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Prof. Murinde Appointed AXA Chair in Global Finance at SOAS

Professor Victor Murinde, a long standing AERC resource person and Chair of Thematic Group on “Finance and Resource Mobilization” has been appointed to the AXA Professor in Global Finance in the School of Finance and Management at SOAS University of London. The AXA Chair in Global Finance is a new full-time permanent academic position, created by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and endowed by the AXA Research Fund. 

Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, said “SOAS is delighted to be awarded the AXA Chair in Global Finance; it is a great opportunity to make a significant long-term investment in partnership with AXA to appoint Professor Victor Murinde to the AXA Chair in Global Finance and to establish the Research Centre for Global Finance. The investment will facilitate a long-term research programme and disseminate the research findings via the Centre’s global academic and policy-related networks consistent with SOAS’ research strategy.”

Professor Victor Murinde said: “I am honoured to accept the position of AXA Chair in Global Finance and founding Director of the Research Centre in Global Finance. The research programme will significantly extend the existing body of knowledge on finance, stability and growth by systematically exploring the role of price and non-price factors in shaping global trends in flow of funds, and by mainstreaming the study of finance in Africa and Asia within global financial analysis.”  

Professor Victor Murinde is a leading 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 organizations. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a large research project (Euro 2.6 million) on “Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth”, funded under the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme, of which AERC is an institutional member.

Professor Victor’s colleague at SOAS and an AERC resource person, Professor Laurence Harris said, ‘Victor’s appointment to the AXA Chair in Global Finance is a mark of his high international standing. It is especially pleasing that, among his many contributions to our profession, Victor's outstanding work within the AERC and his writings on African economies receive recognition through this award.'

Professor Murinde has published over forty articles in many journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of Policy Modelling, World Development, Economic Notes and Applied Economics and Applied Financial Economics. His current research focuses on corporate finance and international finance.

About Centre for Financial and Management Studies

The Centre for Financial and Management Studies was founded in 1992 before its establishment as an academic Department in 2001 and its evolution to the SOAS School of Finance and Management in 2016. Over this time the School has more than doubled in size reflecting its success in research and scholarship in the fields of finance and management. The School’s research record is outstanding: in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework the School was ranked in the top 20 UK Schools for Business and Management (ranked 18th out of 101 Schools) on Research Intensity Grade Point Average. The School has also had significant success in attracting external funding from the UK’s national research council – The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

About AERC 

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in 1988, is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and training to inform economic policies in sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the most active Research and Capacity Building Institutions (RCBIs) in the world, with a focus on Africa. AERC’s mission rests on two premises: First, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy. Second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed cadre of locally-based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research. AERC builds that cadre through a programme that has three primary components: research, training and policy outreach. The organization has now emerged as a premier capacity building network institution integrating high quality economic policy research, postgraduate training and policy outreach within a vast network of researchers, universities and policy makers across Africa and beyond. AERC has increasingly received global acclaim for its quality products and services, and is ranked highly among global development think tanks.

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