• World Finance Conference
    Malta, July 22th-24th, 2020

World Finance Conference

  • Location

  • Date

    July 22-24th,2019

About the Conference


Program Proceeding online

Keynote Speakers

Raghavendra Rau

Cambridge Judge Business School (United Kingdom)

Raghavendra Rau is the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is co-founder and Academic Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. His research focuses on how market participants acquire and use information. He is a past president of the European Finance Association, and a past editor of Financial Management. He serves on numerous academic editorial boards including the Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Besides the University of Cambridge, Raghu has taught at universities around the world, including the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences PO), Paris-Dauphine, the University of Luxembourg, Purdue University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of California at Berkeley. Raghu was Principal at Barclays Global Investors, then the largest asset manager in the world, in San Francisco from 2008-2009. His research has frequently been covered by the popular press including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, among others. In 2015, he also won the Ig Nobel prize in Management, an award given to research that makes people laugh, and then think about it.

Theo Vermaelen

INSEAD (France)

Theo Vermaelen is a Professor of Finance, the UBS Chair in Investment Banking, endowed in honour of Henry Grunfeld, and and the chair of the Finance Area at INSEAD. He teaches in the MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes and is an Academic Director of the Advanced International Corporate Finance programme. He is a graduate from the Department of Applied Economics at the Catholic University of Leuven (Commercial Engineer) and obtained his MBA and PhD in Finance from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.

Professor Vermaelen has taught at the University of British Columbia, the Catholic University of Leuven, the London Business School, UCLA and the University of Chicago. He has published articles on corporate finance and investments in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He serves as a co-editor of the Journal of Empirical Finance, an associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance and the European Financial Review, and an advisory editor of Teaching and Case Abstracts. 

Professor Vermaelen is a consultant to various corporations and government agencies and a Programme Director of the Amsterdam Institute of Finance.


Journal of Financial Stability
International Review of Financial Analysis
Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money
Emerging Markets Review
Journal of Multinational Financial Management
Pacific-Basin Finance Journal


Following on from the highly successful inaugural SHARK TANK event at the World Finance Conference 2019 in Santiago, Professor Robert Faff from the University of Queensland Business School will co-ordinate and lead a new SHARK TANK event at the WFC2020 in Malta.

The key focus of this event:

-targeting HIGH QUALITY seasoned papers presented at the WFC2020 conference;

-papers to go through a fast-tracked review for publication at a participating journal;

-the reviews based on the SHARK TANK process (as described in the information sheet available at the link shown below).


Which journals are involved in the WFC2020 SHARK TANK event?

The currently signed-up journals are:

* Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Elsevier - Impact Factor 1.836

* Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier- Impact Factor 2.108

* Journal of Multinational Financial Management - Impact Factor 1.283

* Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier - Impact Factor 1.442  

* Journal of Financial Stability, Elservier  - Impact Fcator 2.301

* International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier - Impact factor 1.694  


How do I initiate my nomination for the WFC2020 SHARK TANK event

Initial nomination is simple: at the time of your WFC2020 paper submission, you need to explicitly request that your paper be considered for the SHARK TANK event.  When you submit the paper please chose at same time the  Topic(s) of your paper and in the end of the topics you need will appears also? "Shark Tank". Please select also this option.  


What are all the steps and conditions involved in the WFC2020 SHARK TANK event?

Details of the series of steps and conditions are described in the guidelines and information sheet available at the following link:



Further Information & Enquiries

For updated SHARK TANK information consult Twitter: @FaffRobert searching #wfc2020sharktank

For any clarifications/queries regarding the SHARK TANK event, please email Professor Faff directly: r.faff@business.uq.edu.au