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Keynote speakers

William Megginson / 2017

Bill Megginson is Professor and Price Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business.  He is also the Saudi Aramco Chair Professor in Finance at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. From 2002 to 2007, he was a voting member of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance’s Global Advisory Committee on Privatization. During spring 2008, he was the Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies and Visiting Professor at the Université-Paris Dauphine. He received the University of Oklahoma’s top research prize, a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship, in April 2010. 

Professor Megginson's research interest has focused in recent years on the privatization of state-owned enterprises, sovereign wealth fund investments, energy finance, and investment banking principles and practices. He has published refereed articles in several top academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Foreign Policy. His co-authored study documenting significant performance improvements in recently privatized companies received one of two Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Awards for outstanding research published in the Journal of Finance during 1994. He is author or co-author of nine textbooks. 
Professor Megginson’s research has been frequently cited in academic and professional publications. His articles have been downloaded over 48,000 times from the Social Sciences Research Network, and his books and articles have been cited over 12,000 times (according to Google Scholar). His co-authored privatization survey article, published in the Journal of Economic Literature in 2001, is the eighth most widely cited finance article published since 2000, and the most widely cited article published in 2001. He is associate editor for two academic journals, and has served as a privatization consultant for the New York Stock Exchange, the OECD, the IMF, the World Federation of Exchanges, and the World Bank.

Francesco Caselli / 2017

Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.  He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Bologna in 1992 and a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1997. Previous appointments include Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and Paul Sack Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research interests include macroeconomics, economic development and political economy.

He is an elected fellow of the British Academy, the director of the Macroeconomics and Growth Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and an editor of Economica. Previously, he has served as managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies, co-editor of the Journal of Economic Development, member of the governing council of the European Economic Association, member of the LSE growth commission, and director of the macroeconomics programmes at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the International Growth Centre (IGC).
Professor Caselli has published extensively in top academic journals like American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and Journal of European Economic Association. According to Google Scholar, his academic work has been cited more than 9000 times.

Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, EDHEC, France / 2016

Graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Economics, Professor López-de-Silanes joined EDHEC Business School in 2007 as Professor of Finance. Specialized in international corporate finance and financial markets, legal reform, and privatization, he heads the Fund Governance Research program at the EDHEC-Risk Institute. 

Professor López-de-Silanes has been ranked as #1 European professor in Management and Economics for academic 
citations. He has published widely in leading economics and finance journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Finance, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. 

He has been repeatedly distinguished for research achievements. Since November 2004, he has been one of the three most cited researchers in the area of economics and business according to ESI Statistics. He has also been the second most cited professor in the world in the fields of economics and business according to the 2008 edition of the ScienceWatch rankings of management and economics professors. Drawn up by Thomson Reuters and based on an analysis of 11,000 international journals and 10 million articles, spanning a 10-year publication cycle, the ranking is a key indicator for the global academic community. He has previously held faculty positions at University of Amsterdam, Yale, Harvard, and ITAM. 

Among other distinctions, he received Harvard's Wells Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics (1995), the Brattle Prize for distinguished paper in the Journal of Finance of the American Finance Association (1999), and the Jensen Prize for the best papers published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations (2000). He is one of the top three most cited researchers in the world in economics.