American University of Sharjah

Department of Finance

Department of Finance

Dr. Narjess Boubakri


Professor and Department Head

PhD, Laval University, Canada

Narjess Boubakri has taught at Laval University and HEC Montreal School of Business (affiliated with the University of Montreal). She has taught undergraduate as well as graduate classes in, among other things, corporate finance, financial decision making, and mergers and acquisitions. Her research interests include privatization, corporate governance and transparency, Islamic finance, cost of capital, firm valuation and mergers and acquisitions. Her research in these areas has been widely published.

Dr. Anas Aboulamer

Dr Anas Aboulamer

Visiting Assistant Professor, Finance

PhD in Administration, Concordia University, Canada

Prior to starting an academic career, Anas Aboulamer worked as a junior bond trader, a currency analyst in BCA Research and as a senior research consultant in Brandywine Global Assets Management. Dr. Aboulamer taught a multitude of courses in finance in McGill University and The Pennsylvania State University. He presented his research in prestigious international conferences such as the Financial Management Association meetings and Eastern Finance Association meetings among others. His research focuses on volatility and empirical assets pricing. Dr. Aboulamer’s research was published in the Journal of Empirical Finance, one of the leading finance journals.

Dr. Iness Aguir

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Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Iness Aguir's dissertation was in the area of empirical corporate finance, corporate governance and international finance. Her teaching and research areas are corporate finance, portfolio management and international finance. Dr. Aguir has presented her research in prestigious international conferences such as the European Finance Association and the Financial Management Association meetings. Her work has been published in the Journal of Financial Intermediation, one of the leading journals in finance.

Dr. Osamah AlKhazali



PhD in Finance, University of Memphis, USA

Before joining AUS, Osamah Al-Khazali taught at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. His areas of interest include corporate finance, financial markets, international finance, investment, banking and macroeconomics. Dr. Al-Khazali has published many articles in referred journals and presented papers at a number of national and international meetings and conferences. He is an editor of Journal of Economics and International Finance and serves on the editorial board of Business and Economics Research Journal. His non-academic experience includes developing many training programs in corporate finance, portfolio management, mutual funds, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, Islamic banking and finance and finance for non-financial professionals.

Dr. Jörg Bley


Professor and Dean

PhD in Finance, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Dr. Jörg Bley joined AUS in 2000. He served as Associated Dean, became the
Interim Dean in 2016, and was appointed Dean of the School of Business
Administration in February 2017. He has previously held the position of
Graduate Programs Director and Executive MBA Director at SBA. Dr. Bley also
liaises with the CFA Institute in his role as CFA Program Partner Director.

His research is focused on stock market behavior, market efficiency, and
valuation anomalies and has been published in various academic journals
such as the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions &
Money, the Emerging Markets Review, and the Global Finance Journal. He has
co-authored several textbooks on corporate finance with a Middle Eastern perspective that are widely used in universities throughout the MENA region.

Dr. Bley holds professional designations in investment analysis and risk
management, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), the Chartered
Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Before receiving his PhD from Florida Atlantic University in the USA, Dr. Bley
was an assistant vice president and head of equity trading for JP Morgan in
Frankfurt, Germany. He also worked in senior positions at Banque National de
Paris and Deutsche Bank. Dr. Bley has conducted numerous seminars on
financial management for the UAE Government, Chambers of Commerce,
McKinsey, RTA and other corporate clients. He has taught a wide range of
courses in the areas of investments, financial derivatives, international
finance and corporate finance at the undergraduate, graduate and Executive
MBA level. As an investment expert, Dr. Bley has also taught frequently in
Boston University's MBA program.

Dr. Ujjal Chatterjee

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Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Prior to joining AUS and receiving his PhD, Ujjal Chatterjee's worked in the automotive industry, spanning the globe as an electrical engineer and consultant. His dissertation was in the area of financial intermediation and asset pricing. Dr. Chatterjee has presented his research in leading finance conferences such as the Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) and the Financial Management Association (FMA). Dr. Chatterjee is a member of the American Finance Association, FIRS and FMA. His research interests include banking, financial intermediation, asset pricing and market microstructure.

