World-class finance faculty

School faculty members are specialists in their field. They have international research reputations, consult for global corporations, advise government and international agencies, sit on the boards of mature companies as well as new ventures, and are frequently asked by the media for academic insight on a wide variety of topics.

Imperial College Business School has a tradition of research excellence in quantitative finance. Our faculty has international research reputations, consult for global corporations and advise financial firms.

Lara Cathcart

Academic Programme Director and Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Cathcart holds a Master’s degree and PhD in Finance from Birkbeck College, University of London. She specialises in the study of credit risk, derivative pricing and fixed income products. Her work has appeared in finance journals such as Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Quantitative Finance and in practitioner publications such as Risk and Professional Investor. Professor Cathcart is also an associate editor for the European Journal of Finance, and has consulted for several investment banks and HM Treasury.

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Dr Lara Cathcart, Academic Programme Director MSc Finance

Robert Kosowski

Associate Professor and Director of the Risk Management Lab and Centre for Hedge Fund research

Professor Kosowski holds a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and a MSc in Economics and PhD from the London School of Economics. His research interests include asset management, risk management, hedge funds, mutual funds, performance measurement, business cycles, derivative trading strategies and economic forecasting. Robert’s research has been published in top peer-reviewed finance journals such as The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies. His book Principles of Financial Engineering (co-authored with Salih Neftci) was published in 2014.

Professor Kosowski has consulted for private and public sector organisations in the areas of asset and risk management including Goldman Sachs, the Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank. His policy related advisory work includes: Specialist Adviser to UK House of Lords (2009-2010), Expert Technical Consultant (International Monetary Fund, 2008, 2016).

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Robert Kosowski

Alexander Michaelides

Head of the Department of Finance and Professor of Finance

Professor Michaelides holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Harvard. His research interests include household finance (for example, portfolio choice over the life cycle), asset pricing with heterogeneous agents and financial frictions, housing markets and topics in the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. His experience includes roles as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Cyprus, visiting scholar positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a Wim Duisenberg Research Fellow at the European Central Bank, and a senior researcher at the Central Bank of Cyprus.

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Walter Distaso

Professor of Financial Econometrics

Professor Distaso holds a PhD from the University of York. His research interests are in the area of estimation, specification testing and prediction of financial volatility in continuous time models; analysing macroeconomic and financial time series using long memory models; identifying the macroeconomic determinants of stock-market volatility; studying the dependence of multivariate financial time series using copulas; evaluating competing trading strategies; and analysing the features and the effects of market microstructure noise.

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Walter Distaso

Katrin Tinn

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr Tinn holds a BSc in Economics from Tallinn Technical University, a BA in Art from Estonian Academy of Art, a MSc in Economics from University College London and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics. Her research focuses on applied theory and her research interests include financial economics, rational expectations, economic growth,  technological innovation, information imperfections in financial markets, the relationship between equity markets and aggregate economy, trading incentives of financial institutions, asset market anomalies, international finance and trade, and the role of imperfect information in elections. Her research has been published in the American Economic Review, the top peer-reviewed journal in Economics.

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Dr Katrin Tinn

Department of Finance faculty

Further information about the Department of Finance’s faculty and their research areas is available on the Department’s webpages.