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Professor Victor Murinde, Director

AXA Professor in Global Finance

Murinde is responsible for providing CGF’s vision, strategy, and oversight. 

Victor Murinde is a financial economist, with more than 25 years’ expertise, post-PhD, mainly involving university research and teaching, but also including senior-level stints at practitioner, policy and consultancy roles for governments and leading international organisations. He has contributed over 100 research papers to the financial economics literature, mainly in the areas of banking and finance, development finance, and financial markets.

According to the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), his research on “Shaping Bank Regulatory Reforms in Africa” was recognized for exceptional impact. He was the founding Director of African Development Institute at the African Development Bank (2011-2014). He is the Chair of Africa Regional Standing Committee of the Econometric Society. Also, he is Chair of Group C (Finance & Resource Mobilization) for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); and Board Member of New Rules for Global Finance, a policy forum based in Washington DC.

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Dr Meng Xie, Manager

Xie manages CGF’s communications, events and strategic operations.

Meng Xie received her PhD in Finance and Management from SOAS School of Finance and Management.  

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Professor Christine Oughton, Senior Fellow

Oughton serves as a senior strategic advisor to CGF. 

Christine Oughton is Professor of Management Economics and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Before joining SOAS she was Professor of Economics and Management at the University of Bolzano and Professor of Management at Birkbeck. Her research focuses on innovation, environmental management & economics, corporate governance, financial inclusion and growth.

She was co-investigator on the ESRC Research Seminar Series, Complexity Economics for Sustainability that brought together, academics, practitioners and policy makers on environmental issues, and is co-investigator on the ESRC-DFID Project (ES/N013344/2) - Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth, focusing on innovation in low-income countries. Christine has published widely on innovation, environmental management & economics, governance and growth. In 2017 she was Research Fellow of the South African Reserve Bank. Between 2012-16 she was Head of the School of Finance and Management and served on the SOAS Board of Trustees.

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Professor Laurence Harris, Senior Fellow

Harris serves as a senior strategic advisor to CGF

Laurence Harris is Professor of Financial Economics and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 1999, he founded SOAS Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) and was founding Head of School of Finance and Management between 2002-2008. He is co-investigator on the ESRC-DFID Project (ES/N013344/2) - Delivering Inclusive Financial Development and Growth.

He has taught at the London School of Economics, University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, Birkbeck University of London, the Open University, and University of Zimbabwe. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, and the International Monetary Fund. He has held various advisory positions to international organisations including African Economic Research Consortium and South Africa National Treasury.

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Dr Ayse Demir, Research Fellow

Demir is a post-doc Research Fellow in the CGF

Ayse Demir joined CGF in 2017. She received her PhD and MSc in Economics from University of Leicester. Her research interests are financial system development, inclusive finance, income inequality, poverty reduction, economic development, economic analysis, applied econometrics, applied economics and economic policy analysis.

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Dr Désiré K. Kanga, Research Fellow

Kanga is a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the CGF

Désiré Kanga has joined CGF at SOAS University of London since 2018, under the AXA Chair in Global Finance. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Orléans (France), and an MSc in Statistics and Economics from ENSEA (Côte d’Ivoire). Before joining SOAS, he was involved in various research projects and teaching at ENSEA.

His research focuses on the banking sector and monetary policy transmission mechanisms. His ongoing research seeks to uncover new evidence on how cross-border banking impacts the domestic credit market in the WAEMU region. His work has been published in Economics and Statistics and Revue Economique.

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Dr Vanesa Pesqué-Cela, Research Fellow

Vanesa Pesqué-Cela joined CGF in 2017. She is a Research Fellow in SOAS School of Finance and Management. Her current research interests focus on the relationship between (public) finance and economic development. Vanesa completed degrees in Politics and Public Management (BA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and International Management for China (MSc) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, before completing a PhD in Finance and Management, also at SOAS.

Prior to that, she pursued studies in Chinese language at Peking University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She has taught and/or conducted research on the Chinese Economy at SOAS, King’s College London, and the Stockholm School of Economics.