• World Finance Conference
    Santiago do Chile, July 24-26, 2019
    Santiago do Chile

World Finance Conference

  • Location

    Santiago do Chile
  • Date

    Santiago do Chile, July 24-26, 2019

About the Conference


Program Proceeding online

Keynote Speakers

Kose John

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business (United States)

Kose John is the Charles William Gerstenberg Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Florida. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences PO). He has won several awards including the Batterymarch Fellowship in 1983 and the Jensen Prize for the Best Paper published in 2000 in the Journal of Financial Economics. He is on the Nominating Committee for the Nobel Prize in Economics for 2017. He is the author of two books (on futures markets and dividend policy) and the editor of 23 books and special issues of finance journals, on topics such as financial stability, financial distress, and valuation of distressed securities, corporate governance, and investments innovations in finance. He has published over 103 research articles in the major finance and economics journals. His recent research focuses on banking, financial crisis, corporate governance, top-management compensation, and financial distress, valuation of distressed claims, and comparative bankruptcy and governance systems. He has completed 57 Working Papers in addition to his published work. He serves as the President of the Financial Management Association International. He also serves as the Program Chair of the Association of Financial Economists. He has been a mentor and advisor to a large number (90) of doctoral students who are finance professors and finance practitioners all over the world.

Dr. John received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Kerala, India, his masters in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and his Doctor of Philosophy in management science from the University of Florida.

Anthony Saunders

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business (United States)

Anthony Saunders is the John M. Schiff Professor of Finance at NYU Stern. Professor Saunders received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses at NYU since 1978. Throughout his academic career, his teaching and research have specialized in financial institutions and international banking. He has served as a visiting professor all over the world, including INSEAD, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the University of Melbourne.

Professor Saunders holds positions on the Board of Academic Consultants of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as well as the Council of Research Advisors for the Federal National Mortgage Association. In addition, Dr. Saunders has acted as a visiting scholar at the comptroller of the Currency and at the Federal Monetary Fund. He is an editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Financial Markets, Instruments and Institutions, as well as an associate editor of eight other journals, including Financial Management and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. His research has been published in all of the major finance and banking journals and in several books. He has just published a new edition of his textbook, Financial Institutions Management: Risk Management Perspective for McGraw-Hill (4th edition) as well as a 2nd edition of his book on Credit Risk Measurement for John Wiley & Sons (with Linda Allen).


Following on from his highly entertaining and very popular Keynote Address at the World Finance Conference 2018 in Mauritius on Pitching Research, Professor Robert Faff from the University of Queensland Business School will co-ordinate and lead a SHARK TANK PITCH event at the WFC 2019 in Santiago. Selected pitchers will pitch their research idea to the Sharks (i.e. a panel of senior research experts/ journal editors). Subject to meeting a minimum threshold of research quality and potential, pitches presented at the WFC 2019 SHARK TANK PITCH event will be invited to execute the research project and publish the resultant completed paper in a special issue of the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

SHARK TANK PITCH Submission Process

1. Using the pitching framework and advice given in Faff (2018, Pitching Research, SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2462059), create a pitch on your chosen area of proposed research relevant to the Pacific-Basin finance research community.

2. Please note: (a) while the proposed project can involve a US sample, it should NOT be exclusively based on US data; (b) pitches aiming to use innovative data sets are particularly welcome; and (c) do NOT ?reverse engineer? an existing paper of yours/your pitch MUST involve a "new" idea that you have NOT yet seriously explored.

3. All entries into the WFC 2019 SHARK TANK PITCH competition must be made via the web portal: