was on the faculty of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown

Assistant Professor
University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ph.D., Accounting & Information Systems, Northwestern University 
E-mail: sbrown@rhsmith.umd.edu

Dr. Stephen Brown joined the AIA faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2008. He holds a doctorate in accounting from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Engineering Science and Economics from the University of Oxford in the UK. He is a Chartered Accountant and prior to entering academia, he worked for Arthur Andersen in both the audit and tax divisions. Stephen’s research focuses on the causes and effects of disclosures by management on the capital market. Stephen’s doctoral dissertation examined assumptions made by firms in the computation of their pension obligations and the way in which the capital markets interpret the resulting values reported in the financial statements. Subsequent work has examined the extent to which firms can reduce information asymmetry in the market for their stock by their disclosure policies. His work has been published in leading accounting journals.

During 2007-08, Stephen served as an academic fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before that, he was on the faculty of Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta.