Faculty Profiles

Imperial College Business School has a tradition of research excellence in quantitative finance. Our faculty have international research reputations and are heavily involved in practical risk management through their consulting activities.

Dr Lara Cathcart

Academic Programme Director and Associate Professor of Finance

Lara Cathcart holds a Master’s degree and PhD in Finance from Birkbeck College, University of London. She specializes in the study of credit risk, derivative pricing and fixed income products. Her work has appeared in leading quantitative finance journals and in more mainstream practitioner publications such as Risk and Professional Investor. Lara is also an associate editor for the European Journal of Finance.

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Paolo Zaffaroni

Professor in Financial Econometrics and Head of Group

Paolo Zaffaroni has a summa cum laude degree in economic statistics from Roma and holds a PhD in Econometrics from the London School of Economics. Paolo’s main research interests are financial econometrics and econometric theory as well as risk management and asset allocation. His publications include The Annals of Statistics, The Journal of Econometrics, The Journal of Time Series Analysis, The Journal of Empirical Finance, The Journal of Monetary Economics and Econometric Theory.

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Robert Kosowski

Assistant Professor and Director of the Risk Management Lab and Centre for Hedge Fund Research

Robert Kosowski has been awarded the European Finance Association 2007 Best Paper Award, an Inquire UK 2008 best paper award, an Inquire Europe 2009 best paper award and an Inquire Europe 2009 Award. Robert was an Assistant Professor at INSEAD and has worked for Goldman Sachs, the Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank and served as Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords and Expert Technical Consultant to the IMF.

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Rustam Ibragimov

Professor of Finance and Econometrics and Co-Director of the Finance PhD Programme

Rustam Ibragimov joined Imperial in 2012 from Harvard University as Professor of Finance and Econometrics. He holads a PhD in Economics from Yale University and a PhD in Mathematics from the Uzbek Academy of Sciences. Rustam's research has been published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Statistics serices, the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics online, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, Econometric Theory, and the Annals of Probability. His research includes modelling and analysis of crises and catastrophic risks, robustness of economic and financial modules and robust econometric methods.

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Karim Abadir

Professor of Financial Econometrics

Karim Abadir holds a DPhil from Oxford University and an MA and BA from the American University in Cairo. He has also taught at the American University in Cairo, University of Oxford, University of Exeter, and the University of York. He is a holder of two Econometric Theory awards, has authored over 60 articles in top journals and written two books.

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Dr Pasquale Della Corte,

Assistant Professor of Finance

Pasquale Della Corte is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (JMCB). Pasquale’s research interests focus on international finance, market microstructure, empirical asset pricing, portfolio choice and Bayesian econometrics. Pasquale holds a BA in Economics and Banking from the University of Siena, an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Brescia, and a PhD in Finance from the University of Warwick.

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Dr Enrico Biffis

Associate Professor of Actuarial Finance

Enrico Biffis is Associate Professor of Actuarial Finance at Imperial College Business School. He is also a fellow of the Pensions Institute in London, a member of the Munich Risk and Insurance Center at LMU Munich, and an editor of ASTIN Bulletin – The Journal of the International Actuarial Association. His area of expertise is asset-liability management, with emphasis on risk analysis and market consistent valuation for the insurance and pensions industry, as well as optimal risk transfers for catastrophe and long term risks.

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Professor Andrea Buraschi

Chair in Finance

Professor Buraschi’s research interests are in the fields of Financial Economics, Asset Pricing and Derivatives, and Financial Econometrics.

Professor Buraschi has previously held at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a Visiting Professor of Finance (2011 - 2013), where he taught in the MBA and Executive MBA Porgram. Earlier he has been at London Business School and Columbia University.

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Professor Douglas Gale

Director of Research of the Brevan Howard Centre

Professor Gale’s research interests include the foundations of general equilibrium theory; financial economics and banking; experimental economics and decision theory. He has worked closely with Franklin Allen on the theory of banking and financial crises, with special focus on the interaction of banks and markets. He is the author of several books, including Understanding Financial Crises (co-authored with Franklin Allen), and a large number of articles in leading journals on economic theory and financial economics. His current work focuses on the regulation of bank capital and liquidity.

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Alexander Michaelides

Professor of Finance

Alexander Michaelides is a Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School since September 2013, Head of the Department of Finance since October 2014, and Research Fellow at CEPR (International Macroeconomics and Financial Economics Programmes), at CFS (Frankfurt) and NETSPAR (The Netherlands).

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Dr Harjoat Bhamra

Associate Professor of Finance

Harjoat Bhamra is Associate Professor of Finance, having joined Imperial College Business School in 2013 from the University of British Columbia. Harjoat holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Finance from London Business School. His research focuses on Asset Pricing with Incomplete Markets, Credit Risk and Capital Structure, Recursive Utility, and International Finance, and has appeared in numerous publications including the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the American Economic Review.

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