Appointment of Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar

March 17, 2015

IBSS is pleased to announce the appointment of two Visiting Professors, Dr. Douglas Zhihua Zeng in Economics group and Dr. Paul Alagidede in Accounting and Finance group. The appointments are in line with IBSS’s aspiration to expand its international reach, by bringing in experts in their respective fields to enrich the student experience. This also provides IBSS staff members with possible collaborative opportunities with their respective home institutions. Further, IBSS is also delighted to announce that Dr. Chi-yih Yang would continue to serve as a Visiting Scholar for the School. Being a founding member of the school, Dr. Yang has contributed profoundly in the development of the school over the years and IBSS is grateful for her contributions.

Dr. Zhihua Zeng is a senior economist at the World Bank, and a globally known expert on macroeconomic policy, innovation, special economic zones, clusters, competitiveness and knowledge economy. He is a founding member of the “Knowledge for Development” program at the World Bank Institute. Since joining the Bank in 1998, he has worked on many countries in EAP, Africa, LAC, and ECA. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Stanford University. During his three-year appointment, Dr. Zhihua Zeng will contribute the school with participation in the conferences, seminar, guest lectures and executive education.

Dr. Paul Alagidede is currently a full Professor of Finance at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has held a number of academic positions at Rhodes University, University of Greenwich, and the University of Stirling. He was a visiting scholar at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, and presently holds visiting professor positions at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, the African Economic Research Consortium. Paul’s focus has been on capital market development in emerging economies, particularly, on the time series behaviour of asset returns. He has published widely in leading international peer reviewed journals. In addition to being the founding editor-in-chief of the African Review of Economics and Finance journal, and the Ghanaian Journal of Economics, he is also the executive director of the research think tank, African Finance and Economics Consult, and a National Research Foundation rated researcher.

Dr. Chi-yih Yang joined XJTLU in 2007, and acted as an associate professor in accounting and finance since 2008. Previously, she held various positions at Minghsin University of Science & Technology, China's Taiwan. Dr Yang has bridged her accounting and finance expertise between academia and industry. Before she moved into academia, she had worked for Hewlett Packard as financial analyst and Procter & Gamble as senior accountant. She holds a PhD in management as well as two international accounting certificates: Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. She has a wide range of research interests, such as financial accounting and reporting, corporate governance, management accounting. In 2013-14, she received the IBSS Dean’s award for Extraordinary Contribution to Teaching.

We are delighted on these appointments and look forward to working closely with them.

March 17, 2015