Faculty Profiles

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.

James Sefton

Academic Programme Director MSc Investment & Wealth Management and MSc Finance & Accounting, Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics

Professor Sefton works both in academia and industry; he is a Professor of Economics at Imperial, and a Senior Quantitative Analyst at UBS Investment Bank. As an academic, he participates in the current UK pension debate, as a financial analyst he specialises in understanding asset pricing anomalies and equity investment strategies. James qualified first as an Information Engineer, before studying for a PhD in systems theory at Cambridge University. His career as an economist began at the Department of Applied Economics, Cambridge University, and then at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. He has published widely in areas as varied as computable general equilibrium modelling, national accounting, portfolio management and econometrics. In 2001 he was appointed to a Chair of Economics at Imperial College and became an Executive Director at UBS.

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J.A Sefton

Emiliano Pagnotta

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr Pagnotta’s research interests lie at the intersection of market microstructure, asset pricing, and the industrial organisation of financial markets. His recent studies examine the effects of speed and trading fragmentation on asset prices and social welfare; the effect of central clearing reforms on prices and liquidity; the transmission of information in financial markets; and the consequences of new regulations on market quality and performance. Dr Pagnotta holds a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires, an MA in Economics from Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina, and his PhD from the Economics Department at Northwestern University.

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Lara Cathcart

Academic Programme Director MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering, 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

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

David Miles

Professor of Financial Economics

Professor Miles is an Economic Advisor to the Bank of England and to the UK Debt Management Office. Between May 2009 and September 2015 Professor Miles was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. His experience also includes roles as Chief UK Economist and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Board member and Non Executive Director at The Financial Services Authority, London, and Chief UK Economist at Merrill Lynch, London. His current research focuses on policy issues connected with financial stability, the housing market and the setting of monetary policy. He is involved with the co-ordination between monetary policy and financial stability. One strand of research which reflects this is on the use of macro-prudential policy tools and, specifically, the setting of bank capital requirements. Future work will focus on how liquidity requirements and the setting of monetary policy interacts with capital requirements.

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Cláudia Custódio

Associate Professor of Finance

Since completing her PhD at the London School of Economics, Dr Custódio spent time working at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and NOVA School of Business and Economics. Dr Custódio is a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), and the Financial Markets Group (FMG). Her focus is Corporate Finance and her work has been published several times in academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies.

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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

Andrea Buraschi

Chair in Finance

Professor Buraschi’s research interests are in the fields of Financial Economics, Asset Pricing and Derivatives, and Financial Econometrics. He earned his PhD from The University of Chicago specialising in Financial Economics and Econometrics. Professor Buraschi’s work has been published in journals including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Derivatives, European Financial Management and The Journal of Banking and Finance.

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Andrea Buraschi

Department of Finance faculty

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