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May 2011

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Ms. Zhang Liming joined the Credit Rating Market Monitoring Team as a Research Analyst. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies from the Liverpool John Moores University and a Master of Science in International Business from the University of Dundee. Liming has about 4 years of work experience in a Singapore IT startup company and at the RBC Dexia Investor Services Bank.

Mr. Hou Li joined the RMI Credit Rating Data Validation Team as Research Analyst. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and has recently completed his Master of Science (Industrial & Systems Engineering) degree program at National University of Singapore.

Dr. Elisabeth Van Laere joined as a research fellow in May 2011. She obtained her Master's degree in Applied Economics magna cum laude from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2002. Later that year, she joined the Department of Corporate Finance at Ghent University and the Competence Centre of Accounting and Finance at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. During these first years Elisabeth has conducted research in the area of mergers and acquisitions, small business finance and private equity. In addition, she has been teaching courses on financial statement analysis at the bachelor level. In January 2005, Elisabeth decided to join the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School on a full-time basis. Her activities included research, executive teaching and developing new initiatives in the area of corporate finance (Vlerick CFO-Club, Master Class in Corporate Finance, Vlerick Finance Academy). In October 2006 she started her PhD on capital regulation of financial institutions, the role of ratings and the tension field between regulation and economic reality. She obtained her doctoral degree from K.U.Leuven in January 2011. In the meantime, she has written several policy reports and scientific articles in various areas of corporate finance. Her current research interests include capital regulation of financial institutions, internal and external credit ratings, credit risk, credit rationing and small and medium-sized firm financing.

Visitors

Prof. Sanjiv Das is Professor of Finance and Chair of the Finance Department at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. He previously held faculty appointments as Associate Professor at Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley. He holds post-graduate degrees in Finance (M.Phil and Ph.D. from New York University), Computer Science (M.S. from UC Berkeley), an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, B.Com in Accounting and Economics (University of Bombay, Sydenham College), and is also a qualified Cost and Works Accountant. His current research interests include the modeling of default risk, machine learning, social networks, and derivatives pricing models, portfolio theory, and venture capital. He has published over seventy articles in academic journals, and has won numerous awards for research and teaching. Prof. Sajiv visited RMI from 6 to12 February 2011.

Prof. Robert Elliott visited RMI from 9 to 16 February 2011. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Oxford University, and his Ph.D.and D.Sc. from Cambridge University. He has held positions at Newcastle, Yale, Oxford, Warwick, Hull, Alberta, and visiting positions in Toronto, Northwestern, Kentucky, Brown, Paris, Denmark, Hong Kong and Australia. From 2001 to 2009 he was the RBC Financial Group Professor of Finance at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he is also an Adjunct Professor in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. Currently he is an Australian Professorial Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Professor Elliott has authored nine books and over 400 papers.

From 28 February to 6 March 2011, Prof. Frank Milne, Bank of Montreal Professor of Economics and Finance in the Economics at the Queen's University; with a joint appointment in the Queen's School of Business, visited RMI. Before joining Queen's University in 1991, he was a Reader in Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has been during his career a visitor at Stanford University, University of Chicago, Carnegie-Mellon University, New York University, London Business School, The University of Mannheim, University of Heidelberg and many other universities around the world. Professor Milne has taught a number of graduate courses in the Queen's Economics Department. These courses include Finance Theory, Financial Derivatives, Financial Risk Management; Corporate Finance, and Modern Banking and Financial Institution Theory. In recent years he has run PhD workshops on a number of current topics, including: Financial Stability Models; Liquidity Models, and The Theory of Herding. From 2001 Prof. Milne has been a visitor to the Bank of England, discussing Financial Stability with senior members of the Financial Stability section of the Bank.

Prof. Ser-Huan Poon visited RMI from 28 February to 10 April 2011. Prof. Poon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Accountancy and obtained her Masters degree in Accounting and Finance and PhD degree in Finance from Lancaster University, UK. She is now a Professor of Finance at Manchester Business School, UK. Prof. Poon has published widely in both academic and practitioner journals. Her ability to reach both sets of audience is evidenced by her volatility review article published in the Journal of Economic Literature, which was cited on the Nobel web site as the reference reading in volatility. A companion paper was published in the Financial Analysts Journal and won the best paper prize in 2003. She has also won the FMA (taxes, 2008) best paper prize in Fixed Income Research for her work on Pricing GDP-linked Bonds. Prof. Poon is currently the head of postgraduate research in Accounting and Finance at Manchester Business School, and she teaches volatility forecasting and trading to practitioners in London and in Singapore. She is a Board Member of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). In 2008, she successfully led a consortium of 19 university and industry partners on a €3.7 million bid for research training in the theme of Risk Management and Risk Reporting.

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