• World Finance Conference
    Norway, August 2nd-4th, 2023
    University of Agder

World Finance Conference

  • Location

  • Date

    August 2nd-4th, 2023

About the Conference


Program Proceeding online

Keynote Speakers

Steven Ongena

University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute (Switzerland)

Steven Ongena is a professor of banking in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, a senior chair at the Swiss Finance Institute, a research professor at KU Leuven, a research professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU Business School, and a research fellow in financial economics of CEPR. He is also a research professor at the Deutsche Bundesbank and a regular research visitor at the European Central Bank. Before moving to Zurich, he taught at CentER-Tilburg University and BI Norwegian Business School and was at the University of Oregon (PhD), SOR-BE (OF-1), University of Alberta (MA), and KU Leuven (MBA, Hir).

He is publishing in economics, finance, law and management journals. He co-authored, with Hans Degryse and Moshe Kim, the graduate textbook Microeconometrics of Banking: Methods, Applications and Results published by Oxford University Press.

He is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry, the International Journal of Central Banking, the International Review of Finance and the Journal of Financial Services Research, and an associate editor of the Journal of Financial StabilityEconomic Notes, the Asian Review of Financial Research, and the Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions. In the past he has served as a co-editor for the Review of Finance and as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the European Economic Review and the Journal of Banking and Finance, among other journals.

He is a fellow of CFS and serves on the scientific advisory board of EBESFINESTGOLCER, the Halle Institute for Economic ResearchIBEFA, the Research Data and Service Centre of the Deutsche Bundesbank and SAFE.

In 2017 he received an ERC Advanced Grant lending, in 2012 an NYU-Fordham-RPI Rising Star in Finance Award and in 2009 a Wim Duisenberg Research Fellowship of the European Central Bank.

Rajna Gibson Brandon

University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Rajna Gibson Brandon is professor of finance at the University of Geneva since September 2008. She was the founder and the Director of the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) at the University of Geneva  between 2009 and 2016, and is the Chairwomen and Managing Director of the Geneva Institute of Wealth Management ( GIWM) since 2016. From 2007 until 2015, she was Head of Research at the Swiss Finance Institute. She was the Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research Finrisk from 2001 to 2009. She was previously Professor of Finance at the University of Zurich, at the University of Lausanne and she was Assistant ? Professor in Finance at HEC, Paris. She holds a Ph.D in Economic  Sciences from the University of Geneva.

She was also Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re from June 2000 to April 2018 and is since November 2018, a Member of the Board of Directors of Group BNP, France and since May 2022, a  Member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). She is also a Member of the Surveillance Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva, a Member of the Academic Advisory Board of RepRisk and has been a Member of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (currently FINMA) from 1997 to 2004.

Her research interests cover asset pricing, experimental finance, corporate governance and sustainable finance.


Pacific-Basin Finance Journal
Accounting & Finance
International Journal of Emerging Markets
The British Accounting Review
International Journal of Managerial Finance


Publication Opportunity #1: SHARK TANK EVENT (seasoned full papers)

Professor Robert Faff from Bond University Business School will co-ordinate and lead another SHARK TANK event at the WFC2023. The key points to note about this event:

  • Targeting HIGH QUALITY seasoned papers presented at the WFC2023 conference;
  • Papers to go through a fast-tracked review for publication at a participating journal;
  • Pre-conference paper reviews will be based on the SHARK TANK process (as described in the information sheet available at the link: https://bit.ly/3UedA3f).


Which journals are involved in the WFC2023 SHARK TANK event?

  • ABACUS Journal of accounting finance and business studies (Wiley - Impact Factor 2.378)
  • Accounting & Finance (Wiley - Impact Factor 2.942)
  • British Accounting Review (Elsevier ? Impact Factor 5.577)
  • International Journal of Emerging Markets (Emerald- Impact Factor 2.448)
  • International Journal of Managerial Finance (Emerald) 
  • Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (Elsevier - Impact Factor 2.514)


How do I initiate my nomination for the WFC2023 SHARK TANK event?

The initial nomination for the Shark Tank is simple. At the time of your WFC2023 paper submission, you need to explicitly request that your paper be considered for the SHARK TANK event.  To do this, when you are asked to choose the Topic(s) of your paper, please also scroll to the end of the topic list where you will find an option for ?Shark Tank? and select this option. 


What are all the steps and conditions involved in the WFC2023 SHARK TANK event?

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



Publication Opportunity #2: PBFJ PRE-REGISTERED PROPOSALS

In celebration of the recent launch of pre-registered studies at the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (PBFJ), Professor Robert Faff from Bond University will co-ordinate and lead a pre-registered proposals stream at WFC2023. The pre-registration process focuses on accepting proposed projects based on great ideas, highly capable expert research teams who employ frontier techniques that deliver credible and reliable knowledge. Put simply, pre-registered proposal presenters will strive to convince the journal editor to ?sponsor? their yet-to-be-executed research toward future publication in PBFJ.  This stream of WFC2023 will be based on a carefully designed process described in the guidelines and information sheet available at the following link:



For further information & enquiries regarding either of these special WFC2023 events (i.e., either Shark Tank or Proposals) please email Professor Faff directly: rfaff@bond.edu.au