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Imperial College Business School has made several new academic appointments for 2023–24. The new faculty members come from a variety of prestigious institutions and fill positions at different levels of seniority

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Farid Ahmed is a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics & Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and was a silver medalist at the Lahore University of Management Sciences where he completed his undergraduate degree.

His research interests are at the intersection of macroeconomics, finance and financial econometrics.

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Ryan Cory-Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of Analytics, Marketing & Operations and is affiliated with the I–X initiative on interdisciplinary AI and machine learning. Previously, he was a Herman Goldstine postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research. He received a PhD in Operations Research from MIT.

His research interests lie at the intersection of optimisation, machine learning and statistics, and their applications in business analytics and renewable energy. He is also interested in using optimisation to facilitate a rapid and economically viable transition to a low-carbon economy.

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John Finlay has joined the Department of Economics & Public Policy as Assistant Professor. He recently completed his PhD in Economics at Yale, specialising in international trade and macroeconomics.

Recent papers include “Exporters, Credit Constraints, and Misallocation” and “Housing Demand, Inequality and Spatial Sorting”.

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Danielle Lyssimachou is Principal Lecturer in Accounting (Teaching) in the Department of Finance. Prior to joining the Business School, she was Associate Professor of Accounting at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), and Assistant Professor in Accounting and Marie Curie Fellow at Alliance Manchester Business School.

She is the admissions tutor for the School’s BSc in Economics, Finance & Data Science. Her research examines the motives behind the behaviour of equity analysts and the properties and investment value of analyst forecasts.

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Rachel Ngai has joined as professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Department of Economics & Public Policy. 

Her research interests span economic growth, labour markets and housing markets, focusing on structural transformation, time allocation across skills, gender and across countries, role of search frictions in housing markets and the Chinese economy.

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Jieun Pai has joined the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship as Assistant Professor. She researches social hierarchy and conflict resolution to provide insight into how people can harmoniously satisfy their need for status in teams and organisations.

She received her PhD in Management & Organisation from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and holds an MA in Human Resources from University of Minnesota.

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Simon Quinn is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics & Public Policy. His research sits at the intersection of labour economics and development economics, with a particular interest in the role of firms and other organisations.

His recent research concerns matching frictions in urban labour markets and flexible models for microfinance.

Magdalena Rola-Janicka

Magdalena Rola-Janicka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance. Her research interests are financial intermediation, political economy of finance and climate finance.  

She is a member of Finance Theory Group and a co-organiser of PolEconFin, an initiative aimed at connecting researchers interested in political economy of finance. 

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Naveed Sultan, former Managing Director at Citigroup, has joined the Business School as Professor of Practice and taken on the role of Co-Director of the Centre for Financial Technology, where he will sit alongside fellow Co-Director Gilles Chemla.

Naveed's appointment is part of the School’s commitment to combining its research, academic and intellectual strengths with the insights of global business leaders.

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Gregory Theyel has joined the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship as a professorial teaching fellow. He is a biomedical manufacturing engineer with over 20 years of experience helping companies with strategy, product and process design, production planning, and supply chain management.

He has a doctorate from Clark University, has published more than 50 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has taught industrial engineering and management courses. 

Basil Williams is Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance. He researches finance theory, with a focus on problems involving asymmetric information.

His papers have examined banking, market microstructure, organisational economics, and incentive contracting.

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Fanyin Zheng has joined the Department of Analytics, Marketing & Operations as Assistant Professor. For the past year, she has been a visiting assistant professor at Imperial College Business School and an assistant professor at Columbia Business School.

Fanyin's research interests are empirical operations management, industrial organisation and applied econometrics.