Dr. Abdelaziz Chazi


Associate Professor

PhD in Finance, University of North Texas, USA

Abdelaziz Chazi has a background in management and marketing. He has won several international grants and awards including the prestigious Fulbright full scholarship. Dr. Chazi has several publications in the area of finance, and serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for a number of academic journals. His past industry experience includes eight years with ExxonMobil Corporation, while his current teaching and consulting interests are in the area of Islamic finance and corporate finance.

Dr. Daniel Dupuis

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Concordia University, Canada

Daniel Dupuis has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Sherbrooke University and received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Academy of Finance in Chicago. His research interests include asset pricing and short sales and he has presented at prestigious international conferences such as the Financial Management Association and the Eurasia Business and Economics Society meetings. Dr. Dupuis has extensive industry experience as a derivatives floor trader in Chicago and Toronto and has pioneered the implementation of academic trading rooms and financial research labs in universities.

Dr. Ali Mirzaei

Ali Mirzaei

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD, Brunel University, London

Ali Mirzaei’s dissertation was in the area of banking performance and finance–growth nexus. He has taught at Brunel University London, and has professional experience in a development bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the United National Development Organization (UNIDO). His research areas of interest include banking performance, industry growth, macroprudential policy and Islamic banking. Dr. Mirzaei has published several papers in leading financial journals, such as the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Dr. Mohsen Saad


Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean

PhD, University of Delaware, USA

Mohsen Saad's dissertation was in the area of micro-structure of finance. Prior to joining AUS, he worked at the American University in Dubai. Dr. Saad has been published in many reputable journals including, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Journal of Empirical Finance and The Journal of Financial Research. Dr. Saad is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Banking Accounting and Finance. His research interests include market trading, market efficiency and banking.

Dr. Anis Samet

Dr Anis Samet

Associate Professor

PhD in Finance, HEC-Montreal, Canada

Before joining AUS, Anis Samet taught at Abu Dhabi University and worked as risk management advisor with one of the largest institutional investors in Canada and has published in leading financial journals, such as the Journal of Banking and Finance. His research interests include international finance, corporate finance, corporate governance, financial risk management, financial markets, Islamic finance and financial econometrics.

Dr. Zaher Zantout



PhD in Finance, Drexel University, USA

Zaher Zantout has taught at several universities. His research is published in leading finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and Journal of Financial Research. His work has been cited numerous times in research published in leading finance journals, and it has been profiled in Business Week and the CFA digest. He has a background in the banking industry and has worked as a consultant in the areas of corporate finance and banking for several years.

Dr. Christian Rauch

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Assistant Professor of Finance

Chris is lecturer and researcher with a focus on financial intermediation, especially Private Equity/Venture Capital, and Bank Risk Management. He lectures Undergrad, MBA and Executive courses in Alternative Investments, Corporate Finance, Banking and M&A. His research has been published in academic journals, most notably the Journal of Financial Economics, and cited in various newspaper outlets, such as the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining AUS he was Barclays Fellow at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), Assistant Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt/Germany, and part of the TechStars RISE incubator program (London) with his own FinTech startup.

Dr. Kimberly Gleason


Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Kimberly Gleason is an Associate Professor of Finance at AUS. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. Her areas of interest for research are related to gender and entrepreneurship, international business, and external monitoring of capital market activity. She has over seventy peer reviewed publications in Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Business Research, Financial Review, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Brand Management, and Journal of Auditing, Accounting, and Finance.

Dr. Ilias Visvikis

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 and Director, Office of Executive and Professional Education

Ilias Visvikis is Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review and of Multinational Finance Journal. Previously he was faculty member at UN-affiliated World Maritime University in Sweden (2012-2017) and at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece (2005-2012). He has been Director of postgraduate and executive programs, and has teaching experience from several universities around the world. He has written in the areas of shipping finance, derivatives and risk management and has been the author of research work published in international refereed journals, conference proceedings and books. He has presented his work in international conferences held in USA, Europe and Asia.