2020 FINEST Autumn Workshop

The 2020 FINEST autumn workshop will take place online over the course of two half days. The conference is organised with the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) at the Essex Business School.

  • Mon 30 Nov - Tue 1 Dec 20


  • Online


  • Event type


  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

The Financial Intermediation Network of European Studies (FINEST) acts as a research and discussion forum for banking and financial intermediation researchers and practitioners throughout Europe. FINEST operates as an open research network facilitating research and other analytical synergies among academic staff involved in various European universities as well as policy makers and financial sector practitioners.

The FINEST is a private non-profit association (network) of researchers from various universities, central banks, financial authorities, other research institutes and practitioners who are interested in exploring all aspects of finance and banking.

FINEST activities include;

  • working papers
  • research projects
  • conferences
  • workshops
  • summer school

For those who wish to cooperate with FINEST activities, membership can be obtained on request. Please see the FINEST webpage for more details

Key information


  • Submission Deadline: 21 October 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance : 4 November 2020
  • Conference Programme Disclosure : 11 November 2020
  • Conference Date : 30 November - 1 December 2020


Please register to receive the Zoom information

Register for Day 1 - Monday 30 November 2020

Register for Day 2 - Tuesday 1 December 2020

 Please register for each day

Programme of events

Download the detailed conference programme (.pdf)

2020 FINEST Autumn Workshop

Keynote Speaker

Professor Manju Puri

Manju Puri is the J. B. Fuqua Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

She was earlier Associate Professor of Finance at Stanford Business School, which she joined after earning her PhD in Finance at New York University and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Professor Puri is an authority in the field of empirical corporate finance and has particular expertise in finance intermediation. Her published work spans the areas of;

  • commercial banks,
  • investment banks,
  • venture capital,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • behavioural finance,
  • FinTech

Her publication record includes over 30 refereed papers in the top finance and economic journals. Her research has appeared in publications such as American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. 

She has been the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship as well as multiple awards from the National Science Foundation.

Her research has one many awards including four best paper awards at the FMA Annual Meetings, two Western Finance Association best paper awards, an All-Star award from the the Journal of Financial Economics, and three fama-DFA/ Jensen best paper awards in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Professor Puri serves as Editor of the Review of Financial Studies. She earlier served as Editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation, as well as on the editorial boards of several Journals.

Professor Puri has served as the President of the Financial Intermediation Research Society. She has worked with multiple regulatory authorities serving on the Financial Advisory Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on the Model Validation Council, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

She has also served on the Bose Committee on the commission structure of financial product distribution for the Government of India, and on the Advisory Board for CAFRAL, Reserve Bank of India.

She currently serves on the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) Advisory Panel, Basel, and as a Senior Advisor, Centre for Financial Research, Federation Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). 

She is a senior academic fellow at the Asia Bureau of Finance and Economic Research and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Organisers and Steering Committee

Workshop Organisers

Franco Fiodelisi, Essex Business School

Claudia Girardone, Essex Business School

FINEST President

Franco Fiodelisi, Essex Business School

FINEST Steering Group

Alessandro Carretta, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Philip Molyneux, University of Sharjah

Amine Tarazi, University of Limoges

John O.S. Wilson, University of St. Andrews


Board Members

FINEST Working Papers Editorial Board

Barbara Casu, Cass Business School, City University

Santiago Carbo Valverde, CUNEF Business School and Bangor Business School

Olivier de Jonghe, National Bank of Belgium and Tilburg University

Meryem Duygen Fethi, University of Nottingham

Claudia Girardone, University of Essex 

Roman Matousek, Queen Mary University

Fotios Pasiours, Technical University of Crete

Daniele A. Previati, Universita Roma Tre

Andrea Sironi, Bocconi University

Enrico Sette, Banca d'Italia

FINEST Advisory Board

Viral V. Acharya, Stern School of Business, New York University

Thorsten Beck, Cass Business School, City University

Allen Berger, Moore School of Business, The University of South Carolina

Elena Carletti, Bocconi University 

John A. Doukas, Old Dominion University 

Gianni De Nicolo, Carey Business School, John Hopkins University

Robert DeYoung, KU School of Business, Kansas University

Bill B. Francis, Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Giorgio Gobbi, Banca d'Italia

Iftekhar Hasan, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

Luc Laeven, European Central Bank

Loretta J. Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Steven Ongena, University of Zurich 

George Pennacchi, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joao A. C. Santos, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Anjan Thakor, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Gregory F. Udell, Indiana University


Laura Blattner, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Nicola Cetorello, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Douglas Cumming, Florida Atlantic University

Leonardo Gambacorta, Bank of International Settlements

Angela Maddaloni, European Central Bank

Nadya Malenko, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Jose-Luis Peydro, Imperial College London / Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Enrico Sette, Banca d'Italia

Anjan Thakor, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

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